Happy week, friends. Sometimes I have a lot to say here, and sometimes I just wanna talk SHOES. And today I just wanna talk SHOES…more specifically, BOOTS. YAS. My jam. This fall I’m all about finding some rad combat boots, and I thought I’d take y’all along for the ride. I really just searched online and ordered whatever I was into, so I have quite a few options for ya…from really stand-out styles to more classic combat boots that will last you forever. Don’t worry though, all of them have a badass quality that I feel like you gotta keep in the running when searching for combat boots. Let’s see what we got… 

The Coolest Black Combat Boots For Women Right Now

 1. Trendy & Distinct Combat Boots

Dr. Martens Blake II Butero

These rad Docs are stiff, not super-comfy, but after they break-in, I bet they would be great. Pretty rad but very distinct, and not quite versatile enough for what I wanted. I’m also not as drawn to the shiny leather as I used to be back in the day. I love the height on these though, and think they’re great with the cropped jeans.

The search for a pair of black combat boots — that combine punk & cute just so — is long & hard. We're trying AllSaints, Dr. Martens & Fryes...find out.The search for a pair of black combat boots — that combine punk & cute just so — is long & hard. We're trying AllSaints, Dr. Martens & Fryes...find out.

sweatshirt (s) // jeans (same cut) // boots (TTS)

Dr. Martens 1460 Pascal Core

This pair of boots is comfy, especially for Dr. Martens straight outta the box. They run a little wide, but offer plenty of room for socks. Very soft and bonus…they’re waterproof.

The search for a pair of black combat boots — that combine punk & cute just so — is long & hard. We're trying AllSaints, Dr. Martens & Fryes...find out.The search for a pair of black combat boots — that combine punk & cute just so — is long & hard. We're trying AllSaints, Dr. Martens & Fryes...find out.sweatshirt // jeans // boots (TTS-UK)

AllSaints Franka Boot

Um, amazing. More of a hiking shoe meets combat boot and super-rad. Very distinct. A well-made shoe and one that will last awhile. True to size, but size up by half, if you plan to wear very thick socks.

The search for a pair of black combat boots — that combine punk & cute just so — is long & hard. We're trying AllSaints, Dr. Martens & Fryes...find out.

The search for a pair of black combat boots — that combine punk & cute just so — is long & hard. We're trying AllSaints, Dr. Martens & Fryes...find out.sweater (s) // pants (similar) // boots (TTS, size up for heavy socks)

Dr. Martens Delphine Brogue

These are also very stiff, but I’m sure would break-in because they’re Docs. Love the look. The most in-between classic and trendy of all the pairs, so I put them at the end here. Love how they look with the jeans and blazer. I’m thinking they would be a little less versatile than some of the other styles, though, but I love the menswear vibe. If I could go with two pairs, these would be my second pick.

The search for a pair of black combat boots — that combine punk & cute just so — is long & hard. We're trying AllSaints, Dr. Martens & Fryes...find out.The search for a pair of black combat boots — that combine punk & cute just so — is long & hard. We're trying AllSaints, Dr. Martens & Fryes...find out.

tee // blazer (s – slightly small) // jeans // boots (TTS)

2. Classic-Style Combat Boots

UGG Noe Moto Boot

These are awesome. They’re a cool all-black look that I think is rad. To me that makes them badass, but also still classic enough that you won’t tire of them. They’re super-comfy, too. These are a near top pick, but a bit different style with the leather straps.

The search for a pair of black combat boots — that combine punk & cute just so — is long & hard. We're trying AllSaints, Dr. Martens & Fryes...find out. The search for a pair of black combat boots — that combine punk & cute just so — is long & hard. We're trying AllSaints, Dr. Martens & Fryes...find out.sweater (s) // pants (similar) // boots (TTS)

AllSaints Donita

These are also one of those in-between classic and super-trendy. The shape and style are classic, but they’re in the trendy shiny leather, so they lean that way, too. A really solid choice if you can’t decide between the two. Stiffer because of the shiny leather, but still a bit more comfy than the first pair of Docs, IMO.

The search for a pair of black combat boots — that combine punk & cute just so — is long & hard. We're trying AllSaints, Dr. Martens & Fryes...find out.

The search for a pair of black combat boots — that combine punk & cute just so — is long & hard. We're trying AllSaints, Dr. Martens & Fryes...find out.

sweatshirt // jeans // boots (TTS)

Frye Veronica Combat

I’ve tried these in various colors and even in snake print over the last couple of years, but never bit the bullet on them. I think they lean just a bit too “wear with Laura Ashely dresses” style. Anyone else? Regardless, I have friends who swear by them, and they are beautifully made shoes that last forever. Frye boots are always a good investment. These are comfy, but not as ‘buttery soft’ as the Allison.

The search for a pair of black combat boots — that combine punk & cute just so — is long & hard. We're trying AllSaints, Dr. Martens & Fryes...find out. The search for a pair of black combat boots — that combine punk & cute just so — is long & hard. We're trying AllSaints, Dr. Martens & Fryes...find out.

