Combat Ready!

Jimmy Choo Hatcher black grainy leather combat boots with crystal detail, $1195
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Happy Holidays! Whether you are getting ready to fight your way through the department stores, the malls (heaven forbid), the crowded city streets, or the airports, let’s face it, life is a battlefield! There is no better way to prepare yourself for the tasks that lie ahead than by donning a pair of combat boots. This is a season where boots reign and some of the best just happen to be lug-soled and military inspired. But that is perhaps the only thing that ties them together because within this category there is a wide variety.

Some of the boots are relatively flat and some are heeled (for those who refuse to forfeit height). Some lace up, others zip, and a few do both. They come in a range of colors including black, white, red, brown, and camel. There are solids and patterns, and they are made of leather, suede, canvas, velvet, metallic, and haircalf. They are available low (ankle length), high (to the knee), and mid-calf. Some are plain and some are fancy. And for those who ‘fancy’ logos, those exist as well. They are available at all price points and many are currently on sale.

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These are some notable examples, from the least expensive to the most expensive. Zara studded leather ankle boots, strap with micro-stud details, pull tab back, $83.80 (originally $119). More info/purchase

Zara leather platform boots with elastic inserts at sides $90.30 (originally $129). More info/purchase

Marc Fisher LTD. Waren round toe lace-up leather boots with side buckle and 3-inch chunky heel, $229. More info/purchase

Marc Jacobs Bristol combat boots in red leather with round toe and low blocked heel, $200- $395 (depending on which size you order on Amazon Prime). More info/purchase

Stuart Weitzman Elspeth mid-calf leather lace- up boots with quilted leather tongue and signature metal squares. It is part combat, part sock boot, and available in both black and white, $488.60 (reduced from $698). More info/purchase

Marc Jacobs Ryder white leather combat boots have a 1-inch platform lugged sole and 3.5-inch heel, $495. More info/purchase

Stuart Weitzman Shackleton lace-up combat boots in hickory suede with 2.8 inch covered heel, $523 (reduced from $698). More info/purchase

R13 Tartan canvas ankle boots with red stitching on lugged platform sole features a zip fastening in back, $547.50 (reduced from $1095). More info/purchase

Proenza Schouler Tiger-print calf hair ankle boots with side zips, $597.50 (reduced from $1195). More info/purchase

Prada glossy black patent-leather lace-up ankle boots have a side zip for easy access, $825 More info/purchase

Versace Medallion lace- up white calf leather combat boots feature the company’s signature Medusa head medallion trim, $957 (reduced from $1595). More info/purchase

Valentino Garavani VLTN black leather combat boots have chunky soles and a graphic logo printed in stark white lettering, $1095. More info/purchase

Jimmy Choo anthracite metallic grainy leather Cruz flat boot with crystal detailing, $1350. More info/purchase

Roger Vivier Viv Rangers crystal embellished paneled leather and suede ankle boot, $1875. More info/purchase

Chanel dark green, khaki, gold, white tweed and suede calfskin combat boot with signature pearl buttons and chain trim, $1950. More info/purchase

Regardless of whether or not you are in a ‘combative’ mood, with any of the above, you can effortlessly go through the paces of your life in ‘Kick-Ass’ high style.

– Marilyn Kirschner

Marilyn Kirschner

I am a long time fashion editor with 40+ years of experience. As senior market of Harper's Bazaar for 21 years I met and worked with every major fashion designer in the world and covered all of the collections in Paris, London, Milan and New York. I was responsible for overall content, finding and pulling in the best clothes out there, and for formulating ideas and stories.

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