These Are The Best Combat Boot Styles To Get Right Now

Buy combat boots and beat them up. They'll look better that way.
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Combat (and combat-inspired) boots are good in the summer. They're good in the fall. They were good in the '90s, and they'll be good next year, too. All you have to do is get a style that is as timeless as the shape itself. Look for well-constructed pieces in colors you know work with your wardrobe. And then wear them with abandon. Because (bonus) they look even better once you beat 'em up. Here are 12 of our favorite pairs. 

Dr. Martens '1460' Boot

If you're a classics-only kind of dresser, you can't go wrong with a pair of Docs.

Grenson Leander Boots


This have a supple, polished leather, which makes them easy to dress up.  

Red Wing Heritage Iron Ranger Boots

OK, these are more work boot than combat, but they take their styling cues from service styles. Plus, they can take a beating. If you're looking to invest in your first solid boot that will last you a long while, these are hard to beat. 

Frye Bowery Combat Boot

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Lighten up the look with a tan suede. These are great with light-wash jeans.  

Clarks Craftsmaster III Cap-Toe Boot

A solid, all-black option will always look good.  

Tricker's Commando Wetherby Boot

This leather has a bright orange tone to it, which will serve your style well come fall.  

Common Projects Zipper Combat Boot


The low-key side zip and lug sole make these the perfect look for city dwellers.  

Viberg Service Boot

Brown with a little red makes for a neutral with a little edge. 

Dries Van Noten Suede Boots

You already know Dries does everything exceptionally well. If anyone can make combat boots streamlined, it's him.   


Marsell Washed-Suede Boots

If you're already confident in your combat boot-wearing skills, invest in a pair that has a little personality to it—like this washed gray offering from Marsell. 

Thom Browne Wingtip Boots 

Trying to wear boots with a suit? Thom Browne's wingtips aren't actually combat boots, but they channel that same energy while feeling a little more dressed-up. 


Eris Bergen Leather Boots

And if you're looking to buy a pair of boots that mean you'll never have to buy a pair of boots again, here you go.

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