This Affordable Boot Brand Is Timeless and Iconic, so I Ranked Its Top 5 Styles


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Do you remember the first time you slipped your foot into a pair of thick-soled, high-top leather boots? Was it an aha moment? Did you feel totally badass? I certainly did.

I got my first pair of Dr. Martens in the '90s and have been a devout fan ever since, treasuring my well-worn boots season after season while adding to my collection when there is a new style I simply cannot resist. I share this freely, as I know many fashion-industry peers feel the same. 

In case this is your first encounter with the iconic British brand, it's important to know that this boot is backed up by over a century of consumer satisfaction and cult-classic status. In fact, the company, which traces its roots back to the early 1900s, was originally favored by postmen and factory workers in the UK and cost just £2 in the 1960s (roughly $30 today). 

Although prices have increased appropriately over time, the distinctive air-cushioned sole and yellow stitching remain the same. Moreover, the quality craftsmanship of each shoe holds true—if my feet hadn't grown, I'm certain I'd still be wearing my very first pair—which is why Dr. Martens continue to be found in wardrobes around the world. 

When looking for the best boots, are you searching for a versatile, reliable pair? Start here: Dr. Martens is always topping the lists of the best combat boots. Accordingly, we've identified the best Dr. Martens boots plus some outfit inspo to get your search started on the right foot. 

1. Dr. Martens 1460 Pascal Boots

2. Dr. Martens Jadon Boots

3. Dr. Martens 2976 Chelsea Boots

4. Dr. Martens Sinclair Booties

5. Dr. Martens Rometty Platform Chelsea Boots

Dr. Martens Outfit Ideas


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Extra points for highlighting your Dr. Martens with visible socks. 


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For a Gen Z look, try a miniskirt with a mesh printed top. 


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May I offer you another variation on the printed mesh look?


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For the depths of winter, this pattern-clashing look is supreme. 


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Dr. Martens boots are also ideal for travel days. 

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Drew Elovitz
Director of Content Strategy

Drew Elovitz is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but has spent the last decade living and working in New York City. She earned a master's degree in media and popular culture from New York University, then began her career on the internet as the Twitter voice of Barbie. She worked previously at Who What Wear as the director of content strategy and also spent several years leading the social media teams at Teen Vogue and Entertainment Weekly. You'll find her byline on the site around topics such as celebrity fashion, must-have basics, beauty favorites (particularly nail polish), and wellness tips and tricks. Her personal style tends to favor the classics: She loves crisp white button-downs, sneakers, and skinny jeans—and no look is complete without a great pair of oversize sunglasses and a trusty leather jacket. After she finishes reading the entire internet every day, she can be found dining out at her favorite restaurants, trying new beauty treatments, or indulging her historical-fiction habit.