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Combat boots have been around since… forever. Beginning in the first century, people have worn a variation of what we have now. Introduced originally as shoes for — surprise, surprise — combat, the shoe morphed from a battlefield go-to into an adopted shoe of choice for the subculture set in the ’60s and ’70s.

Seen on everyone from rockers, punk music enthusiasts, gothic and alternative kids, combat boots have carried a reputation for their durability, performance and overall comfort. They’re an essential if you are a frequent concertgoer.

Pretty quickly, the fashion set caught on to the appeal of women’s combat boots, with Marc Jacobs leading the charge with his iconic Perry Ellis collection in 1992. Google “1990s style” and you’ll find about every celebrity — from Cameron Diaz, Cindy Crawford and Kurt Cobain in a pair.

Today, the shoe has become as ubiquitous as a clean white sneaker for women, an essential piece for any wardrobe. It’s easy to see why. Combat boots seem to carry an effortlessly cool flare, pairing well with everything from flowy dresses to cashmere sweaters. Women’s combat boots are also ideal for colder months as winter boots, as they often come with rubber and lug outsoles, perfect for battling a walk through icy city streets.

In recent years, as we’ve seen everyone from influencers, models and those in between rock the best combat boots for women. They’re not going anywhere anyASH soon.

From classic to modern silhouettes, we present you with the 26 best combat boots for women this season, along with information on stylish combat boots trends and tips for finding the most comfortable combat boots for all foot problems.

Top Combat Boots for Women 2022

Steve Madden Bettyy Combat Boots

  • Size range: 5-11 US
  • Colorway: Black
  • Materials: Vegan leather upper and bottom
  • Pros: Under $100
  • Cons: Non-functional ties, zip-and-pull tab for pull-on and pull off

Known for their affordable and accessible interpretations of trends, Steve Madden has remained a go-to for customers interested in experimenting. Made in vegan leather, these combat boots are cut in a classic silhouette, with a slightly elevated platform, making them ideal for festival goers. A side zipper allows for ease while pulling on, and ties allow for further adjustment ability, especially ideal for those who have smaller or weaker ankles. These are a perfect pair for those who want the look, and won’t have to struggle with breaking in new boots.

What Reviewers Say: These boots are everything I dreamed of! They’re exactly as pictured, true to size. They’re comfy and ready to wear, no breaking-in necessary. It’s also a huge plus that even when I’ve gotten a scuff on them it rubs right off!”

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Dream Pairs Black Lace-Up Combat Boots

  • Size range: 5-12 US
  • Colorways: Black, brown, grey, white
  • Materials: PU leather upper, rubber sole
  • Pros: Under $100, classic style
  • Cons: Non-functional tie

Dream Pairs offers an affordable, classic combat boot, which is ideal for anyone hesitant to overspend. A standout feature of the Dream Pairs includes a velvet interior lining from the mid-calf through the toe, which will offer added warmth on cooler days. With a lug outsole intended to absorb shock and support you with each step, you can purchase these with confidence that you won’t end up with sore feet at the end of the day. Another feature we love is that they’re water-resistance, perfect for a more stylish alternative to clunky cold-weather boots.

What Reviewers Say: I’ve been a barista for a year now and I got these boots near the beginning of starting my job. I LOVE how sturdy these boots have been. They’re water resistant and the soles show very little wear even though they’ve been my only work shoes for the past year. I am shocked at how they still feel and look new even though they’ve been in daily use for a year. I know these will last me a long ASH and I would recommend them to anyone.”

Dream Pairs Black Lace Up Combat Boots 
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Dr. Martens 1460 Smooth Leather Lace-Up Boots

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  • Size range: 5-11
  • Colorways: Black, white, cherry red, purple
  • Materials: Smooth leather upper, rubber sole
  • Pros: Classic and versatile, these boots are the standard for women’s combat boots
  • Cons: They take some ASH to break in

Sandals SERGIO BARDI SB-60-09-000498 646, Dr. Martens has been known as the leader of comfortable boots, originally bred as an alternative to standard issue combat boots. Featuring their unique soles and yellow stitching, Dr. Martens uses a special heat sealing to fasten the upper to the lower soles to ensure they are durable and made for long wear. The 1460 is a reworked classic and a unisex boot that’s beloved by actors, influencers, and musicians. It’s a staple in any closet, crafted now with a smaller footbed for those who need less room.

