Combat Boots to Rely on Forevermore

Suddenly, combat boots are all I wear.
Published: February 2, 2024
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Loved for their durability, versatility, and undeniable cool factor, combat boots have evolved far beyond their military origins. Nowadays, the style is an edgy staple in any fashionistas closet—and likely one she relies on quite heavily. As you shop for your next, or first, pair, we’re diving into the best combat boots to shop now.

Adding an extra layer of expertise to our exploration is Vanessa Beckett, president and CCO of Zadig & Voltaire. From edgy urban looks to bohemian chic, these boots are as durable as they are diverse. The beauty of wearing shoes designed to be industrial strength is that they’re built to last. Plus, they can be worn throughout the year. Beckett styles her with sweet dresses in the spring, tights and leather frocks for autumn, or any time at all with cropped pants or cuffed jeans. “You can also [style] with a simple tank or tee and a cool military-inspired pant—the best ones are found in a vintage store and you have them tailored to fit you perfectly,” she adds. (On that note, we know the best vintage stores in NYC.)

The Luxury Pick: Prada Monolith Brushed Leather Combat Boots

I dream of an aprè ski moment in these. Prada, fur, combat silhouette—what more could you want?

Sizes: 4.5-11.5
Colours: Black
Material: Leather, rubber

The Faux Leather Pick: Charles & Keith Dakota Lace-Up Boots

Who said a combat boot can't be white? A fun and different twist on a classic style.

Sizes: 5-11
Colours: Chalk, Black
Material: Faux Leather

The Tried-and-True: Dr. Martens Jadon Boot Smooth Leather Platforms

favourite among our editors, these combat boots are so comfortable, you’ll never want to take them off. You will have these for generations, literally.

Sizes: 5-14
Colours: Black, White, Red
Material: Leather

Customer Review: “This is my third pair of Jadons. I have them in Black and white. When I saw Cherry on sale I couldn’t resist and I was not disappointed. They fit great and were comfortable right out of the box.”

The Extra Edgy: Maje Combat Boots with Punk Details

Maje really brought this old reliable to a whole new level. The stud detailing is just so cool.

Size: 6-11
Colours: Black
Material: Ethylene vinyl acetate, leather

The Investment Piece: The Row Leather Ankle Boots

These boots from The Row boots are yet another ELLE editor favourite. With a centre zip rather than typical laces, these offer something different. They are a truly great investment.

Sizes: 5-12
Colours: Black, Beige, Brown
Material: Leather

The Platform: Steve Madden Rowen Boot

Steve Madden knows how to make a good boot, and he did it again with this classic combat. It’s reasonably priced and has a platform for some added height.

Sizes: 5-12
Colors: Black Leather, Blue Leather, Brown Leather
Material: Leather

Customer Review: “I LOVE these boots! Very stylish and they add a few inches to my height! I bought both colors and I’m quite pleased.”

The Perfect Bootie: Miu Miu Block-Heel Ankle Boots

Miu Miu, platform heel, lace up combat boot. I repeat, Miu Miu, platform heel, lace up combat boot. That is all.

Size: 8-11
Colours: Black
Material: Calf leather, rubber sole

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