This Season's Must-Have Shoe Is (Gasp!) Actually Practical

Remember when Birkenstocks became a fashion trend? Opinions were divided — some willingly welcomed their kind-of-unattractive-but-mostly-comfy weirdness with open arms, while others remained dubious. Well, we have a feeling that will be the case for this season's ugly-cute footwear must-have. Introducing: the resurgence of the mountain boot.

Usually with a heavy, treaded sole and thick laces, the shoe that's about to be everywhere is far from traditionally stylish — but its practicality and no-fucks-given attitude is sure to make it a fashion-crowd staple sooner rather than later, especially once major urban cities turn to sludge mazes come winter.

In our opinion, there's nothing better than a shoe that's comfortable, versatile, and good-looking, too. And since there seems to be a bizarre footwear trend hitting the scene every season (who can forget spring's weird sandals or the foot-hugging glove shoes from fall?), it might just be time to embrace this chunky, outdoors-y boot.

Will you be wearing them? Click ahead for our picks and take your stance now.

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The trend's epitome.
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Go with a lighter color to break up your inevitably all-black outfits in the colder months.
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A slight wedge for any heel haters out there.
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Swap your usual black for an all-over brown.
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Have fun with your lace-tying techniques.
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Meet your new go-to "my friends forced me to go out in 30-degree snowy weather" shoe.
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Bonus points for weird color combos and plaid details.

DSQUARED2 Leather Mountain Boots, $780, available at Luisaviaroma.
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Your mountain boots can color-block, too.
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Opt for a bit of a heel to tone down the "literally just climbed a mountain" vibes.
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It's like a modern-day, stylish moon boot.
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A boot to wear with the thick socks you're inevitably getting for Christmas.
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Introduce some texture to your footwear.
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Lace 'em up real good.
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