So you bought yourself a gorgeous new pair of ankle boots, but don’t know how to wear them? In this guide, we offer some practical styling tips on how to wear ankle boots with jeans, dresses and skirts… so you’ll never be stuck staring at your wardrobe again!
Why We Love Ankle Boots
Ankle boots are one of the most versatile types of women’s footwear. They go with almost anything, and they can be as classy or as casual as you want them to be. With endless styles to choose from, the sheer versatility of ankle boots makes them one of the best options for everyday wear.
What Are the Different Types of Ankle Boots?The Style & Height Of The Shaft
The shaft refers to the part of the boot that rises above your foot and over your ankle. To make your legs appear more elongated, select a style with a shaft that doesn’t cut off at the widest point of the leg.The Style & Height Of The Heel
For a dressy boot, go for a stiletto or tall heel to create a more polished look. If you’re looking for a comfortable everyday option, we recommend opting for a style with a low or medium block heel.The Type Of Material
A hugely versatile style, ankle boots are available in a wide range of materials. When it comes to durability and style, many prefer leather or suede ankle boots.The Colour
If you want a shade that will go with everything, it’s best to opt for a black, brown, or tan boots. However, nothing says “statement shoes” like a splash of colour!The Shape Of The Toe-Bed
Boots with a round toe-bed tend to offer greater comfort, so they are an ideal choice for everyday wear. For special occasions, why not opt for a boot with a pointed toe? These visually extend the line of your legs and makes them look longer and leaner.Closed Or Open-Toe
Whether you go for an open or closed-toe boot will mostly depend on the weather. Open toe boots are generally better for the warmer months and are an excellent transition piece to bring you from spring into summer.
Ankle Boot Heels: Your Options
- Flat ankle boots are a comfortable and versatile option for everyday wear.
- Wedge heels are generally quite easy to pull off and they can help to elongate the legs if worn right.
- Sleek and sophisticated stiletto heels are a good option for smart or formal occasions.
- Add effortless chic to any ensemble with chunky or block heels . Less wobbly to walk in than stilettos, these are a good option for smart workwear
- Ankle boots with a stacked heel look like they have been made by stacking thin layers of wood or other materials. These are a great option for when you want height, without sacrificing comfort
How To Wear Ankle Boots with Jeans
A classic combination, ankle boots and jeans are a reliable go-to for everyday wear. In particular, fitted styles – such as skinny jeans – are good options as they can tuck nicely into the boot. Just be sure to opt for an ankle boot style with a wide enough shaft to fit the thick jean material. You could also try cuffing the bottom of your jeans and wearing them with a little bit of ankle on show. To make a punky (but cosy) style statement, why not try wearing bunched-up socks in a neutral shade over your jeans.
How To Wear Ankle Boots with A Skirt or a Dress
Short Dresses or Mini Skirts: Punk up a girly mini-skirt with a pair of outdoorsy style leather ankle boots. For a glitzier look, why not go for a pair of stylish high-heeled boots.
Midi Dresses & Skirts: Pair ankle boots with a mid-length hemline for a stylish look that is perfect for those transitional periods between seasons. The secret to successfully pairing ankle boots with midi skirts lies in colour-blocking. If you’re going bare-legged, go for a style that matches the colour of your legs. The same goes for tights – pair black tights with black boots to make the leg appear elongated.
Maxi Dresses & Full-Length Skirts: For a flattering look, wear ankle boots with a skirt that has a hem ending just above the boot. Another good trick to keep your legs from looking short is to pair ankle boots with a maxi dress or skirt that has a slit up the side.