Originally manufactured for military utility, combat boots made their way to the world of fashion in the late ’70s to the early 2000’s. This punk rock piece made a revival circa 2013 and served to toughen up a woman’s wardrobe. That said, combat boots can do so much more than make us ladies look badassâ —count on them to fortify any ’fit, withstand harsh climates, and allow you to stand a little taller. These heavy duty babies never go out of style.
While a classic black leather Dr. Martens look is to die for, don't let that limit your creativity! Throughout the years, combat boots have evolved to serve all kinds of looks, from printed and platform to knee-skimming and high-heeled. Let the right pair of snazzy lace-up booties serve as your rescue for any fashion emergency.
Here are 18 fresh looks to help inspire and level up your ensemble!
Cherichien takes badass to business class, throwing on a reliable black blazer for a professional touch to the casual crop top and cargo pants lying beneath. See how crisp the combats suddenly feel, almost like a pair of respectable dress shoes!
The Wedding Guest
This is not your typical wedding guest garb, and it's not a bad thing. Tara Chandra takes inspo from her Chinese roots, attending the formal event rocking platform combats with a black changshan styled over silk bottoms, both accented with chartreuse green and intricate floral embroidery.
Go the plush pastel route with a pair of white combat boots and perhaps even snatch yourself some brownie points by throwing on a fluffy little teddy bear coat to complete an ultra soft look.
Speaking of white, watch as Linda proves the whole “combat boots can only make you look badass” statement false. Her OOTD choice flaunts a sunny, sexy-cute angel aura to team with her pristine white booties. Aren't those eyelet lace co-ords beyond adorable?
Known for her meticulously planned outfits, Elle struts in a pair of her favorite combats from Koi Footwear. Classic black leather-laced with striking neon green turns a regular boot tons more fun and vibrant.
Take Me to Church
Don’t let Sundays stop you from slipping into your trusty pair of combats! Reinterpret the punk rock staple combo of a plain white T-shirt and checked flannel into a delicate high neck blouse and plaid midi dress.!
As Manila's infamous rainy season returns, a sleek pair of timeless black Dr. Martens are honestly all you need! Seohyeon plans to stay warm and cozy as she styles the chunky shoe with an oversized sweater, trendy preppy khakis, and a beanie to match.
Twinning is Winning
Flamingo haired Japanese twins Ami and Aya suit up in silk shirts tucked into ripped jeans, delivering a decidedly modern cowboy visual. Whether or not you choose to tuck your jeans into the boot, let the sisters inject a little touch of the wild, wild west into your casual statement.
The animal print trend is definitely still on a high, but if you want to veer away from the usual leopard spots and zebra stripes, call the cows. Oanh decides to pair a super adorable cow print miniskirt and jacket with a bit of searing neon green, depending on a pair of chic and sleek black combat boots to tie everything together.
To reiterate the aforementioned tip, step out of your comfort zone with a pair of printed boots! “Where’s the fun in dressing normally?” says Jade in her instagram bio. What better way to spice up a regular outfit than to have your feet scream “look at me”?
I Knee-d You
Getting ready for a night out? Literally step up the combat boot game with a pair of knee-highs! Set fire to your next night out with this stunning little hack.
In the mood to go dark, dark-hued, that is, but still want to look unbearably cool? Let your wardrobe speak for you! Go ahead and sport this lazy-cool look. Tuck those baggy cargos into a pair of combats and march out that door, soldier.
I Woke Up Like This
Need to make a quick run to the convenience store nearby but are afraid you might bump into someone you know? Style a loose, striped T-shirt dress with a pair of combat boots, effectively turning your look from lazy-slash-basic to effortless chic. No one will be able to tell you just rolled out of bed thirty seconds ago, we guarantee it.
Regular combats can get a tad worn out, and sometimes a girl needs to look a bit more sophisticated... or taller, for that matter. Add that height boost you badly want with a block-heeled pair detailed with white laces. Boost your errand day OOTD and strut through your checklist in style.
Sock It to Ya
Rae Tilly bares a little of what’s on the inside by sporting a scrunched down sock and adding emphasis to the fundamental item on the outfit—her fireman style, highlighter yellow windbreaker. Who doesn’t adore a cute shoe and sock duo?
It's a misguided fallacy that ankles must be shown when styling a long dress, we think. Libby models this summer-appropriate linen frock for chillier days with some clever layering and a good ol' waist cinch.
Enough black! It's time you had a dose of color. The constantly jetsetting Laureen Uy takes her sturdy yet uber cute blush Alexander McQueen combat boots out for a merry stroll in the snow! We told you these are all-weather kicks.
Little Black Yes
Keep it classy and sassy, ladies. It isn't news that a little black dress goes with anything and everything, but Marie von Behrens further proves the fact, ladling out another match to style it with. Pull a more casual take on your short, sweet, evening-ready LBD with a pair of lace-up booties.