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26 Wardrobe Staples You Should Consider Adding To Your Closet

Shoes and clothing basics that are all classics for a reason — you'll find yourself reaching for these again and again (and again and again and again).

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We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about their favorite wardrobe staples they wear again and again. Here are the stylish and reliable results:

1. A chambray shirt you can tuck into a formal skirt, wear over leggings, or tie around your waist — you'll make everyone think you model for J. Crew.

"I wear mine on a weekly basis. I can dress it up, keep it casual, wear it with leggings, buttoned up, unbuttoned over a top or dress, and so on. I literally wear it all year round because of its versatility!" —samanthar4a383b0f7Get it from J. Crew for $59.50 (originally $78; available in sizes 00-20 and petite sizes 00-12).
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"I wear mine on a weekly basis. I can dress it up, keep it casual, wear it with leggings, buttoned up, unbuttoned over a top or dress, and so on. I literally wear it all year round because of its versatility!" —samanthar4a383b0f7

Get it from J. Crew for $59.50 (originally $78; available in sizes 00-20 and petite sizes 00-12).

2. A pair of Doc Martens that'll be totally worth the break-in period. Once they mold to your feet you're going to neglect ALL your other shoes. Sorry ballet flats!

“I wear them with almost any outfit at the moment. They’re super durable and go with almost everything. AND I feel supes cool in them” —Jen Tonti"A pair of black leather boots (I love my Doc Marten's) will instantly make any outfit look put together. This goes for everything from a floral dress to your go-to jeans and a tee, and no matter how rushed you are to get dressed, it's always fast." —katie10925Get them from Zappos for $139.95 (available in sizes 5–11 and two colors).
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“I wear them with almost any outfit at the moment. They’re super durable and go with almost everything. AND I feel supes cool in them” —Jen Tonti

"A pair of black leather boots (I love my Doc Marten's) will instantly make any outfit look put together. This goes for everything from a floral dress to your go-to jeans and a tee, and no matter how rushed you are to get dressed, it's always fast." —katie10925

Get them from Zappos for $139.95 (available in sizes 5–11 and two colors).

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3. High-waisted black jeans to give any outfit a bit of edge, without losing the comfort factor.

"They can be dressed down for a casual day running errands with a flannel and Birkenstocks or dressed up for a night on the town with a nice blouse and some heels." —lilag4cbae5508Get these high-waisted skinny jeggings from American Eagle for $54.95 (available in sizes 00–20, short regular, and long). On a personal note, I am *super* obsessed with these — they are the PERFECT JEANS! You can check out my full review (it's #9), for all the deets!
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"They can be dressed down for a casual day running errands with a flannel and Birkenstocks or dressed up for a night on the town with a nice blouse and some heels." —lilag4cbae5508

Get these high-waisted skinny jeggings from American Eagle for $54.95 (available in sizes 00–20, short regular, and long). On a personal note, I am *super* obsessed with these — they are the PERFECT JEANS! You can check out my full review (it's #9), for all the deets!

4. A silky scarf for wearing all year around; tie it around your neck to protect you from a blast of winter air or use it as an elegant wrap over a sundress when the warm summer day turns to a chillier evening.

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"Long, square, or rectangular. It looks good to add a sharp color to this outfit. Bonus to place the scarf in front of my neck when I drive to protect my skin from the sun." —leekuhl

Get these solid-color pashminas from Amazon for $10.99 each (available in 43 colors!!!!).

5. A pair of Addidas sneaks you can lit'rally wear with everything — we're talking jeans, leggings, dresses, shorts; this is a 24/7/365 kind of shoe.

"I can make a super casual outfit with jeans and a t-shirt, a sporty outfit with workout leggings and a tank top, or a semi-dressy outfit with a skirt and a nice top! Honestly these shoes are great with anything, and comfy to walk in, too, especially if you get the ones with memory foam soles!" —shadeofblueGet the classic Adidas Superstars from Nordstrom for $79.95+ (available in women's sizes 5–11, men's sizes 4–10 and nine styles) and the Adidas Cloudfoam Advantage sneakers from Nordstrom Rack for $49.97.
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"I can make a super casual outfit with jeans and a t-shirt, a sporty outfit with workout leggings and a tank top, or a semi-dressy outfit with a skirt and a nice top! Honestly these shoes are great with anything, and comfy to walk in, too, especially if you get the ones with memory foam soles!" —shadeofblue

Get the classic Adidas Superstars from Nordstrom for $79.95+ (available in women's sizes 5–11, men's sizes 4–10 and nine styles) and the Adidas Cloudfoam Advantage sneakers from Nordstrom Rack for $49.97.

