Summer posts about next season clothes normally begin ‘So I know it seems too early to be talking about [coats/boots/scarves] but…’ Given that I’m writing this in England where the rain is pounding the window and I’m wearing a full length onesie, I’m not going to bother! In the UK, August is as good a time as any to talk about fall style and in all honesty I’m never not ready to talk about my all-time favourite fashion thing: ankle boots.
Let’s not pretend that ankle boots are just for winter. I love a brown suede booty with a little summer dress and nothing looks better with a tan than a worn-in pair of black boots on bare legs. But it’s autumn when ankle boots come into their own, as showcased particularly gorgeously in the current Fall issue of Porter magazine, whose fall accessories editorial conjures everything I associate with a winter boot: killer heels, tactile fabrics in rich earthy colours, buttery leather and glossy metallic details, guilded Jacquard embroidery… A smart ankle boot just makes an outfit look immediately polished and elegant. So here’s my pick of the best, all in the shops and online now, mostly designer splurge but also some high street. Happy shopping!
I spotted this pair of lace-up red booties on Free People’s Instagram yesterday and haven’t been able to stop thinking about them since. These are what Little Red Riding Hood would wear on ANTM and she’d look 10 points of fierce. I own a few pairs of shoes from Free People and the quality is fantastic; my Jeffrey Campbell gladiator shoes have taken me many, many miles over the last five years from Tuscan hills to Moroccan deserts, while these little suede slipper boots are celebrating their third birthday this month. The company also do a great line of vegan shoes and boots. Back to those red boots, I’m a huge fan to adding a jazzy flash of red to an outfit – particularly on a grey winter’s day. Here’s my current selection (also v festive for Christmas).
Much to the confusion of those of us who remember wearing crushed velour crop tops in the actual 90s, velvet was sneaking back into our wardrobes last winter and it’s returned in force for autumn. I picked up Zara’s black velvet jacket last October and have worn it a lot – it’s surprising versatile, pulling together a basic jeans & t-shirt outfit and easy to throw over a light dress on cooler summer evenings. And wearing velvet on your feet is obviously a lot less aggressive than donning, say, a full velvet suit. Not particularly practical, but the soft sheen of the fabric looks incredibly luxurious and puts you in permanent party mode, so who cares? Just don’t forget to add four month’s Uber fee to your boots budget. I’ve pulled out a selection below, inspired by designers like Miu Miu and Dries Van Noten among many others…
Top right: ASOS £32.99
Bottom right: ASOS £32.99
Really love that Charlotte Olympia has turned her kitty flats into ankle boots. I can’t spend £650 on them but a girl can dream.
One trend I’m not on board with this season: skinny heels. Mindblowingly beautiful as these lace-up Miu Miu boots are, it’s just not worth the pain. But velvet, brocade, sequins, gold, leather, buckles; so long as it has a block heel, I’m in! Now excuse me while I book my Uber…