Shoe Trend A/W ’16: ‘High’ Ankle Boots
I’ve recently been on the look out for my next staple black boot. My old favourites ( a pair of Scanlan Theodore ankle boots from 2013) were unfortunately no longer as gorgeous as they once were and just had to be thrown out.
When I buy ankle boots I normally consider heel height, but this season I noticed a trend toward what I deem the ‘high ankle boot’. The high ankle boot finishes around 1.5-2 inches above the ankle as opposed to the popular true ankle boot that finishes right on or just below the ankle. (I’ve attempted to illustrate below, with a fancy arrow, highlighting the difference! Very proud of my graphic design skills!)
Although these days in fashion not one particular style dominates, in recent year there is definitely a trend toward a ‘high ankle boot’. I’ve noticed fashion influencers, as well as Australian high-end designers when styling their look book, are choosing to pair wide cropped pants with high ankle boots as well as with skirts and dresses.
I love the juxtaposition of a feminine midi or knee-length evening dress in a luxurious fabric paired with strong masculine boots.
This season suede and leather dominate. With so much variety in shoes this season, look for a points of difference when choosing your boot, such as a standout heel, or fringe and stud details.
Style AND Tonic Tips for wearing ‘High’ Ankle Boots:
- If you have long lean legs (lucky you!) then you can pull off this look with any length skirt, wide pant as well as skinny jeans and pants.
- If, like me, you have shorter legs and distinct calves, then opt for tight-fitting ankle pants with a slight flare or boot cut. When it comes to dress and skirt length, opt for anything that sits at the knee or slightly above.
- The higher the ankle boot, the higher the heel to create a balanced shoe and hence, a balanced outfit
- Dress it down with denim or casual pants, or dress it up with skirts and dresses.
- Experiment! Don’t be afraid to try several outfits with this boot and work it!
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