Our Editor’s 5 Favorite Combat Boots


Here at VICE, we may be more fans than fighters, but we always appreciate the rugged utility of combat boots.As the name suggests, the style has military roots, but has been a staple of the counterculture wardrobe for decades. Along with surplus style icons (shout out Freaks Academy’ Lindsay Weir and taxi driver Travis Bickle) and the MA-1 bomber jacket, combat boots weave eras, styles and subcultures, while always retaining a street aesthetic and cool childlike charm.

The ancestry of modern combat boots dates back over 100 years to the “trench boots” that adorned soldiers’ feet during World War I. Durable (thanks to a comfortable, long-lasting sole), it was not uncommon for GIs to come home with their boots intact for years on end. Merchandise stores have become a destination not only for military and women’s clothing, but also for young people looking for durable, relatively affordable clothing. It may be part of the reason why it became such a big part. The Breakfast Club John Bender To The Clash’s Paul Simonon(Combat boots with serious, tough designs tend to look really cool).

Today, the spectrum of combat boots ranges from utilitarian to luxurious, from those that maintain the style’s utilitarian, functional roots to combat boots that are fashion-forward and crafted.in the meantime actual combat boots subject to certain restrictions Depending on which branch of the military you’re targeting, “combat boots” are now a series of simplified, durable lace-up boots with sturdy (likely lugged) soles. It cannot be denied that it is an abbreviation for We’ve selected some of our favorite combat boot styles, regardless of your budget or the musicians you have on your Spotify playlist.

doc martens 1460 boots

Let’s be frank: when someone says “combat boots,” chances are the Dr. Martens silhouette comes to mind. The history of the brand dates back to his 1947. Klaus, a German Army doctor, finds that his Dr. Martens has injured his ankle and that his boots are uncomfortable to wear. In the aftermath of World War II, Märtens used leather and materials to create what is now the predecessor to the brand’s iconic Air His Cushion His Sole. After partnering with British shoe manufacturer R. Griggs Group in 1959, the boot went from a niche orthopedic shoe to a mass market favorite.As different sectors of the British public, from blue-collar workers to punks and skinheads (most often seen in cult-favorite films) This is England) — boots have been adopted and styled to suit their individual needs for decades. doctor martens It soon became more than just a boot brand. 1460 BootsKnown for its smooth leather upper, 8-eye construction, yellow-threaded Goodyear welt and translucent stacked sole, the has evolved from a durable work boot into an undisputed style icon.The boots come in a dizzying array of colors, leather styles, and silhouettes, but it’s hard to beat the classics. one If booting with this list, pair it with a 1460.

Danner Reckoning Coyote GTX Boots

Soldiers and women know better Limitations and requirements Applied to the uniform-ready boots soldiers wear in the field, it balances modern footwear technology with a simple yet functional aesthetic so that the last thing a soldier thinks about is what happens in his footwear. These technical details have permeated the general public, and many of America’s best boot makers offer the same durable boots to civilians. DannerKnown for their hard-wearing hiking and work boots, this Oregon-based boot manufacturer creates combat boots designed for modern needs. The Reckoning Series is lightweight and flexible (in more ways than one), and each boot in the collection is built to handle a wide variety of terrain, climates and uniform requirements. There is no denying that Danners is an investment. If you’re looking for boots that are literally ready to go, Danner GTX EGA Boots A favorite of the series Marine Corps ‘Eagle, Glove, Anchor’ logo on heelAs the ‘GTX’ stands for, this model boasts a Gore-Tex upper (making the boot highly breathable and functionally waterproof), a lugged Danner all-terrain sole platform (designed in collaboration with Vibram). increase. Berry CompliantAs an added bonus, these boots aren’t just made in the USA. All components used in the boot are sourced from 50 states. These are the type of boots that look great tucked in even if you don’t plan on going near a US military base. They’re part of the uniform! Don’t overthink it.

Filson Service Boot 2

When shopping for combat boots, you’ll find that this area of ​​footwear falls into two (sometimes overlapping) categories: modern models with contemporary design and technology, and more traditional and period. style that transcends (think something like Dr above). Martens 1460 boot, but without all of the brand’s signature branding hallmarks). A classic Americana brand in itself, Filson It offers (understandably) a classic and… well, a traditional take on combat boots. Directly inspired by 20th-century military shoes, the upper is made from full-grain, oiled smooth, rough-out leather. The Goodyear welt keeps water from seeping into the boot (and makes re-soling these in your local cobbler a lot easier). Overall, the aesthetic makes the boots look like something you might (excitedly) dig up in your grandparents’ closet. With a modern Vibram lug sole and triple-stitching for durability, his Filson’s service boot can be worn all day, in all conditions.

$368 and Filson

Rhodes Footwear Portland Boots

Let’s say your vibe is more “dress boots” than “combat boots.” solid. Portland boots from Rhodes Footwear It hits its mark with a silhouette that echoes early-to-mid-20th century combat boots. These aren’t things you want to wear in the trenches or anything like that, but Portland boots are actually a lot tougher than they appear at first glance.suede upper water resistant Alfamex Bentley suede is anchored by a Vibram 430 outsole for all-weather grip. With a slight twist, the Portland is more of a “mid-rise” silhouette, unlike the brand’s Darren He boots. The end result should be a little more casual (and less constricting) than other “combat boot” styles.

$250 and hackberry

prada monolith combat boots with pouch

From heritage-inspired combat boots, tech boots, and even pop culture favorites, we’ve ticked the boxes. This style of Prada But… this That’s when I turned the style dial up to 11. Technically it’s not far from the style and shape of traditional combat boots, but it comes in smooth brushed leather and features a fairly standard Ace system on the shaft. For fun, flamboyant and hipster creations. With Prada’s oversized ‘Monolith’ sole (featured in everything from loafers to sneakers), this boot sleeve Thanks to the removable nylon zipper pouch that belts the upper laces, this is indeed a “fashion” boot, but the chunky lug sole, extra (or as some say) irrelevant) With a storage pouch and contrasting nylon details, this model… mostly functional? We advise most shoppers not to drop nearly $20 on boots, but let Prada make you think twice.

$1750 and Bergdorf Goodman

$1750 and Bergdorf Goodman

March, Fela.

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