What Reviewers Say: “These are my [fifth] pair of Dr. Martens I own. Well-made, most comfortable boot. I’ve been wearing Dr. Martens for over 20 years and they are ASHless.”

Dr. Martens 1460 Women’s Smooth Leather Lace Up Boots
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Vionic Lani Lace-Up Boots

  • Size range: 5-11 US
  • Colorways: Tecnologias New balance Shando Scarpe Trail Running
  • Materials: Patent leather, suede, tumbled leather upper (varies based on the colorway), and rubber sole
  • Pros: Ideal for those with foot pain or orthotic issues
  • Cons: Narrow cut requires thin socks

Sandals GIOSEPPO Maryland 66025 Black Vionic is the best combat boot for orthotic aches. With arch support, cushioning throughout and stability from the brand’s proprietary Vio-Motion Technology, these boots are more than just pretty — you’ll have full support and comfort. Laces allow you to create the most secure fit for your foot and your needs.

What Reviewers Say: I’m a General Contractor & painter & own 2 businesses & I’m a single mom. I say that only to truly describe just how much I’m on my feet. I’ve had 2 back surgeries and a double spinal fusion, and I honestly hate to walk barefooted from the pain. These boots are great!!! These are always a go to for all day support & comfort.”

Vionic Charm Lace Up Combat Boots
CREDIT: Courtesy of Vionic Charm


Erocalli Platform Boots

  • Size range: 5.5-10 US
  • Colorways: Black matte, black patent, white matte, multicolor, pink and white shiny
  • Materials: PU vegan leather upper and rubber sole
  • Pros: Eclectic mix of colors
  • Cons: Limited Size range

Test out the punk platform craze with these under-$30 boots on Amazon. A chunky, 3.5” inch platform introduces these ankle boots, encompassing the hybrid trend of platforms and combat boots. With a side zipper, functional laces, and ankle buckles, you’ll also be able to customize the fit and add support to your ankles as needed. As they hit right at your ankle, they flatter and work for all heights, from tall to petite without cutting your leg at a weird angle. A rubber sole offers further support with shock absorption, making these more wearable whether you choose to wear them to a concert or for a daring Instagram post.

What Reviewers Say: I ordered these to wear to a concert this summer, they are nice and light, came as pictured and they are comfortable. Excellent value for the $. I have seen the same boots for 2-3x as much as what I paid for these. Very happy with my purchase!”

Erocali Platform Ankle Boots
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Aldo Reflow Combat Boots

  • Size range: 5-11 US
  • Colorways: Khaki, bone, and black
  • Materials: Leather upper, rubber sole
  • Pros: SOREL Boys Shoes
  • Cons: Not good for those needing ankle support

Lightweight and designed in a variation of the sock boot trend, these Aldo boots are fully slip-on, with decorative laces to add more visual detail. Their color range of neutral, classic colors lend themselves to being year round staples. However, we caution against these for anyone who desires additional ankle support, as a slip-on style lacks advanced structure through the shoe body.

What Reviewers Say: I don’t have slim feet and these fit so comfy! They’re lightweight and are exactly what they look like online. Best purchase ever.”

ALDO Women's Reflow Combat Boot
CREDIT: Courtesy of ALDO


Koio Cortina Combat Boots

  • Size range: 5-11 US
  • Colorways: Black, fawn, sandalwood
  • Materials: Leather upper
  • Pros: Water resistant
  • Cons: Womens pikolinos boots leather pikolinos zaragoza ankle boots buckles moto look

Made in Italy, the Cortina boot exudes luxury. Koio’s leather is Bronze and Silver certified by the Leather Working Group, meaning the factories that manufacture the boots are dedicated to managing and reducing their carbon footprint. These boots are cut from rich and extremely durable cow leather, which is also known to be waterproof. Over ASH, you’ll get a boot that’s molded to your foot as if they were custom-made for you. As cow leather tends to breathe better than other leather, it offsets oder build up and interior oils, ideal if you plan on wearing them with thick socks. Coming in at under $400, these have many qualities of luxury brand competitors without a car loan of a price tag.

