Even if you aren’t a fan of cold weather, you have to admit that shopping for winter clothes is fun. From cozy coats to thigh-high boots, there are plenty of ways to have a good time while bundling up. But mustering the desire to wear heeled shoes is hard when your toes feel like icicles, and your best slippers, while cozy, aren’t the smartest choice once the snow starts falling — or when the hybrid work situation starts calling. Which is why we present to you: combat boots. The iconic anti-Establishment shoe is constantly being reimagined in new styles, and its rugged soles have enough traction for traversing icy surfaces.
Whether you’re in the market to splurge on a designer pair that will last you a lifetime or looking for inexpensive durable ones for right now, shop 21 of our favorites below.
The Quintessential Combat Boot
You can’t go wrong with Docs. Even though they’re notoriously stiff until you break them in properly (but now’s the time do that!), these at least have a side zipper for extra convenience.
If You’re Not Afraid of Dirt
Of course, if you’re paranoid, consider treating them with protectant spray.
The Slightly Punk Pair
This is what people mean when they say to stomp in your combat boots.
The Printed Pair
Snakeskin is totally a neutral.
The Fuzzy Pair
The furry lining will keep you extra toasty.
The Cut Shop Favorite
This brand comes highly recommended by the Cut Shop team since they’re more of a hybrid Chelsea-meets-combat style.
A little grungy and very cool, the best way to wear these mid-calf boots is laced up just halfway for an even cooler look.
The Unexpected Color
Boots made for the maximalist or the person who just appreciates a little color.
An Even Fuzzier Option
Instead of just a faux lining, these cushy boots are fuzzy all over for extra warmth. We guarantee you’ll turn a few heads with them on.
The Pair That’s Like Slippers
Get the combat-boot look without the stiffness of leather. These boots with faux-fur lining are basically like slippers.
The Everyday Pair
No bells or whistles, just a sturdy pair of leather combat booties.
The One You Can Wear With Skirts
A slim-fitting shaft is extra flattering and works better with skirts and dresses.
For the Winter-White Lover
The classic silhouette in an off-white shade to pair with your white puffer coat and accessories.
Another White Option
This white pair from sustainable brand Reformation has black accents if an all-white pair is too much.
If You’re Indecisive
These strappy combat boots are a little luxe and a little Fifth Element.
If You Want More Height
If you absolutely must wear heels, get ones with traction.
If You Want Something Versatile
With a slim silhouette and gold accents, these can be paired with dresses and skirts or denim.
The Wide-Calf Option
Made with a wider shaft, these lace-up boots will help avoid the dreaded mid-calf blister.
If You Want an Embellished Pair
Add a bit of edge with these matte-black studs.
The Nylon Pair
No longer dread rainy days with these water-resistant, edgy nylon boots.
A Chunky Option
This option has an exaggerated lug sole and padded details that’ll pair well with your puffer jacket.
The Lived-in Pair
These boots from the favorite boot brand will only get better with time; made with durable but soft leather and soft insoles, they’ll be a staple in your closet for years.
The Bold Boot
These are worthy of a #shoefie, from the bold green to the embossed print.
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