“So for whatever reason (midlife crisis?) I’ve been painfully missing my 90s Doc Martens 8-eye boots,” writes a reader named Sara. She wonders if she should buy herself a black pair, or “is there a more grown-up, chic alternative?” I love the idea of the GOACA army decked out in Docs (and I know that quite a few of you still wear and love them) but the notion of a more polished version also appeals. This suede pair from Vince would look so great with skinny trousers.
Here is a very splurgetastic but also quite chic pair from Ann Demeulemeester that I have lusted after for ages (pretty much every season she does a slightly different version).
The lug soles on this pair would make them great for trekkingin the snow. Also, they’re kind of tough-chick-looking.
A pre-worn option, for those of you who enjoy such things.
I’d love to have the nerve to wear a to-the-kneee lace-up.
This just looks eminently cozy.
The most feminine choice of the bunch, with a nice wedge heel.
I like the ever-so-slightly platform sole here.
These brogue-style boots are actually Doc Martens and I think they’re wonderful.