If you’ve been following footwear trends this fall, you know that there are quite a few “trendy shoes” out there right now. Boston Birkenstocks are sold out and leather clogs are back. But if you’ve kept your eyes on the ground, you’ve seen a few commandos. And that’s because there’s one more eye-catching sneaker: Doc Martens.
Doc Martens are nothing new. And while they were popular during the 90s grunge era, they hit the shelves in 1945, the result of a collaboration between Munich soldier Klaus Maertens and mechanical engineer Herbert Funk. Today, celebrities are proving that these shoes can go with anything from sparkly dresses to all-black ensembles.
Helena Christensen and Amber Valletta recently prioritized both comfort and style when they showed up at the Vogue World Show in metallic dresses and boots made for walking. Halsey went a more traditional route, wearing them with black pants and a long-sleeve cropped tee as she strolled through Paris. And Olivia Rodrigo opted for a Hot Topic exclusive look with a black T-shirt, checked micro-mini and Doc Martens. Here’s how to find your own pair of Doc Martens and others that look just like the real deal.
Best Doc Martens (and Dupes) for Fall
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Leather boot Dr. Martens 1460 Crazy Horse, $170 at Urban Outfitters
Dr. leather boots Martens 1460 Crazy Horse, $170 at Urban Outfitters, put a distressed twist on the iconic style. The neutral colored boots, a change from the usual black, are made from a solid oil finished leather that gives them a worn look. Comfortable and practical air-cushioned and non-slip soles are ready for anything. Leather boot Dr. Martens 1460 Crazy Horse$170 at Urban Outfitters
Women’s Molly Fashion Boot Dr. Martens, $150 – $196.51 at Amazon
The Molly Fashion Boot by Dr. Martens for women is a classic document and is currently available in black for $150-$196.51 on Amazon. The double-height commando sole is kind of a nod to the platform trend we’re seeing this fall. Meanwhile, oversized laces and visible stitching keep the boots from looking white. The shoes have earned 4.7 stars out of five on Amazon, and Docs enthusiasts say the durability is on par with the brand and the style made it a unique addition to their collections. Molly fashion boot by Dr. Martens for women$150-$196.51 on Amazon
Chelsea boot 2976 Leonore by Dr. Martens Women’s, $151.19 – $179.99 at Amazon
Chelsea boots Dr. Martens 2967 Leonore, available for $151.19 to $179.99 on Amazon, keep your toes toasty even on days when Jack Frost bites your nose thanks to a faux fur lining that’s only visible on the ankle The spikeless style makes them easy to slip on when you’re in a hurry. More than 3,000 previous buyers have given the boot 4.8 stars on Amazon, calling them “perfect” and saying they felt broken in the moment they first put them on. Dr. AS Boot Chelsea Martens 2967 Leonore$151.19-$179.99 on Amazon
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Polley Dr. non-slip service shoes. Martens Women’s, $129.95 – $140.00 at Amazon
While Doc boots are the go-to, it’s possible to dip your toes into the trend in shoe form with the Dr. Polley slip-on shoes. Martens, currently $129.95-$140 on Amazon. The Docs offer a similar rugged style, but the Mary Jane design sweetens them up a bit. It pairs perfectly with black trousers, Rodrigo-style micro-minis and trendy wide-leg jeans. Polley anti-slip slippers by Dr. Martens for women$129.95-$140 on Amazon
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Manolo Blahnik Lugata Leather Combat Boots, $1,075 at Neiman Marcus
A commanding choice that would make Carrie Bradshaw proud, the Manolo Blahnik Lugata leather combat boots are an investment piece at $1,075 at Neiman Marcus. But they are a boot you can live with during the cool weather months. The durable leather material is built to last, while the side zip and laces are fitted to ensure they stay put. Manolo Blahnik Lugata leather combat boots$1,075 at Neiman Marcus
Hunter Insulated Waterproof Recycled Command Boot, $175 at Nordstrom
Hunter is better known for its tall black rain boots than Commandos, but the brand’s waterproof and insulated recycled Commando boots are striking a chord with Nordstrom customers. Priced at $175, the boots have a cozy faux leather interior and a functional and fashionable outer flap. The waterproof exterior proves the show doesn’t just look rugged, while the lace-up style is similar to many of the documents the stars wear. Hunter insulated and waterproof recycled command boots$175 at Nordstrom
Madden Girl Carra Lace-Up Combat Boots, originally $79, now $55.40 at Macy’s
The Madden Girl Carra Lace-Up Lug Sole Combat Boots, originally $79 but marked down to $55.40 at Macy’s, are available in six colors. But the whites justify a double take. While you might want to avoid stepping out in them when the snow melts muddying the ground, the crisp hue is a fun twist on combat boots. The chunky black platform sole will give you a literal, stylish boost. Madden Girl Carra Lace Up Sole Combat Boots$55.40 macy’s
Women’s Belle Chelsea Ankle Boots – A New Day™, $37.99 at Target
The Women’s Belle Chelsea Boots, set for $37.99 at Target, offer an almost identical look to the Docs for over $120 less. The back tab and lace-up style make it easy to slip them on and be on your way. Previous buyers have given them 4.2 out of five stars, saying they feel as comfortable as a real Doc. Women’s Belle Chelsea Boots, $37.99 at Target
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ASOS RAID Missellie chunky ankle boots with zip in black, originally $70, now $49
The ASOS RAID Missellie Zip Up Chunky Ankle Boots in Black, currently on sale for $49, 30% off, feature a zip front closure that sets them apart. The chunky sole gives them longevity and the ankle height gives them versatility. Let your socks reach your ankles, tuck them into baggy jeans over your boots, or wear them under a skirt on an unseasonably warm afternoon. ASOS RAID Missellie chunky ankle boots with zip in black$49 at ASOS
No Boundaries Women’s Combat Boots, $27.98 at Walmart
The No Boundaries Women’s Combat Boots, available for $27.98 at Walmart, come in a variety of great colors. In addition to the traditional black, the lace-up boots come in white, olive green and a beautiful floral print that adds an element of surprise. Previous buyers gave it 4.2 out of five stars for its quality, price and casual-cool style. Combat boots for women without limits$27.98 at Walmart