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.

With Sweats

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.

With Leggings

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.

With Slacks

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.

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