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Three Pairs of Combat Boots, Three Different Ways To Wear Them

The season's surprising boot of choice. These are badass boots, but there are a million and one ways to wear them than just with leather and denim.

Clothing is like our daily armour. We get up, get dressed and mentally prepare ourselves for the day, sipping a good cuppa, if time permits, before taking that first step out of the door to take on what life throws at us. See yourself as a modern warrior princess, if you like. With that mentality, it is hardly surprising that one would prefer to slip into something that will help you fight your daily battles, whether it’s at work, at school or just dealing with that barista who just cannot get your name right. The latest shoe trend that fits right into that narrative? Combat boots.

Thick soles with laces and buckles that’ll strap your feet in tight, these are walking shoes that are a step up from the sneaker. They’re tougher and edgier, more roughish if you let them be so. That’s not to say that combat boots have strictly one personality, though. Consider the quilted suede Chanel combat boots (or pseudo hiking boots) that Yoyo wore at Paris Fashion Week. She wore it first with a checked mini dress and bonnet hat, then with a crisp white shirt and tweed skirt. No cargos and khakis here.

Elsewhere, Dior matched its combat boots with full midi skirts, fringe, belted coats and flat-top hats. Valentino takes their combat boots (the sickest by far, by the way) into full on feminine territory with gowns of pastels, pleats, satin and lace. Alexander McQueen styled theirs with deconstructed trench coats, corsets, ruffles and blazers. Coach went party-meets-varsity with satin slips, sequinned skirts and baseball jackets.

Bottomline: there are a million and one ways with the combat boot. To get you started, we show you how to style three combat boots in three ways, taking inspiration from our favourite source – the streets of fashion week.


This one’s about bringing polish (not literally) to the combat boot: a crisp shirt, a pencil skirt and a bag that you can take into the evening. To keep things interesting, go for an oversized shirt with a twist, like elongated cuffs, full sleeves or wide collars.

Balencaiga Scarf oversized cotton-poplin shirt (shop it here), Victoria Beckham checked woven pencil skirt (shop it here), Isabel Marant Teylon studded leather ankle boots (shop it here), Chloe Nile Bracelet metallic shoulder bag (shop it here)


The combat boot’s original territory. Instead of leather or denim, we’re taking cue from model Sora Choi with a blazer, but we’re keeping the choker just for that badassery.

Helmut Lang wool-blend twill blazer (shop it here), Gucci leather and silver-tone choker (shop it here), Altuzarra faux pearl canvas-trimmed ankle boots (shop it here), Hourglass Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Raven (shop it here)


Perhaps our favourite way to style a combat boot, because it gives dresses an unexpected edge. Think I’m wearing girly heels under my dress? BAM, I’M WEARING BOOTS.

Diane Von Furstenberg ruffled gingham wrap midi dress (shop it here), Prada embellished velvet shoulder bag (shop it here), Jimmy Choo Breeze studded leather ankle boots (shop it here)


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