Shoe Carnival: How To Wear Combat Boots In Five Ways


Definitely punk but deliciously practical, lace up with our five favorite outfits to wear with combat boots.

Add a touch to your look while remaining comfortable and cute with combat boots. From motorcycle chic style to the throwback to ’90s prep, combat boots are the modern upgrade you need for any fall look. From a cozy cafe to a girls’ night out, the super versatile combat boot is the basis for these five stunning looks.

What are combat boots?

Combat boots are military-style, ankle-high to mid-calf lace-up boots, typically designed with notched soles to provide traction over rough terrain. Additionally, most combat boots today are worn for style rather than military service.

Look 1: white combat boots and jeans

The UnR8ed Firm Combat Boot takes up the rebellious punk roots of the combat boot by defiantly breaking the “no white after Labor Day” rule. From top to bottom, this look is both polished and punky. Add contrast to hard-wearing boots and distressed denim by complementing it with a must-have striped sweater. Top it off with a leather jacket for an added benefit

Look 2: Black combat boots and tights

For a look that goes from day to day, the Madden Girl Kurrt black combat boots are those versatile shoes that can be dressy or casual. Pair them with a little black dress and tights, layered under a loose, comfortable cardigan for the day. For a date, replace the sweater with a tailored blazer or classic trench coat.

Look 3: Bold Combat Boots and Layered Denim

Intrepid and on-trend, these fun ankle boots punctuate high-waisted faux-leather jeans with an unexpected twist. With an iridescent finish and an embossed reptilian texture, the metallicDr. Martens Zavala Combat Boots the drama. And what would a fierce rock star outfit be without a jacket? A denim jacket layered over a printed t-shirt keeps this look comfortable and relaxed.

Look 4: Brown combat boots and plaid dress

Wondering how to portray the ’90s prep trend this fall? This outfit won’t let you feel Distraught. First, get into some (slightly) distressed brown combat boots. Next, find a turtleneck or vintage ribbed sweater in a white, beige or neutral shade. Finally, don a plaid dress to win. Score extra credit with white socks and wavy locks.

Look 5: Combat boots for your Mini

Black boots give a modern look to a timeless sweater and feel friendly on the playgrounds. And if tying her shoes isn’t quite her forte, you’ll both love the side zip fastening.e UnR8ed Firm Kids’ Combat Boots.

More Proven Boot Style Tips:

When it comes to combat boots, there are no rules, but here are some style tips to follow:

Combat pants and boots

Since lace-up boots shrink, extend the effect with skinny ankle-hugging jeans, leggings, cropped chinos, and opaque tights. Punctuate your faux leather leggings or pants with your favorite pair of combat boots, or slip your boots over a jogger for a military fatigue look. Avoid loose fits and palazzo pants.

Combat tops and boots

What you wear on top isn’t as strategic as your pant choices, but we like to go tall, soft, or short with lace-up boots. Think oversized boxy sweaters, cropped motorcycle jackets, soft ribbed turtlenecks, distressed denim jackets – you see the picture.

Dresses with combat boots

As unique wardrobe wonders, dresses are a mainstay of the weekly outfit rotation. What other item could better bring out the rebellious roots of a sturdy combat boot than a girl’s dress? Can you say contrast? From flower-patterned maxi dresses to minimalist slip-on dresses, all dress shapes and lengths will highlight your team of boots.

Fight boring style in the hottest trends with the lace-up boots from Shoe Carnival. Check out more great looks in the Fall Boot Shop or to a Shoe Carnival store near you.

All items in stock at time of publication. Original publication October 14, 2020.

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