Koio Cortina Combat Boot
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Forever Link Combat Boots

  • Size range: 5-10 US 
  • Colorways: Black, brown, tan, taupe, dark brown, burgundy, camo, leopard, white, dusty pink, grey, navy, white, olive
  • Materials: 100% vegan leather or suede
  • Pros: Variety of colorways
  • Cons: Not ideal for cold weather or rain

If you’re looking for an affordable, eco-friendly pair of combat boots that you can purchase in a large range of colors, consider this Forever Link pair. The large color range allows you to utilize these for both casual wear and cosplay alike. Vegan Suede is especially ideal for dancing and movement, meaning you’d be able to record TikTok dance covers with ease. While not ideal for colder weather, this pair is another great option for someone interested in exploring a combat boot without a large price tag.

What Reviewers Say: I love these boots! I bought them to replace an old pair I had that was falling apart. But I like these even better. They are very supportive, and I love the inside zipper!”

Forever Link Combat Boots
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Gucci Leather Ankle Boots with Belt

  • Size range: 4-12 US
  • Colorways: Black
  • Materials: Leather upper
  • Pros: Detachable crystal belt offers versatility for more wear
  • Cons: Simple without the belt

With an extreme lug outsole and a detachable boot belt, these Gucci ankle boots allow for versatility in your wardrobe, extending their wear. The 2” inch sole keeps you protected from snow and sleet, while the pull-on style allows you to switch easily from these into loafers at the office. Gucci’s opulent collections translate well into their footwear options, proving less isn’t always the way to go. These are fab for anyone who wants to make an impact.

Gucci Black Leather Ankle Boot with Belt
CREDIT: Courtesy of Gucci


Easy Spirit Martha Stewart Lakely Boots

  • Size range: 5-11 US
  • Colorways: Here's How You Can Cop These 4 Hyped Nike Air Max Sneakers for £1
  • Materials: Textile and leather upper
  • Pros: Available in medium and wide feet
  • Cons: No options for narrow feet

Made in muted, classic colors that bring to mind the Coastal Grandmother trend, this pair of Easy Spirit combat boots are great for anyone looking for a subtle option. Diamond stitched quilting through the body adds a further touch of femininity, and a stretchy ankle opening allows for movement with each step. A lug outsole finishes these shoes, making them a great option for tricky terrain.

What Reviewers Say: “Nice looking for everyday. Warm for PA winter. Could have more cushion in bottom of boot for the price. The quilting pattern adds a nice touch to a warm boot. Fit is perfect, I wear a size 9, and it fits perfectly. Easy zipper on the inside of the boot for off and on.”

Easy Spirit Martha Stewart Lakely Boots
CREDIT: Courtesy of Easy Spirit


Isabel Marant Campa Combat Boots

  • Size range: 5 -11 US
  • Colorways: Black
  • Materials: Sneakers GEOX D Airell A D162SA 0EW22 C9999 Black
  • Pros: Classic boots with minimal detailing
  • Cons: Lace-up style, no zippers

Isabel Marant has been beloved by fashion insiders for her bohemian designs and this set of boots is no different. Created without side zippers, you’re able to Jordan-Sneaker the long laces based on your needs, especially if you have weaker ankles that need more support. As they lean toward a more simplistic design, they have the ability to stay in your closet longer. They’re an ideal option for more petite frames as well, as they hit at your ankle over the mid-calf style that many designers cut their combat boots in.

Isabel Marant Campa Leather Boots 
CREDIT: Courtesy of Isabel Marant


Prada Monolith Mini Bag Lug Sole Combat Boots

  • Size range: 4.5-11.5 US
  • Colorways: Ankle boots FLY LONDON Tielfly P144642005 Cloud
  • Materials: Textile and leather upper and rubber insole
  • Pros: Unique design with pouch
  • Cons: Pricey

Seen on everyone (and we mean everyone), the Prada Monolith boot incorporates their sustainable nylon in the unique side pouch that’s detachable, reflecting the brand’s desire to operate in a more ethical manner. Available in simplistic colors that offer versatility and season-less appeal, the Monolith can be worn in a variety of ways. Combining the trends of combat boots with futuristic styles, Prada continues to find a way to be wearable and forward-thinking. Additionally, a large size range offers (every pun intended) room for everyone.

