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A quick scroll through your favorite influencers' Instagram feeds and you'll likely notice a little something: A pair of Dr. Martens being used to complete a variety of different outfits. While those classic black boots are nothing new (they've actually been around since the 1940s!), they've definitely seen a resurgence in 2021, as fashion lovers lean more toward comfortable-cool, lug-soled shoes instead of high heels and complicated strappy styles.
As it turns out, those bulky combat boots are way more versatile than we originally thought. While often associated more with the grunge aesthetic, Dr. Martens outfit ideas have proven to be endless, and fans of the shoe have styled them with everything from comfy leggings to tight mini dresses. In many instances, they can even be worn in place of a simple, go-to sneaker, providing that same relaxed feel, but creating an even bigger statement.
Check out a few outfits that we feel look 10 times better with a pair of Dr. Martens — specifically, the platform Jadon and 1460 Pascal boots — then, invest in your own pair, which will likely stay in your rotation for years to come.
With Blue Jeans
Add some flair and spice up your well-worn basics by incorporating these chunky, eye-catching shoes into your look.
With Black Jeans
Just like your favorite black booties, traditional Dr. Martens will blend right into your neutral-colored outfits. However, if you're searching for a pop of something special, swap out the laces for a colorful alternative, or invest in a pair of 1940s Pascal Atlas boots, which feature bright yellow details.
With a Maxi Dress
The rugged, bulky nature of these boots will offset any ruffles or floral patterns, giving fancier designs a more subtle, dressed-down spin.
With a Mini Dress
While night-out looks are often completed with mules or stilettos, Dr. Martens give things an easier, edgier feel while still providing a little bit of height.
We'll always love our slipper-like UGGs, but there's just something about those timeless black combat boots that turn loungewear in a sleeker, more intentional, and put-together ensemble.
Go full '90s grunge by styling your boots and leggings with an oversized flannel. It's an easy and comfy outfit idea that doesn't feel boring or lazy.
Work pants are happening again, but if you're still stumped for how to style them in a way that's not too stuffy or office-appropriate, slip your feet into Dr. Martens, which will give things a casual spin.
Sandals may be the shoe of the summer, but don't forget that this footwear option is acceptable year-round. Dr. Martens are just as classic as your favorite denim cutoffs and graphic tees, which is probably why those pieces look so darn good together on warm days.
With a Skirt
If your goal is to keep that schoolcore combo from feeling too preppy, throw on a pair of Dr. Martens boots with some long white socks. It's slightly unexpected when styled with feminine pleated skirts and sweaters, and provides more oomph than simple loafers and white sneakers.
With Dressy Items
Go ahead and experiment by wearing your Dr. Martens with items that seem as if they wouldn't go,' such as structured blazers, polka-dot tights, sequins, or tulle. Opposites tend to attract, especially in the fashion world, and these shoes will provide some balance, toning down those over-the-top elements and making your look work for everyday activities.
With Bright or Pastel Colors
When it comes to black shoes, it's easy to gravitate toward darker or neutral-colored clothing, which seem to easily blend together. However, a pop of something bright will create a fun contrast that will give even the most basic of items a boost.