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The Fashion Memo

25 of the best combat boots: The off-duty update

Quick march: these season-essential, heavy-duty boots will work with everything you own


Don’t you love it when fashion’s runaway obsessions neatly intersect with genuine practicality? Right now, combat boots – those clompy, utilitarian classics – are strides ahead thanks to the fact that they look good and are perfect for trans-seasonal dressing. Almost universally black and lace-up, they are elevated (sometimes literally) takes on the Dr. Martens you stomped around in as a teenager. Best of all, boots that mean business are a top trend for next season, too – wear them to toughen up your printed midi skirts and dresses, or with jeans or tapered pants (cropped or rolled above the top of your boots) and a chunky knit when the temperatures drop.


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