A #HolidayGiftGuide #review! Lugz does it again with the 5-star men’s Empire WR #boots!

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lugzlogoCompany Bio: Lugz product is aggressively styled using the highest quality materials for maximum durability and superior comfort. Our footwear features premium leathers and durable construction. Everything is designed with the fashion forward customer in mind.

Today Lugz has expanded beyond boots and has added casual shoes, sandals and athletics to the mix, and the brand can be found at major retailers across the country.

Product Details: The Empire WR is a water resistant boot that will keep you comfortable and protected from the elements wherever the day takes you.

  • Water resistant Thermabuck upper
  • Padded tongue & collar
  • Flexa-stride memory foam sockliner
  • ASTM-F1677, Mark II tested slip resistant rubber sole

MSRP: $79.99

Personal Experience: I have worked with Lugz before with amazing results, so putting them in this year’s gift guide was a no-brainer. Getting the chance to try their newest men’s boot was the icing on the Christmas cookies! My husband is a pretty low-key type… takes a lot to get him excited about things like shoes… but he still tells people about how well his Drifter Steel Toes are holding up. I do too! Those boots cost half of what his other work boots averaged and they have outlasted every pair! So getting the chance to try another boot had him watching for packages to arrive. ;)


We chose the Charcoal/ Gray color. Most of his shoes are the typical black or white boots and sneakers, so it was nice to have a neutral option that steps outside his (shoe) box a little. The color combo is so classic (a bit lighter than it appears in my photos) and yet very modern in a boot style that is right for all ages of men. It’s just a great looking boot! I have to say that I was also surprised how lightweight the package was for a pair of men’s boots. As a person who once wore work boots every day at work, I can appreciate the value of a lightweight yet sturdy boot.

Ross had them on already on the day they arrived. He’s a brave man… he broke them in on our major grocery shopping trip, which is a four store tour of local grocery and club stores that can take hours. When I asked him how his feet were feeling at the end of the day he said, “Like I was wearing my sneakers.” I guess that memory foam liner is not just for show! It probably won’t come as a surprise that these have now replaced my husband’s sneakers as his everyday shoe. They look great with his jeans, keep his feet comfortable, and add some height to his already tall frame. (I’m going to have to order myself a pair of the Shifters for women to keep up!)


The upper is a suede-like Thermabuck that has proven to be very effective at wicking away moisture. Ross marveled over the way that they looked completely dry even after he had been out raking a yard full of very wet leaves on a dewy lawn. Any mud or debris that remained on the boot just brushed away with a sweep of his glove. (The picture above was taken after this day in the mud.) The slip-resistant sole also helped keep him on his feet as he trudged through puddles and slick spots on the deck and driveway. Adding a steel toe to these Empire WR boots would give Ross the one pair of boots that could top his Drifter Steel Toes for work. Maybe something for Lugz to consider? ;)

These are as well-made and sturdy as I have come to expect from Lugz. I still can’t believe how reasonable these prices are for such great quality. I know my husband feels the same, because he’s been recommending these and the Drifters to anyone who will listen. These would make a great gift for the teen or man in your life!

Pros: Well-made boot with classic style and memory foam comfort. Great for everyday wear or as a comfortable work boot. Easy to clean and wicks away moisture.

Cons: Can’t think of one… except that I don’t have a pair myself!

Overall Rating


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  1. I like the products from this company. They are comfortable and durable. I have purchased boots in the past that my husband still wears and I recently bought sandals for myself that I really like.

  2. These Lugz boots would be great for my one brother. He has such a hard time finding good comfortable boots to wear for where he works-

  3. They do have some really nice boots! I love the Drifter for women in wheat/gum shade.

  4. Lugz boots really hold up well compared to other boot brands my husband has tried. I like that these are water resistant and have a memory foam sockliner.

  5. Lugz Boots are the best…great review! I like the fact that they are water resistant, have a padded tongue & collar and have a flexa-stride memory foam sockliner!!

  6. I like that the Lugs boots are made from the highest quality materials. They are also stylish

  7. I love that these boots are water-resistant and slip-resistant. They would be great for my husband for work.

  8. I have known about this company for several years, but I have never owned a pair of Lugz. I looked at the website and they have many different styles. Merry Christmas!

  9. I love the quality of Lugz boots. They are made to last. They have great tread too. That is great that they wick away moisture so well.

  10. those shoes look comfy me i need the high one for the anke and then it get cold here and then soem time the snow will get bad not yeat so far

  11. I love these shoes. This company makes the best boots I have ever worn.

  12. I love the sturdy and comfortable look of Lugz shoes!

  13. I ike that they are well made and sturdy and can outlast other brands

  14. Those are some very sharp looking shoes, At first I thought they were purple, but it must just be my screen. Still, purple would be fun.

  15. I really like the style of those boots! Especially in the charcoal gray color!

  16. they have really nice shoes and i would love to have a pair of them hope is all i can do

  17. I’ve never tried these but they look well made.

  18. These boots are beautiful, but I really love the Lugz womens styles, including all of the slip-ons!

  19. The Lugs boots are very stylish and I like that they are made with quality materials. The men in my family would love to wear the boots. Good idea for Christmas presents!

  20. i never used to like lugz but after seeing some of their selection i was surprised i liked a couple different ones i didnt realize they had such a wide variety of styles.

  21. These sound like great shoes. I would like to try some of the waterproof ones. I can’t stand for my feet to get wet and not be able to change shoes!

  22. These are going to be perfect for my daughter,thanks so very much for sharing.

  23. I really like a lot of their products. I like the nice selection for men and women and even kids.


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