Every now and then, a trend comes along that neatly intersects high fashion with genuine practicality; right now, combat boots – those utilitarian classics – are dominating the FW20 collections, thanks to the fact that they not only look great but are perfect for trans-seasonal dressing. Almost universally black and lace-up – although for those willing to put in the aftercare, Prada and London-based label Legres have also debuted exquisite cream styles – they are elevated (sometimes literally) takes on the Dr. Martens you stomped around in as a teenager. Take your styling cues from model Liya Kebede and use your boots to punctuate a masterfully layered look that’s ideal for autumnal days. Blue denim paired with a man’s shirt is a timeless combination, but finishing the outfit with combat boots gives it a new-season spin. Elsewhere, fellow model Elsa Hosk proves that stompy winter boots are the perfect way to offset the prettiness of an LBD, making for a decidedly modern daytime or after-dark ensemble. Of course, the true allure of combat boots lies in their year-round appeal; investing in a pair is a fail-safe way to ensure your sartorial standards don’t slip this winter. Simply pair with a classic coat or statement knit – like designer and photographer Yoyo Cao – for an instant, and enviable, outfit.
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