10 best ankle boots
Step into the new season with a fresh take on a wardrobe staple
The first few weeks of autumn are full of excitement – going back to school, unpacking your coats and jackets, the return of pumpkin spice – but for every shoe addict, the highlight is the opportunity to unashamedly slip back into ankle boots until the sun decides to return.
Thankfully, fashion seems to agree this year. The catwalks of autumn/winter 2018 were alight with ankle boots. Whether plain, bright, high or low, we have officially turned our backs on the over-the-knee trend and embraced an autumn classic.
Although your classic black ankle boots will never go out of style, this season has seen bolder prints and colours return to stores. No matter your preference, we’ve scoured the high street for the best pairs to see you through the season.
And Other Stories Patent Square Toe Ankle Boots: £85, And Other Stories
Swedish brand And Other Stories releases a flood of enviable boots every season. Our current favourite takes its cues from the croc-effect trend, pairing a classic, square-toe silhouette with a seasonal red shade.
The boots are made up of 100 per cent calf leather, which may be a deterrent to some and does make them a little tight for the first few wears. However, like all of And Other Stories products, these shoes are made to last and once worn in will be your most comfortable pair for seasons to come.
Calvin Klein Sharla Boots: £165, ASOS
This was the highest pair of ankle boots we tested, but our tester found them just as comfortable as the flattest. For those looking to add some cold-weather practicality to their footwear, the Sharla boots are thickly padded and have a track sole.
The glossy, patent finish and monogrammed front are striking features that add something different to a pair of black boots. Like all leather accessories, they do require extra upkeep to avoid scuffs, but don’t let that put you off – when cared for properly, these boots will be a long-term transitional piece in your wardrobe.
Stradivarius Animal Print Ankle Boots: £25.99, Stradivarius
Animal prints have refused to limit themselves to just the one pattern this season – and everyone’s favourite, leopard, has made a resurgence just in time for boots weather.
Zara’s cheaper sister-brand Stradivarius boasts an impressive collection, but we love these boots for their bold but classic style. Our tester was pleasantly surprised by how comfortable they felt at such a low price, thanks to the 3in block heel, and the zip making them easy to slip on and off.
Whistles Rowan Croc Zip Front Boot: £195, Whistles
Trends come and go, but a classic pair of black ankle boots will stay forever. The croc-effect and glossy finish of this Whistles pair gives them a modern edge, while the use of real leather makes them sturdier than your average high street pair.
With a comfortable height of 2.5in, we loved how sturdy this block heel felt. Although it may boast the heftiest price tag on this list, they are sure to serve as an investment for your autumn wardrobe.
Koi Iona Laced Sock Boots: £35, Koi
Ever since Chloé released their lace-up Rylee boots, the high street has been awash with imitations of the new style staple. We love Koi’s affordable, grey, faux-suede take on the trend. Thanks to a handy side-zip, there’s no need to fiddle around with the actual laces, leaving those purely for aesthetic purposes.
Slightly higher than your average ankle boot, these boots are perfect for a painless night out or glam occasion, especially thanks to their blocky 4in heel. If we had one issue, it would be the pressure to keep these boots clean – pale grey and suede are a risky combination – but their wearability makes them more than worth it.
Topshop BABE Block Heel Boots: £39, Topshop
Capitalising on the recent revival of snakeskin, these boots are exactly what Topshop do best: nailing the latest trends at an affordable price. As the perfect pair of statement boots, we found these easy to dress both up or down.
The 2in heel is a real plus; our tester experienced none of that new-shoes pain, even after braving a long work day and evening drinks. If neutral shades aren’t for you, Topshop also offers these boots in a red or blue, as well as a wide fit option.
Tamara Black Studded Buckle Ankle Boots: £35, Miss Pap
This Miss Pap pair gives the traditional black boot a Western edge, with stud and buckle details. With a minimal heel – only 1.5in – those looking for their new pair of everyday boots will appreciate the versatility of this style, which complements skirts, dresses or jeans. Our tester found them easy to break in and they even withstood a day in the rain.
Pull & Bear Platform Boot With Lace Detail: £45.99, Pull & Bear
Proving that practical boots don’t need to be unattractive, this pair will see you through the wetter, colder months without dampening your style. After breaking them in, our tester found these to be the most comfortable on this list.
Pull & Bear’s use of track soles makes them the sensible shoes your parents have always wanted you to wear. Those averse to laces will again be thankful for the subtle side zip, while the decorative yellow laces serve as a statement detail on an otherwise simple pair of boots.
Oasis Willow Ankle Boot: £45, Oasis
Balenciaga introduced white boots as an autumn staple last year and thankfully it seems like they’re here to stay: high street favourite Oasis has given them a sleek, contemporary update. Although the dainty heel may look painful, the interior of this pair is well cushioned to provide maximum comfort.
They have a lower rise than the other pairs on this list, quite literally skimming the ankle, but this minimalist style gives them an edge when paired with jeans or a midi skirt. Our tester was sceptical of how clean she could keep these boots, but they are easy to wipe clean and are therefore capable of surviving autumn.
Office Analyze Western Chelsea Boots: £110, Office
Rather than limiting itself to just one trend, Office has combined Western-inspired fashion with white croc-effect leather to create these new day-to-night favourites. While their slip-on design makes these boots easy to throw on, our tester did find that they tend to run larger than your average fit. However, they stand out against other ankle boots on the high street and add an instant edge to any outfit.
The Verdict: Best ankle boots
When chosen correctly, ankle boots can be an investment both practical and stylish. Our pick is And Other Stories’ Patent Square Toe Ankle Boots, which offer the best value for money. However, those looking for a more timeless style should consider Whistles’ Rowan Croc Boots or Miss Pap’s Tamara Black Studded Boots.
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