First came the scrunchies. Then the headbands. And now, the Doc Martens.
That’s right: the combat boots that went mainstream in the 90s are officially back.
And should any of us be surprised? 90s fashion has been back with a vengeance as evident by Gen Z’s obsession with the middle part, Olivia Rodrigo’s “Brutal” music video, and just about every influencers’ IG feed.
What was once considered grunge is now a fashion staple and everyone from model Irina Shayk to The Bachelorette lead Michelle Young is rocking the combat boot.
While some are sticking with the classic ankle boot style, others are making a bold statement with knee-high lace-ups. Black is the color of choice for most celebs while a few mix it up with a baby pink version (see: TaeYeon)
But celebs aren’t just wearing Dr. Martens, they’re also sporting designer versions by brands like Prada and Bottega Veneta, which are creating their own version of the iconic combat boot. If the originals are too androgynous for you, you can embrace a more feminine style with high-heeled versions
Combat boots are also making their way onscreen. Selena Gomez has been rocking a high-heeled black bootie as Mabel Mora in Only Murders in the Building nearly every week (we found the exact ones she wears here).
Perhaps the reason that combat boots like Dr. Martens have made such a huge comeback is that they’re so effortlessly cool. They convey a sense of confidence, edge, and style. Plus, they go with everything — jeans, mini dresses, and more. They’re the perfect way to take an outfit to the next level.
If you’re looking for a pair of combats to add to your wardrobe, check out our favorite celebrity-inspired picks. Whether you’re looking to nab a pair of designer duds or hoping to score a pair of the classic originals, you’ll find the perfect way to pull it off below.
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Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, Tiger Beat, and Sesame Workshop (aka Sesame Street). She loves all things Real Housewives and The Challenge. When she’s not busy binge-watching TV, you can find her taking an absurd amount of photos of her tuxedo cat Tom.