6 Ankle-Boot Trends That Are Going to Wow Everyone This Season

Like sandals are to summer, ankle boots come winter are a sure thing. This particular piece of footwear is a cornerstone of colder-weather wardrobes and for good reason. Choose carefully, and you'll live in them for the whole of this winter and the next one, too. Scratch that—you'll wear them all year, even on those chilly spring and summer days. This, however, makes choosing that all-important pair of ankle boots all the more difficult. Sure, you want them to be versatile, but you also want them to feel trendy. So if you haven't quite made a decision on which ankle boots you'll be investing in this year, then allow us to help. 

best ankle boots: street styler wearing a pair of brown rubber rain boots


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A couple of notes before we delve into this season's coming ankle-boot trends. While last year there was definitely a focus on those classic hero pieces, in 2021 there's a renewed love for frivolity, but with practicality still in mind. This is especially welcome after the past 18 months, and fashion has reacted by giving us some fun pieces to wear, and the ankle-boot category is no different. While I think there will be some surprises, according to Net-a-Porter's senior market editor, Libby Page, "Our customer is seeking practicality right now and boots that will stand the test of time, so the colour palette is neutral, with pops of boldness for our more adventurous shopper."

With all of that in mind, and after analysing this season's A/W collections, I've compiled an edit of the newest and best ankle boots that will wow everyone this season. Keep scrolling for more.

1. Platforms

best ankle boots: y/project platform boots


Courtesy of Y/Project
best ankle boots: givenchy red patent boots


Courtesy of Givenchy

Kicking off with one of the funnest ankle-boot trends this season, there's a return to disco with platform boots. While past seasons have been all about the flatform, it's back to this more dialled-up style. Y/Project’s came in soft grey, whereas over at Givenchy was a red patent affair. Clearly, however you do platform ankle boots, this is all about finding showstoppers that are great for a party. 

best ankle boots: black boots at petar petrov


Courtesy of Petar Petrov

As with plenty of other trends right now, Y2K is also having an influence on footwear. Although rounded or square toes were the leading shapes over the past few seasons thanks to the likes of Bottega Veneta, the spiky toe is back. Whether at Balenciaga or Petar Petrov, this look was super slick and polished and will look incredible with jeans as well as an LBD. 

best ankle boots: cowboy boots at Isabel marant


Courtesy of Isabel Marant

Cowboy boots are one of those ankle-boot styles that don't ever really disappear. They're often reinterpreted, and some seasons, it's been about the white boots, whereas other times, it's been a more simplified version (Bottega's being the most sought-after). This season? It's the classic cowboy boot. As seen at Celine with metal toe caps or from Khaite in black, or even the ones Isabel Marant reissues every season, there's a pair of cowboy boots for everyone. 

best ankle boots: rubber rain boots at holzweiler


Courtesy of Holzweiler

If we learnt anything about the past 18 months, it's that having a really great pair of boots that last in the rain and mud is a must. Good news then, as rain boots or rubber boots are making a real comeback. Ganni's come in fun fluoro hues, and Bottega Veneta's are in a pretty peach. But if you're looking for a budget-friendlier style, then Arket also stocks sustainable brand Tretorn's pistachio ankle boots. 

best ankle boots: lace up boots at ashley williams


Courtesy of Ashley Williams

If you're all about a pair of ankle boots that are going to last you season after season, you can't go wrong with lace-ups. Whether you're going to opt for Dr. Martens's classic stompers or want something subtler, there are styles out there. Take inspiration from either Bally's hiker-lite versions or look to Ashley Williams's flatforms. 

best ankle boots: moon boots at balmain


Courtesy of Balmain

While this might seem a more left-field choice, according to Page, Net-a-Porter is incredibly excited for "the iconic and cult collaboration from Moon Boot x Chloé that walked the runway during Gabriela Hearst’s debut collection." But Chloé isn't the only fashion house to showcase this style, as Balmain also sent models down its A/W runway wearing moon boots. 

Next up, the biggest autumn/winter 2021 fashion trends to know.

This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated. 

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