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The 21 Best Combat Boots for Stomping Your Way Through Winter

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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

The Slightly Punk Pair

This is what people mean when they say to stomp in your combat boots.

The Printed Pair

The Fuzzy Pair

Marc Fisher LTD Izzie
From $148
From $148

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.

The Flatforms

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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23 Combat Boots for Stomping Your Way Through Winter