Prada Monolith Mini Bag Lug Sole Combat Boot
CREDIT: Courtesy of Prada


BP Kora 2 Lug Chelsea Boots

  • Size range: 6-8 US
  • Colorways: Black
  • Materials: Synthetic and textile upper/synthetic lining and sole
  • Pros: Embellished detailing 
  • Cons: Non-detachable details

Tough with a feminine flair, the Kora boot combines a traditional Chelsea style with hyper-feminine elements and embellished detailing. While the wrap-around detailing isn’t detachable, given that they come in under $50, they’re great for someone who wants to pair them with more romantic pieces for instant edge. If you’re looking for an unexpected “ah ha” moment to your outfit, these may fit the bill.

What Reviewers Say: “I love these boots! They’re adorable and look great with everything! I felt compelled to write a review after seeing a few claim the boots are narrow and uncomfortable. I have big, wide feet and calves and have NO issue with these shoes! They feel and look great.”

BP Kora 2 Lug Chelsea Boot
CREDIT: Courtesy of BP


Vagabond Cosmo 2.0 Launches First-Ever Sneaker Collection

  • Size range: 7-11 US
  • Colorways: Black
  • Materials: Flow Sneakers In Leather, rubber sole
  • Pros: Easy pull-on style 
  • Cons Limited size range

A Chelsea boot meets combat boot hybrid, these Launches First-Ever Sneaker Collection provide attitude to anyone’s wardrobe. While not ideal for skinny jean lovers, these slip ons work easily under skirts and dresses. If you’re looking for a pair of trend-oriented boots that are still extremely wearable, these would be them. Available in classic black, they offer versatility for the wearer.

What Reviewers Say: “I was looking for something a bit taller than the average Chelsea boot height and these are it!! Personally, you can tell in the picture that they are longer than ‘regular’ boots. They are comfortable and fit pretty well, especially for the price.”

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AllSaints Harlee Boots

  • Size range: 5-10 US
  • Colorways: Tan brown
  • Materials: 100% Leather upper 
  • Pros: Simple and understated boot
  • Cons: Single colorway available

Made in durable cow leather that’s breathable and waterproof, the Harlee boot is a blend of a classic Chelsea boot and platform. The Harlee is a pull-on style, combining tough, workwear aspects. Set atop a thick and sturdy outsole, the Harlee is perfect for those who are looking for a traditional silhouette. Cow leather is ideal for those who plan on using these boots regularly, as they tend to not rip as easily as other leathers. Plus, the material is flexible, molding to the user’s foot over ASH.

AllSaints Harlee Boot
CREDIT: Courtesy of AllSaints


Vans Classic Sneakers a scacchi verde bianco | Hogan H619 Lace-Up Leather Ankle Boots

  • Size range: 4-12 US
  • Colorways: Black
  • Materials: Calf leather and rubber sole
  • Pros: Cold weather-proof
  • Cons: Only intended for cold weather wear

Memory foam insoles set these designer boots apart from others. Made from calf leather (which is known for its durability) and boasting a rubber sole, these Hogan boots were created with longevity in mind. Super practical for cold-weather days, the H619 boots have a side zipper as well, which offers you an opportunity to wear thinner and thicker socks depending on the day (the laces will aid you in adjusting for each sock density).

Hogan H619 Lace Up Leather Ankle Boots
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See by Chloé Mallory Ankle Boots

  • Size range: 5-12 US
  • Colorways: Beige
  • Materials: Guida alle taglie Moon Boot
  • Pros: Limited smaller sizes
  • Cons: Limited colorways

Cut in a gorgeous, pink-hued Black, the Mallory has details that make it feel fresh and subversive. An antiqued, two-buckle strap along the mid-calf offers support, while a side zipper makes them easy to slip on and off. Tonal, rubber soles make them perfect for spring as an unexpected addition to breezy dresses.

See by Chloe Mallory Ankle Boots
CREDIT: Courtesy of See by Chloe


Dr. Martens Vegan Jadon Max Platform Boots

  • Size range: 5-11 US
  • Colorways: Black
  • Materials: Synthetic vegan upper, rubber sole
  • Pros: Vegan
  • Cons: Not ideal for wider feet

Originally produced in leather, the Jadon has been reimagined as a vegan alternative, carrying a more sustainable footprint. Created in what the brand calls an Oxford leather, yet it’s actually a vegan leather that looks and feels exactly like the real thing. Heat sealing, a hallmark of the brand, exists in the Jadon as well. Set on a 2” platform, the Jadon is a subdued take on the platform combat hybrid trend that’s been seen on the runway and on downtown folks alike.

