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Boots for Summer? Lily Aldridge, Adut Akech, And More Make the Case

Sandal season is in full force, but some of the most stylish stars are zigging while everyone else is zagging. Instead of the tried-and-true sandal/dress combo, summer dresses and boot outfits have been populating street style images. Turns out, there’s no need to wait until fall to wear those combat boots.

Just a day ago, Lily Aldridge posted a picture on Instagram showing off a beautiful floral Dôen dress and a pair of classic tan suede ankle boots. Fellow model Adut Akech seems to love the contrast, too. Her interpretation of the winning outfit included a red mini dress and Prada’s uber-popular combat boots. And it’s not just the models who are into the dueling look. Katie Holmes and Diane Kruger are also on board. Each lady has a very distinct sense of style, but their looks all prove that summer dresses and boot outfits are a clever alternative when you want to skip open-toe. Read on to see exactly how each star brings the chic pairing to life.

Photo: Courtesy of @LilyAldridge

Lily Aldridge

Give all of your floral dresses a completely new vibe by slipping on a pair of ankle boots just like Aldridge.

Madewell Lucie smocked button-front midi dress



Everlane The Glove boot

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Diane Kruger

Follow Kruger’s lead and give sweet floral dresses a cool-girl twist with a pair of cutout boots.

Reformation Deven floral print mini dress



Chloé Rylee ankle boots


Photo: Courtesy of @AdutAkech

Adut Akech

Toughen up a day-to-night mini dress with a chunky pair of combat boots, similar to Akech’s Prada style.

P.A.R.O.S.H. ruched side dress


Prada mini bag combat boot


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Katie Holmes

Hit refresh on those plaid dresses and anchor them with a great pair of classic brown boots.

A.P.C. Raquel linen shirtdress


Chloé Diane harness leather combat boots

Photo: Getty Images

Kendall Jenner

If anyone can breathe new life into an LBD, it’s Kendall Jenner. Take notes and try styling yours with a western bootie.

Bardot exposed back slipdress



Ganni western leather ankle boots

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Irina Shayk

For maximum coolness, take those monochromatic looks to the next level with a leather-on-leather look.

Nanushka Ernie ruched vegan leather mini dress


Irina Shayk x Tamara Mellon Escape boot