They're on trend for fall and practical to boot (pun fully intended).
When you're in a crowded area like a bar or attending an event, keeping your valuables safe and on hand is always a low-grade concern — one that's even more amplified when you’re traveling. Have you ever gotten back to your Airbnb apartment after a night out but you can't seem to find your key? Or arrived at a music festival or a train station only to realize your ticket is somehow no longer in your bag?
Enter: these clever combat boots. They're designed with zippered pockets built into the interior. And you can buy them on Amazon, starting at just $13 a pair.
In the boot's upper, there’s a hidden 3-inch by 3.5-inch pocket where you can store your keys, cash, cards, earbuds, medication, and anything else you want to keep secure but don’t have the pocket space for elsewhere.
One of the pairs on Amazon has more than 3,000 customer reviews that vouch for the ingenuity and fit. A reviewer who purchased a pair in chocolate brown wrote, “I'm very, very sorry I put these boots on directly out of the box as soon as they came to my house because I am never taking them off ever again. Everything about them is absolutely perfect.”
Secret pockets aside, combat boots are an easy win when it comes to style versatility. They’re a natural fit with skinny jeans and a leather bomber jacket — Emma Watson’s a fan of that particular look — but they can also lend an edge to flirty floral dresses or give denim shorts and a tucked-in T-shirt the model-off-duty treatment. They even work with black leggings and a slouchy sweater for the flight back home.
They’ve got heavy-duty vegan leather uppers, slip-resistant rubber soles, and padded insole cushions: all the makings of the ideal travel shoe at a reasonable price point. As is often the case with Amazon, the boots come in plenty of color variations, though a neutral may be the way to go if you’re hoping to pair them with several different outfits when packing.
Of course, they’re not intended to be worn hiking or in place of technical footwear designed to take on trails. But for a weeklong trip to a city where your itinerary is more focused on nightlife than wildlife, they’re a perfect fit.
DailyShoes Lace-up Combat Boots
To buy: amazon.com, from $18
Beston Quilted Ankle Booties
To buy: amazon.com, from $16
DailyShoes Quilted Military Boots
To buy: amazon.com, from $13