The search for a pair of black combat boots — that combine punk & cute just so — is long & hard. We're trying AllSaints, Dr. Martens & Fryes...find out.

tee // blazer (s – slightly small) // jeans // boots 

Frye Allison Combat

THESE. Are so soft. And comfy. And very classic and less statement-making, but so lovely. The shape and sole are more ‘combat boot’ to me than the Melissa above, and if I wanted a really classic one I’d choose these. I believe they’re selling quickly, and it’s because of the buttery softness, I’m sure. I’d size up by half: I’m in an 8.5 here and they’re perfect, and I am usually a solid 8.

The search for a pair of black combat boots — that combine punk & cute just so — is long & hard. We're trying AllSaints, Dr. Martens & Fryes...find out.

The search for a pair of black combat boots — that combine punk & cute just so — is long & hard. We're trying AllSaints, Dr. Martens & Fryes...find out.

sweater (s) // pants (similar) // boots (size up 1/2) (similar chic boot)

3. My 3 Favorite Pairs Of Combat Boots

Dr. Martens 1460 Pascal Core

These are so good. They are classics, but comfier and just cozy if you grew up in the ’90s, too. Where’s my flannel? These are a little more casual than I wanted in my combat boot, though, which sounds weird, but anyway…a solid choice.

The search for a pair of black combat boots — that combine punk & cute just so — is long & hard. We're trying AllSaints, Dr. Martens & Fryes...find out.tee (similar) // jeans (love!) // boots

Frye Allison Combat

These. I’m sad they are going quickly, and I’m having a hard time choosing between these and the next pair. They’re SO soft and gorgeous and lovely and comfy. Definitely size up by half if they have yours in stock though. They do come in a cognac color that’s great for a preppier or more outdoorsy vibe. Love.

The search for a pair of black combat boots — that combine punk & cute just so — is long & hard. We're trying AllSaints, Dr. Martens & Fryes...find out.

sweater (s) // pants (similar) // boots (size up 1/2) (similar chic boot)

AllSaints Franka Boot

These are just amazing and I think the boot I’m going with. So rad, a cool vibe, and we all know I like a statement shoe. The two above are solid choices, but these are just so cool. And, not to mention, they’re supremely comfy and well-made, too. All the things. This is most likely the pair I’m keeping for my fall boot of choice. TTS, but size up if you wear a lot of thick socks.

The search for a pair of black combat boots — that combine punk & cute just so — is long & hard. We're trying AllSaints, Dr. Martens & Fryes...find out. The search for a pair of black combat boots — that combine punk & cute just so — is long & hard. We're trying AllSaints, Dr. Martens & Fryes...find out.sweater // tee (similar) // jeans // boots (TTS, size up for heavy socks)

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My first pair of Docs/combat boots ever I picked up on an all-star dance trip to London my senior year of high school. They were black velvet. Oh, how I wish I still had them. They were so so good.

Are you jumping back into this trend this fall? I feel that with the variety of styles, it’s a look you can go with and feel all nostalgic about without looking too trendy or costume-y. Pair your big sweaters and favorite jeans with any of these, throw on a beanie and you’re like a grown-up version of My So-Called Life. #favoriteforever For more ideas on how to style combat boots, see Julieta’s post.

xo,

L

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13 COMMENTS

  1. Combat boots are totally my jam. I really have never stopped wearing them. I can’t think of a time when I didn’t have a pair of classic Doc Martens. The past two years, I find myself reaching for my oxblood pair most often. They do require some breaking in, but once that’s done, they’re the best ever. Last year, I discovered Grenson boots on Instagram and I’ve become obsessed. I am determined to own a pair eventually. They are so freakin’ cool. For Christmas last year, my husband got me this pair of Jeffrey Campbell boots, so now I have “dressier” combat boots, too, because ya know, that’s a necessity. Haha! Absolutely love this post! Thanks!

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  2. I just can’t. Maybe it’s my age. Maybe it’s the memories of teenage angst that I don’t care to relive. Something about the 90s trend brings back the bad memories of being young, not the good ones…I’ll get over it eventually but I guess 30 years is not enough LOL

  3. Shana, I have to admit, breaking in my Docs is not usually excruciating. I always get the Wonder Balsam that they sell and use that on the boots right away. I wear them in the house for a few hours at a time the first few days after I get them. I also bend the heel back and forth a couple of times to soften them up before I put them on. I also always wear really thick socks, usually wool, with them. Always. Mine are usually good to go within the first week or so (depending on the number of days I wear them) and they get better with time! Love them!

    • Are you looking for lighter fabric for warmer temps or just a lighter weight sole, for example? The All Saints are actually not that heavy but yeah, in general I think the combat boot is gonna be a heavier shoe to be more durable.

  4. I still have my original black Doc Martens from 1995, so I’ll be pulling them out again! I just bought a pair of Rebecca Minkoff studded Maddox booties and I’m obsessed with them right now. I can’t wait until it’s no longer 90 degrees so I can style them!

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