Dr. Martens are another one of those trends that I have held at arm’s-length for quite a while (like the “God-awful Birkenstocks sandals” which I now can’t get enough of in the summertime). My hesitation this time was less about them being fugly (IknowIknow, I have changed my tune to pure adoration now, so don’t come at me, ladies) and more than that…well, I’m 5’10. Now, this is not always the case, but usually more height equals larger feet. In my case, that happens to be a plain fact.

So, am I getting to my point yet? Yes. Yes, I am. Doc Martens definitely lean more towards the BIG, CLUNKY category in footwear. I think we can all agree on that. So, if you couple that with the whole I Have Bigger Feet Than Anyone Else In My Immediate Vicinity hang-up…you can maybe see why I hadn’t run at the chance to get them onto my nine-and-a-halfers and go clonking around. It just didn’t seem like a particularly fun time in my mind.

What To Wear With Combat Boots: 3 Ways I’m Styling Doc Martens

I should have checked that assumption at the door from the get-go, though, because I was DEAD WRONG. Doc Martens can actually be worn by those with real footers, if ya know what I mean. I have now tried and styled two different pairs of Dr. Martens, and I was not only extremely comfortable in them, but now ONLY want to reach for them when I
enter my closet, in search of shoes.

Tall gals or ladies with some extra inches of foot to love: if you’ve been holding off for the same reason I did…it’s time for you to put on some Doc Martens and *kaa-pow!* your way through your Big Foot mental block. Do it for me, do it for all of the ladies who feel like their feet would fit in at the circus, but most importantly…do it for you.

Here’s how I got down with them and styled the Pascal boot a few different ways…

Outfit 1: Doc Martens With A Comfortable Play Dress

Never heard of a play dress for adults? It’s a thing, and one of my new favorite mom-friendly lines has an array of gorgeous styles, all fit for running around and playing with your kids. I now love the dress below even more now since I realized it looks cool AF with my Docs.

We got down & styled our Doc Martens 3 ways: cool AF w/ a comfy dress; casual w/Levi's skinny jeans; a flirty midi skirt for a femme take on combat boots.
We got down & styled our Doc Martens 3 ways: cool AF w/ a comfy dress; casual w/Levi's skinny jeans; a flirty midi skirt for a femme take on combat boots.
We got down & styled our Doc Martens 3 ways: cool AF w/ a comfy dress; casual w/Levi's skinny jeans; a flirty midi skirt for a femme take on combat boots.
We got down & styled our Doc Martens 3 ways: cool AF w/ a comfy dress; casual w/Levi's skinny jeans; a flirty midi skirt for a femme take on combat boots.

dress – wearing S (+ similar option at Bloomies) | tights (+ similar) | boots (went down half size to 9) | hair clips | coat (all Orolay coats can be found here)

Outfit 2: Doc Martens With A Pretty Midi Skirt

One of my favorite things to try to do with these boots is “doll them up” a bit. Just like the dress, a flitty little midi skirt has been an easy way for me to wear the Doc Martens in a more feminine pretty way, when I’m in the mood for that particular vibe.

We got down & styled our Doc Martens 3 ways: cool AF w/ a comfy dress; casual w/Levi's skinny jeans; a flirty midi skirt for a femme take on combat boots.
We got down & styled our Doc Martens 3 ways: cool AF w/ a comfy dress; casual w/Levi's skinny jeans; a flirty midi skirt for a femme take on combat boots.
We got down & styled our Doc Martens 3 ways: cool AF w/ a comfy dress; casual w/Levi's skinny jeans; a flirty midi skirt for a femme take on combat boots.
We got down & styled our Doc Martens 3 ways: cool AF w/ a comfy dress; casual w/Levi's skinny jeans; a flirty midi skirt for a femme take on combat boots.

skirt – similar (+ another Anine Bing option) | jacket (wearing M) | sweater (+ similar) | turtleneck (similar) | boots | backpack (very similar)

Outfit 3: Doc Martens With My Favorite Skinny Jeans

Last, but certainly not least…the outfit that’s been on repeat. It involves one of my very favorite pairs of Levi’s, the coolest graphic tee, and the animal print jacket I’ve been wearing as often as possible. Not to mention, those sweet custom bracelets with my dad’s initials and my maiden name on them, which are very special to me. Also, Doc Martens just look so good with jeans, in general, so…

We got down & styled our Doc Martens 3 ways: cool AF w/ a comfy dress; casual w/Levi's skinny jeans; a flirty midi skirt for a femme take on combat boots.
We got down & styled our Doc Martens 3 ways: cool AF w/ a comfy dress; casual w/Levi's skinny jeans; a flirty midi skirt for a femme take on combat boots.
We got down & styled our Doc Martens 3 ways: cool AF w/ a comfy dress; casual w/Levi's skinny jeans; a flirty midi skirt for a femme take on combat boots.
We got down & styled our Doc Martens 3 ways: cool AF w/ a comfy dress; casual w/Levi's skinny jeans; a flirty midi skirt for a femme take on combat boots.

jeans (TTS) | jacket (wearing S, TTS) | tee (TTS, wearing S) | bodysuit (similar) | bag (same size as mine here + exact same bag, but medium size here) | boots | custom bracelets

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Photos by Christina Hussey Photography – Charlotte, NC

12 COMMENTS

  1. Yeah, 5’7″ here with 10/10.5 feet. Used to be 9.5. I stopped caring how big my feet look a long time ago. My dad told me for years that he wondered why we rented skis for me growing up, seeing as how my feet are so big (my mom’s are a size 6!). I’ll give these a shot as I really want combat boots but can’t find any that I like. Perhaps I should try again!

    • Good for you, seriously. I have come a long way from serial insecurity to not caring much at all about what people think of me anymore, but…but. I still think my feet are too big for some shoes. haha! Do try them again! PLEASE.

  2. Love these looks! Makes me nostalgic for teen years where I had maroon, patent and brown pairs of docs and rocked Courtney love!
    You look awesome!!! I need to find a pair of docs now that don’t make my look like I have clown feet… love yours!

  3. Great post! You look fabulous in all of these looks! I’m a huge fan of Docs. I’ve been wearing them since high school and have a few pairs right now, but my cherry/oxblood ones are my number one go to. They make everything a little cooler in my book!

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