6. A classic black leather (or faux leather!) jacket, because if you don't have a moto style option to throw on before running out the door, what are you even doing?

"It fancies up any outfit I put on. I had mine for about three years." —carlaw41d0d84b1Get this plus-size faux leather Levi's jacket from Nordstrom for $118 (available in sizes 1X–3X and three colors) or in straight sizes for $98 (available in sizes XS–L and three colors).
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"It fancies up any outfit I put on. I had mine for about three years." —carlaw41d0d84b1

Get this plus-size faux leather Levi's jacket from Nordstrom for $118 (available in sizes 1X–3X and three colors) or in straight sizes for $98 (available in sizes XS–L and three colors).

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7. A just-stretchy-enough sheath dress that'll solve those last-minute "what do I wear" woes — zero extra effort required.

"I bought several when I saw them, and they’re so versatile. You can wear them alone with flip flops, or dress them up with something over it and nicer shoes." —kellyb4008c2352Get the sleeveless sheath dress pictured here from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 10 patterns).
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"I bought several when I saw them, and they’re so versatile. You can wear them alone with flip flops, or dress them up with something over it and nicer shoes." —kellyb4008c2352

Get the sleeveless sheath dress pictured here from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 10 patterns).

8. A super-soft flannel button down, because you deserve to look like a street style blogger AND stay comfy AF.

"I love my flannels! I always have one to throw over a t-shirt to keep me warm. The cool thing about them is that they come in so many colors, they go with everything!" —bookpianistGet it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and five colors) or a similar flannel from Walmart for $25.22+.
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"I love my flannels! I always have one to throw over a t-shirt to keep me warm. The cool thing about them is that they come in so many colors, they go with everything!" —bookpianist

Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and five colors) or a similar flannel from Walmart for $25.22+.

9. Fabric-and-leather Oxfords for a dash of vintage-y style that'll ~lace up~ the perfect outfit.

"ModCloth's Reading Room Romance Oxfords! They are so, so comfortable (and I'm never comfortable, so that's saying something), go with just about everything, and are adoooooorable. Every time I wear them I get compliments. Plus, they're the kind of shoes that look as good well-loved as they do right out of the box, so they're still amazing when the toes cease!" —zvarriGet them from ModCloth for $39 (available in sizes 5.5–11).
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"ModCloth's Reading Room Romance Oxfords! They are so, so comfortable (and I'm never comfortable, so that's saying something), go with just about everything, and are adoooooorable. Every time I wear them I get compliments. Plus, they're the kind of shoes that look as good well-loved as they do right out of the box, so they're still amazing when the toes cease!" —zvarri

Get them from ModCloth for $39 (available in sizes 5.5–11).

10. A pair of William Rast skinny jeans that'll inspire you to say "I Dream of Jean-ie" — they're called the "perfect" jean for a reason.

"They are stretchy and comfortable and hit in all the right places (they make the booty look GUD). Not to mention Justin Timberlake is part owner." —jessicak43ae6c847Get them from Amazon for $35+ (available in sizes 24–32 and nine washes/styles).
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"They are stretchy and comfortable and hit in all the right places (they make the booty look GUD). Not to mention Justin Timberlake is part owner." —jessicak43ae6c847

Get them from Amazon for $35+ (available in sizes 24–32 and nine washes/styles).

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11. Black (or whatever color your heart desires) Lululemon leggings you'll be happy you splurged when you wear them for the 248th time.

"You can never go wrong with them. They hug all the right places and look very flattering. And you can dress them up, dress them down, chill out in them, and work out with them on. They’re just a versatile clothing item." —mullinrockGet them from Lululemon for $98 (available in sizes 0–14 and 17 colors and patterns).
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"You can never go wrong with them. They hug all the right places and look very flattering. And you can dress them up, dress them down, chill out in them, and work out with them on. They’re just a versatile clothing item." —mullinrock

Get them from Lululemon for $98 (available in sizes 0–14 and 17 colors and patterns).

12. A breezy, patterned duster that'll be the clothing equivalent of sprinkles on an ice cream cone. Once you have it, you can never go back to life without.

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"I pair them with a black t shirt, jeans and black flats and I’m good to go! They are casual, cute and perfect for work!" —sydneym43bed1594

Get these ones from Amazon: the left for $7.99+ (available in sizes S–5X and 16 patterns) and the right for $15.99+ (one size, available in five patterns).

