Ankle boots are the cornerstone of any well-stocked shoe-drobe. Whether flat or heeled, a great ankle boot will work year-round, with everything from pretty dresses to your favourite jeans – the perfect excuse to ensure you’ve got at least one pair in your arsenal. If you’re in need of some new ankle boot inspiration this season, say hello to the ones some of the most stylish women around can’t take off…
The Statement Heel
Carvela Kurt Geiger’s 'Smiling' ankle boots are what we like to a call classic with a twist. Crafted from soft kid suede with an elegant almond toe, it’s the heel that makes them extra special; cylindrical and croc embossed with a patent finish. It may be bold, but at 80mm (3 inches) it’s comfy too. Alex Stedman of The Frugality has the chic navy pair, while We Are Twinset’s Sarah Tankel Ellis rocks them in classic black. From pleated midi skirts to ripped denim, they’re providing styling inspiration aplenty…
The Embellished Biker
First Fearne Cotton, now the biggest names in the fashion blogosphere have fallen for Carvela Kurt Geiger’s 'Swish' biker boots. Not your average biker, they’re encrusted with a heavy sprinkling of gold studs and not-so-prim pearls to create a tough-luxe ankle boot that’s as cool as it is comfortable. Amy Neville @amynevfashiondiaries and Fatima Mackovic Makhlouf @fatimamac create a contrast by working theirs with feminine mini and midi dresses and co-ordinating arm candy while @ketchembunnies adds weekend polish with a chic overcoat. If in doubt, make like an off-duty model (they’re rarely out of biker boots) and wear them with an all-black outfit.
The Kitten Heel Sock
Fusing the biggest boot trends of the season (sock shape and kitten heel) to create one seriously hot hybrid, Carvela Kurt Geiger’s 'Scilly' ankle boots are a modern classic. Former fashion journalist and one half of cool new blogging duo &Finally Florrie Thomas has got hers, and she’s in good company; the Frugality loves them too. Florrie’s unexpected pairing of khaki cargo pants and a cosy knit is the perfect way to relax this elegant style, but with a chic pearl detail to the back, they’re a no-brainer evening option too – just make sure hemlines are high enough to show it off.
The Minimalist Flat
The fashion pack’s new favourite autumn combo? Floral midi dresses and flat black lace up ankle boots. They say opposites attract, and this juxtaposition of boyish boot and pretty frock definitely works. With a minimalist design and streamlined toe, Carvela Kurt Geiger’s 'Skewer' is a match made in heaven for petal printed dresses - as Parisian blogger Elodie in Paris proves - but the ankle hugging design means they’ll also look great with straight leg denim and cropped trousers.