Ankle Boot Styles

by Angela Bakke
A platform-stiletto bootie can replace the traditional pump for evening outfits.

A platform-stiletto bootie can replace the traditional pump for evening outfits.

Ankle boots may have started as a fashion trend, but they are now officially solidified as a style staple for both men and women. They are the most versatile shoe you can get. You can wear an ankle boot with with a chic suit or dress as easily as you can wear them with cut-offs or chinos. Either invest in one pair of high-quality boots, or buy several in different styles for more diversity.

Multi-Purpose Styles

The mid-heel slip-on leather ankle boot in a dark color such as black or espresso brown will give a woman ample style opportunities. This is a smart investment boot. A high-quality boot will go with just about anything in your closet, and last you for years. Wear a classic-black leather ankle boot with your favorite dark denim, along with a T-shirt and blazer. Dress up a classic bootie with black tights, a pleated miniskirt and chunky sweater. A thick heel or wedge style are the most comfortable for all-day wear. The desert boot is the men's version of this multi-purpose style of ankle boot. Wear a dark suede desert boot with a pair of cuffed chinos and a T-shirt. Desert boots are a refined enough style to also wear with a pair of dress pants and a sport coat.

Edgy Styles

Ankle boots with studs or metal detailing are the perfect choice for anyone looking to add edge to any outfit. In women's fashion, a row of buckles on a black-flat boot adds just the right amount of punk-rock edge to an otherwise practical boot. Wear them with a pair of black slim-cut jeans and a billowy button-down for a stylish mix of soft and edgy. In menswear a pair of black or deep-brown ankle-high motorcycle boots that feature reinforced stitching, side harnesses with straps as well as metal studs and rings give your outfit a rockstar-rugged look. Wear them with a thick-raw denim or a similar pant that can hold it's own against the weight of these manly boots.

Polished Looks

An ankle boot is a chic alternative to a classic pump or dress shoe. Style your finest skirt-suit with a high-heel lace-up ankle boot. The beauty of this boot is that it looks just as lovely under any pair of trousers -- wide-leg, cropped or straight leg. Men who invest in a pair of ankle-height brogue boots will find that they do the job that any classic wing-tip dress shoe does with a business suit. They are a less-frequented but equally sophisticated shoe style.

Sexy Stilettos

Few shoe styles can beat a stiletto in the sex-appeal department. If you're opting for the stiletto-style for ankle boot be sure to make it a statement shoe. This is not the shoe to throw on for a long day of running around, but it is the shoe to choose if you want to get noticed. A satin lace-up ankle boot with an open-toe design, a suede-fringe lace-up, or a black suede with gold pin-stud detailing are all chic options for the style of boot. Be sure to wear your sexy stiletto with an outfit that shows them off. A pair of cropped-tuxedo pants, a little black dress or a pencil skirt will all do the trick.

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About the Author

Angela Bakke is a Los Angeles-based writer and reporter with more than a decade of experience covering fashion, beauty, the arts and entertainment. She has interviewed some of the most famous people in the world and covered stories for Beyond Cinema, Hollywood.com, ReelzChannel, CNN.com and Celebs.com.

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