The right boots transcend time, trends, and places. Getting a solid pair that will last you a long time makes your wardrobe feel like it has a foundation to stand on. And Doc Martens has been providing boots like that for quite some time.

At less than US$150, you can’t go wrong with a classic lace-up combat boot in the most versatile colour possible: a sleek, monotone black. Docs’ 1460 Mono is a boot that goes beyond what any other old shoe in your closet can. Here’s why you should invest in a pair.

They Mold to Your Feet. Doc Martens are the boot version of denim: They are made to form to your body. The first few wears or so might feel tight – be warned – but after that, there is not a single shoe that fits and works with your foot quite like a Doc. They’ll learn the different contours of your feet and ankles, and adjust to the way you move. After a few months of wearing them regularly, they will become a perfect mold of your foot. It’ll be hard to wear shoes that do less.

They’re Made to Last. It’s worth spending the time to break these shoes in because they last forever. This is thanks to three main things: quality leather, a durable sole, and great construction. A lot of fast-fashion shoe companies don’t take the time to put those three elements together, so you’ll only ever really get a shoe that lasts a year or so. These will hold tight to their quality elements. Plus, they look even better once beaten up.

They Work With Any Style. Dr. Martens might have put down roots in rebellious subcultures – think classic punk and metal – but they work with any type of style now. The boots still carry an edge about them, so wearing them with equally edgy outfits, like black jeans and leather jackets, always works. But softening works well, too: pair down the Docs by wearing them with wide-leg trousers and a sweater. They’ll work with you as your style evolves, which is key for long-lasting footwear.