Lace-up utility ankle boots are a staple that you wear year after year without giving too much thought to their sartorial value – they’re weatherproof and practical, never outside fashionable, but is generally not categorized as something overtly fashionable. That is to say until now. The latest designer collections have propelled the chunky shoe into this year’s top trend, taking it from a bad-weather watch to one of the most coveted and wear-everywhere items for 2021. And already, the crowd of fashion illustrates how to wear combat boots with Quite all this season.
While heavy notched-soled boots may be rooted in the rough vibes of military outfits or the irreverence of the punk-rock scene, recent outfits, courtesy of Instagram’s top fashion mavericks, feature a greater range beyond the traditional brutal aesthetic. Some fashion girls exemplify an unconventional, girlish, and grunge clash by pairing their sturdy combat boots with dreamy, almost sweet dresses.
Others, meanwhile, allow their shoes to give impact to their outfit and opt for boots like Prada’s cargo pocket style that oozes cool-girl appeal. And, of course, there’s always a loyal pair of Dr. Martens – aka the grunge-inspired model for lace-up shoes, that pairs perfectly with almost any outfit imaginable.
Whether you’re contrasting your rugged shoes with something soft and feminine like a printed maxi dress or a pastel color palette, or leaning into the army theme with a structured jacket and tucked-in pants – or stitching together an outfit that falls somewhere in between – now is the time to go all out on GI Jane.
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All about balance
Durable boots are perfect for balancing the dreamy vibe of a puff sleeve dress. For an extreme clash between feminine and grunge, try one of Selkie’s airy and voluminous dresses paired with a boot in a trendy platform design.
For a less harsh look that feels more “classically minimalist” than “lead singer of an underground garage band,” opt for an earthy color palette (think brown, olive, and beige) and sophisticated, timeless silhouettes – like the structured look of a crisp trench coat.
Plaid prints and goofy combat boots are a match made in grunge heaven. Update the retro ’90s look by replacing the standard flannel shirt with a patterned dress. Slip into a pair of platform boots, like Dr. Marten’s vegan leather iteration, accessorize with a ponytail scarf printed around your neck or in your hair, and you’re ready to rock.
A bold color calls for a bold shoe that can follow. Start with tailored pants in a playful shade, then secure the eye-catching garment with chunky motorcycle boots – like the pair from Prada, which comes with a handy micro pouch that can hold anything your heart desires, like, by. example, your AirPods or a light snack.
From day to night
Never have austere military boots looked so stylish as when you pair them with a dress gown that exudes polished sophistication. For that unexpected combination, choose a boot style from the sleeker, more refined side of the spectrum. Example: Stuart Weitzman’s neutral, low-heeled pair.
If you’re a minimalist at heart, subscribe to the combat boot trend in a way that suits your simple, color-opposing aesthetic, while still offering great styling power. At the bottom, pair leather pants with a sleek, ankle-length combat boot. For the top half of your look, stick with light neutrals to balance everything out. The jacket below from The North Face’s collaboration with Gucci is a low-key, easy-to-style option.
A non-black boot
If you want to replicate the anti-colored look of a black combat boot but want to step away from tradition (which, let’s be honest, is a tenet at the heart of grunge ideology), try a shoe in a cream colourway. clear. Continue the brightly colored momentum through your clothes by pulling together a monochrome ensemble in a dusty pastel hue.
Inspired by the 90s
Take inspiration from a late ’90s Kate Moss and wear your favorite silky dress with lace up and go combat boots. A panty and boot combo is ideal for colder days, as you can layer other clothing under and over your dress until your heart is satisfied. Pick up a handbag that sports the It-girl-approved pastrycore design – much like JW Pei’s gathered crescent-shaped Gabbi bag – then kick your feet out the door.
Leather from head to toe
If all else fails, express your inner biker and sport an all-leather look. For an extra dose of edge, opt for a leather lace-up boot in a knee-length silhouette.
Whether you’re heading back to the office or still working from home, consider pulling out your favorite costume. But instead of leather or moccasins, give the polished ensemble an edgy touch with a pair of combat boots.
Combat boots might not be the most obvious partner for a loose midi dress, but together they become that cool mix of carefree go-getter and graceful bohemian. And on these days the cold in the air is a little too much to put bare legs in the open, put on a pair of opaque black tights.
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