I have been asked a few times recently if I can recommend black ankle boots to wear with jeans, dresses or skirts so I thought it was about time I did a bit of research and passed on a few suggestions for some good all rounders!
Black ankle boots are now a wardrobe staple, part of our capsule wardrobe and I tend to update mine every year as I wear them quite a lot so they always look a bit tired by the end of the season and because each year we see a bit of an update in style so for me I like to refresh my boots! And update your boots and you have an instant outfit update too.
This year I started off with a fantastic pair from Vionic Shoes (kindly gifted to me) and they are brilliant - good for your feet, comfortable despite having a heel, suede leather with a neoprene back and can be dressed up or down. I have worn mine with jeans and dresses (see above). The Whitney boot from Vionic is £140 and available here.
Next up are these black snake leather western style boots from Office which Helen from Instagram (40plusnotgivingupyet) has recommended over and over on her various try-ons! I decided to buy them - they are true to size, I am a 4 and wearing a 4. They are less classic that the Vionic pair but also work well with the jeans or dresses and are also very comfortable. I like that they have a small heel but don't feel high (if that makes sense). I like the black snakeskin as it is a nod to animal print but more subtle and I actually like the silver tip which I thought was what I wouldn't like! I've not worn these with a dress yet but Helen has a lot and they look fabulous. These are £90 Black snake leather from Office (and 20% off and free delivery this week using the code GLITTER).
If you are looking for something slightly less high end on the cost scale then I have also heard good things about these black western ankle boots from New Look Premium range, they are £64.99 - I've not seen them or tried them on but I think they'd be worth a look.
And a few others to consider:
Jolene from Vionic - less of a heel and simple black leather.
Block Toe Ankle Boot from Autograph - very similar to the Office ones (see below left).
Block Heel Ankle Boot from M&S - new in and only £45 (below right).
Siena Studded Boot from Mint Velvet - MV always have really stylish boots.
Spire from Carvela - again higher end cost-wise but very stylish (see below centre).
Animal Spot Pleat Midi Skirt £39.00 from Top Shop (available in petite and regular)
Textured Round Neck Jumper £15 from M&S (various colours)
Vionic Whitney Black Boots £140 (also available in grey)
Necklace and Earrings (not seen) from Toria Lee Acessories
I hope that gives you a few ideas - my tips for wearing boots with a dress or skirt - keep the style simple, go for a small heel and keep the length of the skirt just above the top of the boot. But definitely get out of your comfort zone and try styling skirts this way. This is the first year I have gone with ankle boots instead of long boots with skirts.
UPDATED: Since writing I popped into Moda in Pelle and they have a huge selection of some fabulous boots and currently some amazing discounts too - follow this link for ankle boots.
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