13. An A-line mini skirt complete with pockets and button detailing for an on-trend look that's still nice and casual.

"It's my absolute favorite mini skirt that is so cute and can be worn all the time! Nothing makes me happier or feel chic-er than wearing this on dates. —fabubevGet it from Urban Outfitters for $59 (available in sizes XS–XL and in black).
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"It's my absolute favorite mini skirt that is so cute and can be worn all the time! Nothing makes me happier or feel chic-er than wearing this on dates. —fabubev

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $59 (available in sizes XS–XL and in black).

14. A go-to pair of Converse All Stars (aka Chuck Taylors) that'll make perfect all-day every day shoes — whether you're going to school, out shopping, on vacation, to the prom, or like... on your wedding day, you'll reach for these.

"In black, white or gray. They look good with basically anything." —erikat4d83873e2"I’m always sure to have a pair of white sneakers in my shoe collection. My favorites tend to be either Converse Chuck Taylors, or a classic slip on pair of Vans. They can be super casual with a pair of skinny jeans and a leather moto jacket, or worn with skinny pants and a blazer for a more dressed up vibe."—joannem4bf1d65ee"They come in every color of the rainbow and work with EVERYthing. I wear them with dresses, jeans, slacks, I even wore them to my wedding. I don't care what anyone says, there is nothing else that I ever want on my feet."—n44786cbf9Get a pair of classic All Stars from Amazon for $16.74+ (available in women's sizes 5–13.5, men's sizes 3–13 and 38 colors and patterns).
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"In black, white or gray. They look good with basically anything." —erikat4d83873e2

"I’m always sure to have a pair of white sneakers in my shoe collection. My favorites tend to be either Converse Chuck Taylors, or a classic slip on pair of Vans. They can be super casual with a pair of skinny jeans and a leather moto jacket, or worn with skinny pants and a blazer for a more dressed up vibe."

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"They come in every color of the rainbow and work with EVERYthing. I wear them with dresses, jeans, slacks, I even wore them to my wedding. I don't care what anyone says, there is nothing else that I ever want on my feet."

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Get a pair of classic All Stars from Amazon for $16.74+ (available in women's sizes 5–13.5, men's sizes 3–13 and 38 colors and patterns).

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15. A cardigan for anyone who is always cold. Shivering in your office? Move over, work spouse! This'll be your new BFF.

"A black cardigan goes a long way. You can pretty much throw it over any outfit to chic it up a bit." —naadhirah"I have a lot of cardigans. I've been told that they're for 'old people,' but if thats the case, then 'old people' are more fashionable than what you give them credit for. They're comfortable and can be worn in both cold and hot weather and they're easy to style with all kinds of outfits. I have several different colors and styles, so and they're very versatile." —anatwins66Get this one from Target for $24.99 (available in sizes X–4X and four colors). You can also get a similar straight size cardigan for $22.99 (available in sizes XS–XXL and four colors).
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"A black cardigan goes a long way. You can pretty much throw it over any outfit to chic it up a bit." —naadhirah

"I have a lot of cardigans. I've been told that they're for 'old people,' but if thats the case, then 'old people' are more fashionable than what you give them credit for. They're comfortable and can be worn in both cold and hot weather and they're easy to style with all kinds of outfits. I have several different colors and styles, so and they're very versatile." —anatwins66

Get this one from Target for $24.99 (available in sizes X–4X and four colors). You can also get a similar straight size cardigan for $22.99 (available in sizes XS–XXL and four colors).

16. A pair of pretty pearl studs to class up any outfit — perfect for when you get that last-minute invite to a dinner or party!

"No, not real pearls (unless a special occasion arises), but the ones you can get at stores like Forever 21." —megs5280Get these pretty rhinestone-and-pearl ear jackets from Forever 21 for $4.90.
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"No, not real pearls (unless a special occasion arises), but the ones you can get at stores like Forever 21." —megs5280

Get these pretty rhinestone-and-pearl ear jackets from Forever 21 for $4.90.

17. Colorful (and comfortable!) Birkenstocks that'll prove being fashionable doesn't have to mean ruining your poor feet.