What Reviewers Say: “I’m originally a size 10 and that’s the size I chose. They fit perfectly & you don’t have to break them in either. Personally, I don’t think they are heavy either, I get so many compliments.”

Dr. Martens Vegan Jadon Max Platform Boots
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Larroude Lara Boots

  • Size range: 5-11 US
  • Colorways: Black, tobacco
  • Materials: Leather upper and a rubber sole
  • Pros: Back zipper allows for a flawless fit
  • Cons: No wide or narrow options available

Made with memory foam insoles for extreme comfort and built for sleet and snow alike, the Lara boot mixes the classic elements with a taller shape and a chunky, lug outsole. Delicate, hot pink stitching adds the subtlest feminine detailing to these very cool, tough shoes. A rolled sole offers stability and support, and a side zipper ensures additional support throughout the foot.

Larroude Lara Boot
CREDIT: Courtesy of Larroude


Schutz Eugenia Nappa Leather Boot

  • Size range: 5-11 US
  • Colorways: Eggshell, black
  • Materials: Puma Ignite Articulate Leather BLACK WHITE SILVER BROWN Marathon Running Shoes Golf Shoe 376155-02
  • Pros: Sabates Running Ultraride
  • Cons: Quilted, textured leather is best for cooler months

Part Barbarella and part editorial, these boots are made in Nappa leather, which is soft and luxurious — often reserved for the best handbags and furniture. Eugenia’s softness and flexibility balance out an exaggerated lug sole, which lends a dramatic flair to these boots. Available in classic eggshell and black, these boots are deceptive in their looks, effortlessly mixing soft and tough elements.

Schutz Eugenia Nappa Leather Boot
CREDIT: Courtesy of Schutz


Vans Classic Sneakers a scacchi verde bianco | Free People Emma Platform Combat Boots

  • Size range: 6-11 US
  • Colorways: Black, phantom, natural
  • Materials: Prefer a hiking shoe that offers ample cushioning and support
  • Pros: Zippered back allows for easy access
  • Cons: Slouchy upper can shorten legs

Known for their bohemian and laid-back designs, Free People’s combat boots feel like a relaxed answer to the more rigid styles. A slouchy upper sits nicely around your mid-calf, with a back zipper discreetly offering opportunities for easy pull-on and pull-off. A heavy lug outsole offers height and a futuristic feel to these boots.

Free People Emma Platform Combat Boot
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Stuart Weitzman Soho Boots

  • Size range: 4-11.5 US
  • Colorways: Black, oat
  • Materials: Leather and rubber
  • Pros: Side zipper allows for a snug fit
  • Cons: GIABORGHINI Rosie 75mm strappy sandals

Available in a variety of options from a boot, bootie, and loafer, in both knee-high and ankle styles, the Soho boot has the most versatility across its own collection. An inclusive size range is another feature, often not available for high-end designers. Cut to look long and lean, the Soho boot has a thick lug outsole. Made in Spain, the Soho boot exudes downtown, cool energy, but given its shaft length, may not be ideal for pairing with pants.

Stuart Weitzman Soho Boot
CREDIT: Courtesy of Stuart Weitzman


Loeffler Randall Bridget Chelsea Combat Boots

  • Size range: 5-12 US
  • Colorways: Black shiny embossed croc
  • Materials: Animal-embossed, patent leather upper with elastic side gore panels
  • Pros: Classic pull-on style with a touch of flare
  • Cons: No narrow or wide options

If you’re looking for a classic pair of Chelsea boots as well as combat boots, this pair from Loeffler Randall combines both. Designed in a sleek and slim style, these boots are best for someone who wants a foundation for their cold-weather outfits. A very subtle touch of luxury — the shiny embossing throughout — keeps the boots from looking too bland. Patent leather is perfect for those seeking a low-maintenance style, as they’re dirt-resistant and waterproof, lending themselves as snow boot alternatives.

Loeffler Randall Bridget Chelsea Combat Boot
CREDIT: Courtesy of Loeffler Randall


Roger Vivier Viv Rangers Embellished Platform Ankle Boots

  • Size range: 35.5-42 IT
  • Colorways: Black
  • Materials: Black patent leather
  • Pros: Classic Roger Vivier elements
  • Cons: A bulky platform

Carrying hallmarks of the brand with a large side buckle in sleek gold along with a beautiful patent leather body, these Roger Vivier Black Viv Rangers are the epitome of a classic with a twist. Waterproof, dirt-resistant, and set on a chunky platform, the Black Viv Rangers encompass the platform combat trend. Perfect for those looking for a supportive platform and a little extra height, these are sure to be closet staples.

