Even if you hate cold weather, you have to admit that outerwear can be amusing. From muppet-y faux furs to chic and elegant wool coats, there are plenty of ways to have fun while bundling up. On the shoe front, though, winter is a drag. Heeled boots can be beautiful, but half the time it’s too wet and cold to wear anything but clunky snow boots.
The combat boot has been my style savior for several reasons. The sole has enough traction for icy surfaces, the flat bottom makes them easy to walk in, and many of them can be just as chic as a heeled ankle boot. Combat boots may not work for an office environment, but on the weekends, the right pair can you take you to just about any occasion.
Whether you’re in the market to splurge on a designer pair to last you a lifetime or looking for cheap durable ones for right now, shop below for our favorites.
The Elegant Black Pair
The sole here is a lot sleeker than on a classic Dr. Martens boot, and while the material is faux leather, the glossy finish makes it look elevated.
The Crazy Deal
We promise they look just as expensive in person. Extra points for the expanded size range of 5.5 to 11.
The Everyday Boot
Sick of black? Try these. The simple shape makes them super versatile despite the unusual color.
The Lined Pair
H&M is a surprising source for premium-looking shoes. These are 100-percent leather and are lined for a nice boost of warmth.
The Rough-and-Tumble Pair
Personally, I favor combat boots with chunky soles. The extra height gives the illusion of longer legs, and in this case, the gum sole will also withstand salt stains.
The Suede Boots
Fun, unusual, and, at only 70 bucks, unexpectedly affordable.
If You Love Florals
When spring is on your mind but there’s still snow on the ground.
The Ones You Can Wear With Skirts
The slim silhouette and buckle details add a feminine twist that would look great worn with tulle or pleated skirts.
The Combat Boot/Heel Hybrid
So delicate and chic we could imagine this on the Dior Resort runway. If the cognac shade doesn’t appeal to you, these are also available in black and an embossed eggshell.
The Subtly Shimmery Boot
The pewter shimmer is almost so subtle you have to squint, creating just the right mix of eccentricity and practicality.
The Matrix Boots
All black everything.
If You’re Not Afraid of Dirt
The Edgy Pair
I’d own two pairs of these boots if I could — they’re just that good. Dr. Martens are notoriously stiff until you break them in properly (which can take a while), but these at least have a side zipper for extra convenience.
The Boots for Street-Style Aspirants
Studs, buckles, and red patent leather seem like a lot, but when you’re trying to get photographed, isn’t that precisely what you want?
The Designer Pair On Sale
The sting of buying designer combat boots suddenly feels bearable with 30 percent off.
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