"I live in Florida so I can wear them even in winter and they offer sweet relief of the summer heat." —zubylee1"Words cannot describe how comfortable they are (once you break them in!) I can't go back to regular sandals ever again. They're not just the old buckle style anymore either - I've got my eye on a pair of the Granada style ones for this summer." —viciousxvenomGet these affordable and colorful Birkenstock Arizona slides from Nordstrom for $39.95 (available in sizes 5–10 and eight colors).
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"I live in Florida so I can wear them even in winter and they offer sweet relief of the summer heat." —zubylee1

"Words cannot describe how comfortable they are (once you break them in!) I can't go back to regular sandals ever again. They're not just the old buckle style anymore either - I've got my eye on a pair of the Granada style ones for this summer." —viciousxvenom

Get these affordable and colorful Birkenstock Arizona slides from Nordstrom for $39.95 (available in sizes 5–10 and eight colors).

18. An oversized denim jacket for easy-breezy layering. Wear it over a hoodie in the colder spring months, pop it over your bathing suit when the wind suddenly kicks up at the beach, or wear it under your winter coat for added protection against the cold.

"A good, solid, jean jacket. You can dress it up and down. It’ll keep you warm while also being able to soften your look or edge it out. Along with that fact that it’s so good for layering, it can go under an outer coat during the winter or work on it’s own as a single jacket on a brisk summer night." —heatherm4ac5673c7"You can absolutely never go wrong with a jean jacket. It's perfect for when you wanna dress down your outfit and be casual and it's also a must have for me during the spring time for me but you can always make it work no matter what season it is." —alinah4519ccf7bGet this boyfriend-fit denim jacket from American Eagle for $69.95 (available in sizes XXS–XXL.
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"A good, solid, jean jacket. You can dress it up and down. It’ll keep you warm while also being able to soften your look or edge it out. Along with that fact that it’s so good for layering, it can go under an outer coat during the winter or work on it’s own as a single jacket on a brisk summer night." —heatherm4ac5673c7

"You can absolutely never go wrong with a jean jacket. It's perfect for when you wanna dress down your outfit and be casual and it's also a must have for me during the spring time for me but you can always make it work no matter what season it is." —alinah4519ccf7b

Get this boyfriend-fit denim jacket from American Eagle for $69.95 (available in sizes XXS–XXL.

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19. A fun pair of Chelsea boots so you can easily add a dose of color, pattern, or shine to your all-black outfit.

"These make it look like you put a lot of thought into your look, with minimal effort." —strangerthanitseemsGet these metallic Chelsea boots from Free People for $29.95 (originally $98; available in sizes 36–40).
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"These make it look like you put a lot of thought into your look, with minimal effort." —strangerthanitseems

Get these metallic Chelsea boots from Free People for $29.95 (originally $98; available in sizes 36–40).

20. A pack of slim-cut crewneck tees, because they're a basic you never ever ever want to run out of.

"A comfortable, solid color t shirt that looks good on you and you feel good in. Wear it with jeans, leggings, a skirt, converse, whatever." —springgrrlGet a four-pack of these crew-neck tees from Amazon for $26.99 (available sizes S–XL and eight color packs).
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"A comfortable, solid color t shirt that looks good on you and you feel good in. Wear it with jeans, leggings, a skirt, converse, whatever." —springgrrl

Get a four-pack of these crew-neck tees from Amazon for $26.99 (available sizes S–XL and eight color packs).

21. Vans Old Skool sneakers for a look that's as classic as the hit song "Sk8r Boy."

"Go with everything and are so amazing they’ll be your go to shoe. I’ve had mine for five years and they are still in mint condition!" —qweenafGet them from Urban Outfitters or Zappos for $59.95 (available in men's sizes 3.5–16 and women's sizes 5–14.5).
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"Go with everything and are so amazing they’ll be your go to shoe. I’ve had mine for five years and they are still in mint condition!" —qweenaf

Get them from Urban Outfitters or Zappos for $59.95 (available in men's sizes 3.5–16 and women's sizes 5–14.5).

22. A longline blazer you can wear over leggings for those days you seriously just can't put on real pants but still want to look put-together.

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"Blazers! For work, obviously, but they can also dress anything up. Need to polish your look? Blazer. Look effortlessly cool? Blazer." —reezee1018

Get these cute options from Forever 21: the houndstooth blazer for $26.53 (originally $37.90; available in sizes 0X–3X) and the black, open-front blazer for $14 (originally $27.90; available in sizes 4–12).

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23. Rubber flats you can wear any day, come rain or shine. Shhh! don't tell anyone, but these are actually Crocs!

