While combat boots have never really lost their edge (we’re looking at you, Dr. Martens), they have been returned to the spotlight following SS19 showings over the last six weeks, as the utilitarian trend takes over. Seen on the feet of models from Vetements, to the Red Carpet at the ESPY Awards and all over the streets during fashion week, the combat boot is ready for battle.
Waterproof, warm and hard-wearing, combat boots are up for anything and look even better beaten and weathered. Best worn with long pants, it is easy to keep it casual with a relaxed jacket or try a slim pair of combat boots for a more formal look. Keep it authentic and look for a sturdy leather pair, in a brown or black, or go off-script and experiment with colours, fabrics and embellishments.
Scroll below for our picks, to cop the military style.
Possibly the most classic and well-know brand for combat boots, Dr Martens is where to look for the authentic look.
Dr Martens 1460 Smooth Leather Boots / $250 AUD SHOP NOW
Another classic for quality leather, Clarks is worth a look if you like to keep things traditional in overall appearance. This low-top version is perfect for more formal occasions.
Clarks Batcombe Lo / $240 AUD SHOP NOW
Combat boots get the streetwear treatment from Italy’s Valentino. Dr Martens inspired with the addition of subtle branding and velcro straps, take the style to the next level.
Valentino Garavani Coordinates Grosgrain-Trimmed Leather Combat Boots / $1,615 AUD SHOP NOW
Common Project Standard Combat Boot / $689 AUD SHOP NOW
Dries Van Noten
If you want to opt for something more casual, Dries Van Noten will sort you out with a pair of suede boots. The more they’re worn the more casual and effortless they will look. Just make sure to waterproof them first.
Dries Van Noten Suede Boots / $1,681 AUD SHOP NOW
Known for his high-quality tailoring and preppy aesthetic, Thom Browne has created the perfect combat boots for street style prep.
Thom Browne Cap-Toe Pebble-Grain Leather Boots / $552 AUD SHOP NOW
A little left of field for combat boots, try a sporty version for some added edge. Bound to never wear out, Yeezy offers the style in three different colours.
Yeezy Taupe Nubuck Military Boots / $580 AUD SHOP NOW
Specialists in workwear and hiking boots, get the full effect with Timberland boots. Keep it classic with all-black or go beige for workwear appeal.
Timberland Men’ s 6-Inch Premium Thread Canvas Boot / $230 AUD SHOP NOW
On the more subtle side of the combat boot trend, Country Road offers a slim version, already weathered and worn-in for the full look.
Country Road Solomon Boot / $249 AUD SHOP NOW
Gucci has hopped on the trend and as expected, has remade the style all its own. Hardware, wing-tips and embroidery combine for a combat boot for those who enjoy being a little bit extra.
Gucci Queercore Brogue Boot / $1,980 AUD SHOP NOW
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