Candice Swanepoel’s Black Combat Boots Prove Chunky Shoes Can Look Chic
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.
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White Docs have also been super popular lately, with everyone from Shanina Shaik to Gigi Hadid sporting them around the streets of New York City.
Cannon Leather Buckle Boots
Rag & Bone
Looking for something slightly more refined? Ditch the laces and opt for these triple buckle straps instead, which will pair seamlessly with your go-to pair of jeans.
Stud-Detailed Spazzalato Leather Combat Boots
Barneys New York
If you want something a bit sleeker than Dr. Martens, this lace-up style is a great option, and those silver studs are such a unique touch.
The Lexy Bootie
Want to switch up the classic black vibe? Consider this blue-gray shade from Stuart Weitzman that will definitely stand out from the crowd.
Trip Lug Sole Combat Boot
If you'd rather not go the platform route, you can still get some extra height with this lug block heel from Gucci with a signature striped band.