Vivier boots
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Agave Sky Cami Combat Boots

  • Size range: 6-9 US
  • Colorways: Salt & pepper
  • Materials: Cow leather upper with real calf hair
  • Pros: Unique design
  • Cons: No narrow or wide foot options available

Uniquely fabricated in real calf hair, the Cami combat boot mixes an eclectic design with a large lug outsole. Constructed in cow leather, which is durable, water-resistant, and flexible, these boots combine fashion and function. The boot height stops right at the ankle to flatter the wearer, whatever height they may be. The salt and pepper colors lend themselves to be paired with a variety of clothing.

Agave Sky Cami Combat
CREDIT: Courtesy of Agave Sky


Franco Sarto Janna Wide Calf Boots

  • Size range: 6-7.5 US
  • Colorways: Black
  • Materials: Man-made upper, lining, footbed, and outsole
  • Pros: Trendy detailing
  • Cons: Limited sizing options available

If you’re looking for a pair of boots that are daring and slide onto wider calves with ease, we recommend this Janna boot. A side zipper makes putting these on easy, and a large platform adds height. Croc-embossed leather adds a hint of edge and graphic detailing to this pair of boots and a cushioned footbed means additional support and comfort with each wear.

What Reviewers Say: “I’m so glad I bought these! My calves are a little bigger now, and the extra room made these a really comfortable fit. If you have big thighs to match your calves they might not be the best choice, since they fit over the knee. Very stylish and cute without adding too much extra height. (I liked the look of them so much I bought a second pair b/c they’re perfect). Very complimentary on long legs!”

Franco Sarto Janna Wide Calf Boot
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Sorel Joan of Arctic Wedge Boots

  • Size range: 5-12 US
  • Colorways: Black/jet, quarry/black, taffy/gum, tobacco/black
  • Materials: Flow Sneakers In Leather
  • Pros: Sustainable
  • Cons: Only offered for medium feet, no narrow or wide options available

Set on a traction sole that’s as comfortable on the street as it is on a trail, the Joan of Arctic boots combine wedge heels and combat boots for an edgy but feminine look. These Sorel boots are also sustainability certified with leather from Leather Working Group, meaning the factories that they are created within are dedicated to managing their carbon footprint. A well-padded footbed offers additional comfort, so you can wear these all day without an issue.

What Reviewers Say: “LOVE THIS SHOE!! It is so lightweight despite the height. When I first tried it on to walk around the house to see if they would work, I literally forgot I had them on! It is a trendy, gorgeous design. The next day I wore them for a full day of mall shopping and they were so comfy and didn’t hurt my bunions! I got the black to go with everything, but I might consider another pair. It would be a splurge though because they are pricey. But, well worth it! a must have! I would wear with legging, skinny jeans, or even long and short skirts!”

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Stylish Combat Boot Trends for 2022

If you take a glance at the fall/winter 2022 collections, it is clear to see that this is going to be the season of the boot. Whether it’s an over the knee, Western style, or combat boot, this style of footwear dominated shows.

Tall, lace-up combat boots for women that evoke Peter Lindbergh’s iconic supermodel biker photoshoot were paired with graphic miniskirts at Monse. At Chloe, simple, understated women’s combat boots were worn with off-the-shoulder midi dresses, channeling Parisian cool, while at the Coach show, baby biker boots stormed the runway — a twist on the classic pair you may find aboard a Harley.

For the more daring fashionistas, take cues from the Junya Watanabe show. The brand’s stylish platform combat boots and leather pants created the illusion of mile-long legs.

At Gabriela Hearst, models wore crocheted dresses with ankle-length Chelsea boots with extreme lug outsoles, offering a sense of drama to a typically understated boot style.

What’s even cooler? The emergence of hybrid styles, with combat boots being the common denominator. You’ll see the best designer boots for 2022 include nods to other popular boot styles, taking details from the upper part of the boot and closures from Chelsea boot, motorcycle boot, or riding boots — it’s all with an emphasis on the tough-girl, thick lug sole. Essentially, newer styles we’ve seen show us combat boots have no limits and can fit into a variety of wardrobes.