"Now don't knock it til you try it, but my closet staple is black flats...the Crocs kind. Oh my gosh, they are AMAZING. They're Crocs, so they have holes in them, but other than that and being rubber, they pass for plain black flats. Not only are they comfortable, but you can wear them rain or shine! No wet feet all day long in these babies, just wipe them off with a paper towel! I will recommend these shoes to everyone I know!" —songsingsitselfGet them from Zappos for $30.99 (originally $35; available in sizes 4–10) or Amazon for $15.54+ (available in sizes 4–11 and nine colors).
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"Now don't knock it til you try it, but my closet staple is black flats...the Crocs kind. Oh my gosh, they are AMAZING. They're Crocs, so they have holes in them, but other than that and being rubber, they pass for plain black flats. Not only are they comfortable, but you can wear them rain or shine! No wet feet all day long in these babies, just wipe them off with a paper towel! I will recommend these shoes to everyone I know!" —songsingsitself

Get them from Zappos for $30.99 (originally $35; available in sizes 4–10) or Amazon for $15.54+ (available in sizes 4–11 and nine colors).

24. A pair of versatile, cinched-at-the-waist mom jeans. They make every single butt look and feel amazing — no ifs, ands, or *buts* about it!

"Two words. Mom. Jeans. Best style of jeans ever created. Moms are never wrong. They are so comfortable and they do amazing things for your butt. My butt has never looked better than in a good ol' pair of mom jeans. Need another reason to go get some right now? They are incredibly versatile. Going out? Mom jeans and a crop top. Staying in? Mom jeans and a big sweatshirt. Going on a date? Mom jeans and a cute top. Going to see your mom? Mom jeans and a sweater, and throw in some flowers just because she’s probably amazing." —marissamariew"Mom jeans and a belt they make everyone’s butt look good!" —carolines421437045"Very simple, nothing extravagant. They can be dressed up or down. They can be classy or more casual. Very comfortable for everyday without giving the i-slept-for-3-hours-last-night vibe. The compliment all bodies and they are super fashionable. I love to wear them with shirts and over-sized t-shirts but everything works with them, really." —altheodGet these BDG Mom Jeans from Urban Outfitters for $59 (available in sizes 24–34).
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"Two words. Mom. Jeans. Best style of jeans ever created. Moms are never wrong. They are so comfortable and they do amazing things for your butt. My butt has never looked better than in a good ol' pair of mom jeans. Need another reason to go get some right now? They are incredibly versatile. Going out? Mom jeans and a crop top. Staying in? Mom jeans and a big sweatshirt. Going on a date? Mom jeans and a cute top. Going to see your mom? Mom jeans and a sweater, and throw in some flowers just because she’s probably amazing." —marissamariew

"Mom jeans and a belt they make everyone’s butt look good!" —carolines421437045

"Very simple, nothing extravagant. They can be dressed up or down. They can be classy or more casual. Very comfortable for everyday without giving the i-slept-for-3-hours-last-night vibe. The compliment all bodies and they are super fashionable. I love to wear them with shirts and over-sized t-shirts but everything works with them, really." —altheod

Get these BDG Mom Jeans from Urban Outfitters for $59 (available in sizes 24–34).

25. A band tee to represent your musical taste, because you don't *always* want to just rock the solid colors.

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"My staple is band tees. I can put them under a suit jacket, dress them up with nice jeans/heels, or go work out." —anastasian497a9dde1

Get these two from Amazon: the Rolling Stones one for $10.79+ and the Bowie one for $17.95.

26. And a pair of Steve Madden combat boots that, like Monica, Rachel, Chandler, etc., will be there for you when the rain starts to pour.

"I've been buying a pair of the Steve Madden Troopa boot every year or so for at least the last seven or eight years. It's a solid, lightweight combat boot that I can wear from fall through spring, with everything from jeans to work-appropriate dresses — and I do! Seriously, I probably wear these an average of three times a week on any given week from September through May; the combat boot is a classic shoe for a reason. Plus, I love that these have a zipper on the side so you don't have to deal with lacing 'em up every time you put them on!" —Emmy FavillaGet them from Zappos for $79.95 (available in sizes 5.5–10 and two colors).
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"I've been buying a pair of the Steve Madden Troopa boot every year or so for at least the last seven or eight years. It's a solid, lightweight combat boot that I can wear from fall through spring, with everything from jeans to work-appropriate dresses — and I do! Seriously, I probably wear these an average of three times a week on any given week from September through May; the combat boot is a classic shoe for a reason. Plus, I love that these have a zipper on the side so you don't have to deal with lacing 'em up every time you put them on!" —Emmy Favilla

Get them from Zappos for $79.95 (available in sizes 5.5–10 and two colors).

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