Combat boots, especially Doc Martens, have become quite the trend in footwear lately, and let me just say, they are a welcome alternative to the sky high heels that usual end up on the feet of trendsetters. Both functional and stylish, combat boots make a bold fashion statement, specifically that you’re not one to mess with. Here are some ideas on how to wear combat boots.
Pair them with a Feminine Outfit
Combat boots add the perfect touch of toughness to a girly outfit. Lulu wore hers with an otherwise feminine outfit, but the addition of her Docs gave the outfit an interesting edge compared to the typical and expected frills and lace look. I would love to see Docs paired with a Charles Anastase-esque ensemble.
Dress Down a Formal Dress
In the same vein as pairing your boots with a feminine outfit, wearing tough boots with a formal dress is a great way to add contrast. It is also easily transitions an otherwise nighttime-only dress to day.
Channel Yohji Yamamoto
For a while now Yohji Yamamoto has been collaborating with Doc Martens and the results are the perfect compliment to Yohji’s designs. If you’ve got the funds you could even buy a pair of Yohji Yamamoto x Doc Martens boots. They are sick.
Go Full 90’s Grunge Style
Pair those suckers with acid wash denim (exra points if it’s in the form of a jacket), plaid, ripped tights, studded leather and florals and you’ve got yourself a party. Check out Free People’s studded combat boots. If you aren’t quite so bold, one or two grunge elements can give your outfit a grungy feel without looking over the top and outdated. This outfit from katrinadew is a great example.
Keep it Simple Stephanie wore her black patent Docs with a basic white tee and skinny jeans. While simple, think of what this outfit would be like if worn with regular black flats? BORING. powderblue outfit is another example of keeping her things simple to let her patent pink Docs shine. Amazon(I know, they have clothes!) has pink combat boots. Let your combat boots be the focal point of your outfit and keep the rest simple.
More examples of Chictopians wearing combat boots well: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5