Marie Antoinette is famous for her supposed decadence. Before she was subjected to the guillotine on October 16, 1793 (9 months after her husband, King Louis XVI of France), she was accused of being frivolous, lavish, and immoral.

While she was no angel, much of the disparaging stories written about her are untrue. For example, she never said, “Let them eat cake.” What she did do, however, was coat her elaborate wigs in flour while many of the French people were starving from lack of bread.

One of the more interesting tidbits about Marie Antoinette and the Royal Court at the time has to do with their shoes. Versailles, back in the day, was a filthy lodge, brimming with animals and excrement. Instead of cleaning their shoes and re-wearing them, aristocrats would simply throw them out every couple of days. Marie Antoinette’s brother-in-law, Le Comte d’Artois, ordered 365 sets of shoes every year and simply wore a fresh pair each day. His clothing expenditures far outpaced those of the queen.

In memory of misunderstood Marie Antoinette, I offer a smattering of combat boots fit for a queen who had to walk through a lot of … well, gunk. These boots elevate the style to all new levels. Take a look.

Versace Medusa Medallion Boots. 1,595.00. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.

Versace Medusa Medallion Lace-Up Combat Boots

Gucci Embroidered Platform Hiking Boot. $1290. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.

Embroidered Platform Hiking Boot

Embroidered Platform Hiking Boot

Balmain Calamity Cap-Toe Boot. $1750. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.

 

Calamity Lace-Up Cap-Toe Boots

Moncler’s Patty Lace-Up Suede Boots. $795. http://www.neiman.marcus.com.

Patty Suede Lace-Up Boots

Patty Suede Lace-Up Boots

Chloe Rylee Boots. $2340. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.

Rylee Metal-Heel Lace-Up Combat Boot

Roger Vivier Viv Rangers Strass Boots. $1875. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.

Viv Rangers Strass Lace-Up Booties

Chloe Rylee Boots. $1390. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.

Rylee Lace-Up Box Calf Boot

Rylee Lace-Up Box Calf Boot

Stuart Weiztman Shackelton Suede Boots. $698. http://www.neimanmarcus.com.

Shackleton Suede Combat Boots

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