Ankle boots have, of course, always been a timeless wardrobe staple due to their versatility, comfort and effortless style. This Fall/Winter 2019, with the 60s’ New Wave and 90s’ grunge aesthetic sweeping across the runways, designer brands from Prada to Alexander McQueen have resurrected the lug-sole boots and chunky combat styles for a bold, unapologetic tough-girl vibe. To jumpstart your search, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favourites below.
Prada gave its version a Mad Max-esque twist by adding chunky soles and ankle-strapped patch pockets crafted in the brand’s signature heavy duty nylon, offering not only visual interest, but functionality too.
Miu Miu’s iteration comes with a 110mm wedged platform outsole for added height, and camouflage print for subtle military vibe.
Keeping in line with the new wave and punk aesthetics found in its FW19 ready-to-wear collection, these combat boots from Alexander McQueen feature glossy white leather on a chunky rubber sole.
This pair from Vetements come with chunky rubber soles and practical side zippers that can be loosened for a more relaxed fit. The laces are also designed to be much longer, adding a playful take on its overall proportion.
Spotted on the campaign images starring Kendall Jenner, Stuart Weitzman’s mid-calf version comes in a rugged-yet-refined aesthetic, with a range of unique tonal shades, including this one in cranberry.
Rag & Bone
Fitted with Chelsea-style elasticated side panels, rag & bone’s ‘Shiloh’ combat boots are grounded with a chunky lug sole for a blend of grunge and classic.
Tired of monotone shades? Pierre Hardy inserted art-inspired aesthetics into these ‘Frame’ combat boots, which are outlined with solid black lines reminiscent of Frank Stella’s painting of the Byzantine stained glass.
When discussing grunge boots, how can we not mention Dr. Martens? This 1460 8 Eye version is derived from the brand’s most recognisable design, and features an eight-eyelet lacing, ridged PVC outsole, extra-large pull-on loop, and of course, the yellow stitch detail.
Nothing is ever too much at Gucci. The brand has launched its take on combat boots covered in GG tweed, topped off with lug soled heels, gold-toned eyelets and the brand’s iconic green and red Web straps for an over-the-top and ladylike approach.
Crafted in leather and suede, Roger Vivier elevated their boots with signature buckles in dazzling rhinestones, resulting in the signature bold yet elegant femininity the brand is best known for.