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October 16, 2022



As women, we can never have too many shoes, and ankle boots in their various styles are the perfect addition to every wardrobe. These versatile boots can be worn all year round, so they are a great choice for those who are looking for stylish women’s footwear that can be worn with many outfits. Let’s take a look at the most popular types of ankle boots and how to style them throughout the seasons.

The most popular types of ankle boots

This boot style rose to popularity in the early 1800s and today’s ankle boots typically cover the whole foot, with a shaft that cuts off at the ankle or just above. There are so many potential styles available with designers offering everything from versatile black and brown leather to animal prints, studded, embroidered and metallic designs. In modern day, ankle boots in a variety of styles have become a key feature of women’s fashion.

1. Platform boots

Chunky platform ankle boots are very popular now and they will add an edgy look to any outfit. These boots look great when paired with tights, leggings, or skinny jeans, where they can be worn dressed down with a shirt or thick jumper for a relaxed daytime look. The thick sole will carry itself well throughout the seasons, so it can be best to opt for colours and materials that work well with your staple wardrobe. When it comes to women’s footwear trends in the modern age, platform boots are sure making a comeback.

2. Heeled ankle boots

Heeled ankle boots are a great option for nights out, with block heels in particular providing both style and comfort. Whether you are planning a winter date night or a lunch with the girls, heeled ankle boots are available in a range of heel heights and styles, so you can look smart, stylish, and ready for both day and night.

3. Chelsea boots

Chelsea boots were introduced by the famous shoemaker Joseph Sparkes Hall, but it wasn’t until the 1950s and ’60s that these boots found their name when they became very popular in Chelsea, London. Chelsea boots, such as those from iconic heritage brands like Red Wing, are a popular and versatile style of ankle boot that can be worn throughout different seasons of the year. The range of colours and styles means that Chelsea boots can go well with almost any type of outfit.

4. Combat boots

Whether you are looking for practical boots that are perfect for rugged, outdoor work or a stylish boot that adds an understated feel to an outfit, combat boots are a great choice. The boots feature a thick, practical sole which offers excellent grip, and most designs have a lace style that looks great with everything from jeans to delicate dresses.

How best to wear this iconic style of women’s footwear

Thanks to the wide variety of ankle boot styles available, there are many ways to wear ankle boots and whether you are looking for a flattering heel or a comfortable design, there are styles available to suit everyone. It’s always recommended to have a pair of brown, black or tan ankle boots as a staple option, as these neutral colours can be worn with many outfits, and they can also help your style to transition between seasons. Of course, bolder colours, patterns, and detailing look amazing, however, they may not be a versatile choice of women’s footwear to pair with every outfit in your wardrobe.

Various styles of boots and ankle boots are often worn by celebrities on the red carpet or models on the catwalk. With the recent SS23 Show by Alexander McQueen, ankle boots were a stylish accessory that were paired with both trousers and dresses, and detailed embroidery. Chelsea boots were also classed by Vogue recently as one of the iconic styles of shoe that everyone should have in their wardrobe.

Whether you are a fan of simple Chelsea boots or rugged biker boots, ankle boots can be worn with everything from skinny jeans to dresses. Skinny-fit jeans always work well with ankle boots, but if you prefer a bootcut or boyfriend style, a great tip is to roll the bottom up slightly to show off your boots. This is also a great way to show off the detail in your boots, especially if you have chosen a daring pattern or bold colour. If you are pairing your ankle boots with dresses, they look equally stunning both with and without tights, so they can be worn all year round.

The best seasonal ankle boots to wear

As the weather turns colder and wetter, women’s footwear needs to be practical and offer protection from the elements. Ankle boots with an excellent grip are likely to be the best option, so rugged biker boots and chunky platform boots are both ideal. Pairing them with skinny jeans and an oversized jumper or thick black tights and your favourite winter dresses, can help you create a relaxed, warm and comfortable style.

If you can’t bear to part with your favourite boots when the weather improves, you will be pleased to know that it is still possible to wear your ankle boots during spring and summer. There are many styles that incorporate details such as an open-toe or sling-back design, so your feet won’t be completely closed in.

Perhaps in spring or early summer, versatile boots such as Chelsea boots can be worn with lighter clothes. This style of women’s footwear often has a simple design with an elastic panel to the side and a tab at the back to help you pull them on, making them the perfect choice for everything from weekend walks in the park to summer festivals. You could also wear stylish open-ankle boots with a strappy dress and denim jacket, flat boots that are perfect for a relaxing walk or heeled boots are ideal for a summer beer garden.

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