10 Great Ankle Boots for Every Style

10 Great Ankle Boots for Every Style

Fall means boots. Here’s your ultimate guide to 10 ankle boots for your autumn style.

By: Tamar Anitai

Ankle boots are an easy, on-trend way to complete any look, from eager exec to rebellious rocker. But the sheer variety of ankle boots can be enough to trip you up. Here’s a must-read guide to help you figure out exactly which type of ankle boots go with your own personal style, as well as with what you’ve already got in your closet.

1. Chukka Boots
Perfect for: Modern Boho
Born in the Second World War and popularized in the ’60s as a desert boot incarnation, chukkas are getting a modern millennial update with a chunky wedge. Pair a chukka wedge with slim olive or navy khakis, or dark flat-front trousers for a polished boho look.

2. Dressy Velvet Boots
Perfect for: Flirty Romantic
Crushed velvet platform booties are fun, party-approved and add flair to a dark silk blouse and black pants, or pantsuit or sweater dress. And styles with an open toe can add some subtle appeal. Wear them confidently and get ready to field “OMG-where’d-you-get-those?” queries all night.

3. Motorcycle Boots
Perfect for: Casual Cool
A harness motorcycle boot is the little black dress of ankle booties — they never go out of style, and they’re appropriate in almost any sartorial situation. Toughen up a girlie floral dress or pair with skinny jeans, a comfy T-shirt and pile on the accessories for an easy wherever, wear-ever weekend look.

4. Platform Boots
Perfect for: Edgy Bold
Wood block-heeled platform ankle boots are a bootie staple — they’re absolutely everywhere. Pick up a floral tapestry, splatter paint, tie dye or faux snakeskin for the ultimate stompy statement shoe. Too intimidated to make that much noise? Start with a pair in versatile black leather and warm up to a metallic-inspired style. Wear with a flouncy skirt or leather leggings and an oversized denim button-down shirt.


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5. Animal Print Boots
Perfect for: Edgy Bold
Leopards and cheetahs have all the fun. What’s up with that? Faux animal-print ankle boots pay tribute to a firehouse’s favorite friend. Style these booties with black cigarette pants or dark indigo skinny jeans and a black blazer, or boyfriend jeans and a slouchy scarf.

6. Oxford Boots
Perfect for: Classic Tailored
Oxford booties are having a major moment. The key to wearing them is picking a pair in a dark, stormy shade like black, brown, gray or navy. Wear them with wide-legged wool pants for a femme-in-menswear look, or style with a fitted top and monochromatic dark tights and pencil skirt.

7. Metallic Boots
Perfect for: Edgy Bold
Silver metallic booties are storming their way back from the ’70s and hitting the streets again, making their way onto the pages of magazines and fashion blogs. They look best with a black leather motorcycle jacket and a mismatched-on-purpose glam-rock/street-punk ensemble — and plenty of accessories.

8. Hiking Meets Heels
Perfect for: Classic Tailored
No longer just for muddy romps or uphill climbs, hiking boots have gotten a fashion lift and an ankle-boot makeover. Hiking-style ankle boots work with everything from a preppy puffy down vest to a paper-thin leather jacket to a voluminous faux fur coat. Keep it simple and unadorned in buttery brown leathers.

9. Brocade Boots
Perfect for: Flirty Romantic
What’s more romantic than a brocade bootie? Brocade booties are like a modern-day footwear period piece. They’re anything but casual, totally textured and add intrigue to a fall-friendly dress or on-trend silky pajama pants. Or wear them with gray skinny jeans to amplify and accentuate a monochromatic look from the waist down.

10. Suede Booties
Perfect for: Edgy Bold
Suede ankle boots are the most versatile of the bootie bunch. They’re capable of standing alone with a shirtdress, perfecting a neutral-neon color-blocked look or complementing plaid. Plus, they go with anything and everything animal print.

Tamar is a New York music and pop culture maven, a fashion and beauty writer and managing editor of MTV’s website. She can be found on FashionBinge, where she posts up the latest accessories and shoes that have caught her attention.

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