Even though snowstorms haven't officially hit New York City yet, stylish city dwellers have been sporting winter-ready footwear for a while now. The utilitarian style has remained a favorite among fashion It girls, and Candice Swanepoel's black combat boots are further proof that the military-inspired trend is just as appropriate for fancier occasions as it is for running errands.
On Dec. 2, the Victoria's Secret model attended the Versace fashion show in relaxed, grunge-inspired Dr. Martens, styled with a structural mini dress and an embellished crossbody bag. With everyone from Blake Lively to Gigi Hadid serving next-level looks, Swanepoel brought a smart, understated vibe that was equal parts edgy and chic.
Even though a fashion show might be the last place you'd imagine a supermodel opting for a relaxed shoe style like this, the South African model proved how thoughtful styling can elevate the utilitarian design to new heights. When styling Dr. Martens for a special occasion such as this, pair them with an unexpected outfit, like Swanepoel's structural dress with intricate zipper detailing, to offset the rugged footwear.
To finish it off, the model chose a sleek, refined beauty look, sweeping her glossy blonde hair into a slick back that added an extra dose of sophistication. Donning dewy, understated makeup with frosty, neutral colors, Swanepoel managed to add a touch of softness to the all-black ensemble.
The 30-year-old isn't the only supermodel who vouches for the '90s-inspired staple. Kaia Gerber pairs her Docs with mini dresses and sheer tights, while Behati Prinsloo even rocks the grunge classic in sunny Los Angeles. After all, just because they can withstand New York winter doesn't mean they won't won't fly in L.A. As a matter of fact, the It-girl staple carries a certain cool factor that fits in perfectly with the slower-paced, California attitude.
So whether you're looking for a stylish, wearable staple to get things done in, or you want to infuse a touch of edge into a look for a chic event, there are plenty of model-approved styles to choose from. As temperatures continue to fall and icier days grow nearer, arm yourself with stylish footwear that can weather the storm. Ahead, The Zoe Reports rounds up the must-have picks for combat boots this season.