Equal parts comfortable and cool, combat boots should be considered an essential component of your fashion uniform

Every now and then, a trend comes along that neatly intersects high fashion with genuine practicality; right now, combat boots – those utilitarian classics – are dominating the season, thanks to the fact that they not only look great but are perfect for trans-seasonal dressing. Almost universally black and lace-up, they are elevated (sometimes literally) takes on the Dr. Martens you stomped around in as a teenager – see fashion heavyweights including Valentino, Chloé and Manolo Blahnik for luxe styles that strike the perfect balance between comfortable and chic.

 Take your styling cues from model Liya Kebede and use your best combat boots to punctuate a masterfully layered look that’s ideal for autumnal days. Blue denim paired with an oversized shirt is a timeless combination, but finishing the outfit with combat boots gives it a new-season spin. Elsewhere, fellow model Elsa Hosk proves that stompy winter boots are the perfect way to offset the prettiness of an LBD, making for a decidedly modern daytime or after-dark ensemble. Of course, the true allure of combat boots lies in their year-round appeal; investing in a pair is a fail-safe way to ensure your sartorial standards don’t slip in cold weather. Simply pair with a classic coat or statement knit – like designer and photographer Yoyo Cao – for an instant, and enviable, outfit.