About Combat Boots
Combat boots are a form of men's footwear that draws it's primary stylistic influence from the standard issue, post-industrial footwear of military forces around the world. Military-standard combat boots are often made of leather and are brown or black in color, though variant colors(such as white or camouflage) exist for extreme climates. Characterized by a higher cut instep, thicker heels, and an extended upper, combat boots are designed to be durable and comfortable for the extended periods of time military engagements can last. Because of their completely utilitarian function and design, military issue combat boots are, in most cases, waterproof and acceptable for year-round wear. Also, owing to their military usage, combat boots are usually fairly standard in their styling within a given branch of the military, though their may be major differences in styles between branches and nations.
In the civilian world, combat boots have found a unique appeal among consumers. As a fashion choice, combat boots will always have a certain appeal that makes them stand out, as opposed to more traditional boots. Especially when compared to more staid and traditional choices in men's footwear, combat boots offer a more bold and confrontational profile. Often seen as the footwear of choice of more fringe elements of society, military issue combat boots can be found for sale in the just about any town or city with a military surplus store. For urban dwellers, the durability and comfort in these boots make them a great investment for the price.
It is not all surprising that in the world of fashion, designers have been implementing subtle touches to the standard combat boot profile to make them more forward thinking, and less uniform. Variation in materials, colors, and profile have all been seen in combat boots from private designers. The adage of "everything old is new again" can be applied here as well, as designers even incorporate combat boot forms from bygone eras into their modern combat boots. Another source of stylistic inspiration seen in fashion combat boots are international armed forces. It is not uncommon to see modern fashion combat boots that are modeled after the styles worn by British soldiers in World War II, for example.
No matter your preference – the simple, no-frills standard issue combat boot found in your local military surplus store, or the high-end designer styling influenced by soldiers of old, combat boots remain a popular choice for consumers of all stripes