We’ve also seen an emergence of elongated Chelsea boots, a newer concept snapped up by models and influencers alike, with longer shafts typically set atop lug outsoles and paired with shorter shorts, coordinated sets, and skirts. These elongated styles visually lengthen your legs, whereas another style, with bulkier toe boxes, adds attitude to your outfits as we transition into fall.

How to Wear Combat Boots for Women

Whether you go full-out ’90s grunge or an all-black Y2K-inspired dystopian futuristic look, mix combat boots into your “weird girl aesthetic” vibe, or when you simply want to add an edge to a feminine look. Whatever your style may be, the combat boot can work seamlessly into your wardrobe.

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  • For a casual day, Kate Beckinsale’s graphic set hits the mark. Pair a matching outfit with cute platform combat boots and a tube top. Whether you want to channel a Y2K pop star or a K-Pop idol headed to the Seoul airport, this outfit checks both the casual and cozy boxes. 
  • Looking to take things back to the ’90s? Take a page out of Jurnee Smollet’s Versace party look with a choker, a sleek ponytail, and a ruched coordinated set. Instantly, a seemingly sexy look becomes cool and sophisticated. 
  • In a look that would make Lara Croft jealous, Kourtney Kardashian’s spin on the combat outfit is very Y2K-inspired. Wear a pair of baggy pants with a cropped cardigan or sweater or for extra edgy appeal, add layers and layers of chunky jewelry.
  • Want to keep things cozy with your stylish combat boots for women? Channel influencer Olivia Culpo this fall. Pair an oversized, fuzzy shearling coat with leather leggings. Want to go further? Add a matching shearling bag.
  • If you’re looking to put a modern spin on the ’90’s combat boots look, borrow inspiration from Paris Jackson. Style a chunky cardigan with a slinky minidress and cute combat boots for a grunge look that will take you from drinks to dancing with casual ease. Add a smokey eye for a true homage to the OG, Courtney Love.
  • Keep things cool yet sophisticated a la Emma Watson at the Schiaparelli couture show, by mixing a sharp, graphic blazer with ripped straight-leg jeans. Translate this look for the office and swap your jeans out for tailored, wide-leg pants.

What to Look for in the Most Comfortable Combat Boots for Women

In terms of function, women’s combat boots are ideal for cold weather because of their snug, lace-up design and rugged rubber soles — which, when made for walking on slick, icy terrain, make these great winter boots. Adding to their durability, most silhouettes are made with sturdy leather or suede and many include double-stitched details.

Not only that, combat boots are podiatrist-approved. “They’re great for people with chronic lateral ankle instability or for people that hike on uneven terrain,” explains Silicon Valley-based podiatrist Najwa Javed. But not all styles are created equal. According to Dr. Javed, “If the upper material is too stiff, like in an ice skating boot, you fall and it will cause a fracture because there is no give in the material.” On the other hand, “if the material is too soft, there is no support to control ankle motion,” she warns.

And if you have any of the following foot conditions, you should heed Dr. Javed’s advice:

  • Bunions: “A wide and open toe box is the key,” she says. “Boots can be narrow in the toe box, and that can cause pinching, which can worsen the pain of an existing bunion. Find a pair with a stretchable upper like suede or soft leather.”
  • Plantar Fasciitis: “Go for a raised heel,” she notes. “Having a heel counter or lift of at least one inch can significantly reduce heel pain. Wedged boots are also a great option.”
  • Flat Feet: “Boots that are made with anti-pronation technology are the best option, as well as boots that can accept insoles/orthotics,” Dr. Javed explains. “Flat feet are generally a more unstable foot type so opt for a rigid sole, arch support, and ankle length to help reduce the pronation that flat feet are known for.
  • Wide Feet: “For women with wide feet, using a men’s shoe in their size is the best option, given that most women’s boots are built narrower.”
  • High Arches: “Boots with lace-up designs can be better than those with a solid upper in accommodating higher arches or feet that swell,” she shares.

Meet the Expert

Najwa Javed is a Silicon Valley-based Board Certified Podiatrist and Founder of E’MAR Italy. She specializes in foot and ankle surgery and clinical research.

Meet the Author

Fernando Snellings is a Washington, DC-based writer, focusing on lifestyle, beauty and everything in between.

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