10 Pairs of Lace-Up Boots to Wear All Winter

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If ’90s-inspired footwear has been gaining popularity for a while now, this is the season that Doc Martens came tromping back into our lives full force. And there are plenty of combat-inspired pairs that are surprisingly versatile (not to mention practical), even if you’d rather leave your grunge phase in your middle-school yearbook. Here, ten pairs to wear with everything.

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topshop gold cap toe boots

Gold Cap-toes

Utilitarian with a side of pizzazz. 

via spiga kinley white boots
Saks Fifth Avenue


Proof that white looks good on every kind of footwear.

sigerson morrison irene boots

Contrast Trim

Good news: You don’t have to actually go for a hike to wear this mountain-inspired pair.

Sigerson Morrison ($395)

marc ellis studded boots

Allover Studs

So much subtler than the chunky hardware from your Hot Topic phase.

Marc Ellis ($160)

michael kors tavie rain boots

Rain Boots

These babies look like patent leather, but they’re actually puddle-ready PVC. Sneaky.

isabel marant teylon boots
Matches Fashion


Can’t decide between moto and combat boots? We got you.

rag and bone cannon boots
Saks Fifth Avenue


The look of laces, minus the hassle of actually tying them.

joie halyn boots


Military, yet ladylike. 

frye veronica gold boots


Nothing brightens up a dreary winter day like rose-gold booties.

dr martens emmeline boots

Updated Combat

Just like the Docs we remember from our youth, only a little more streamlined. (And paired with 90 percent less angst.) 

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From 2016-2019 Carolyn Kuang-chen Stanley held the role of Editor covering food, travel and all things nyc.