Black ankle boots. We all need a pair (or seven), but admittedly, everyone's idea of perfection within this particular footwear field is different. Your basic go-tos could be suede and flat, while another person's are stacked and flourished with a silver buckle. Either way, though, like trench coats, button-down shirts or cashmere jumpers, no wardrobe will be better off without such a key addition as a pair of black ankle boots.
Alexa Chung has always known the power of a great black ankle boot.
Our obsession with black ankle boots, you see, is that they pretty much work with everything you already own. Jeans? Yes. Skirts? Of course. Dresses? The perfect accompaniment. It's worth considering how you can choose the style that best suits your aesthetic, regardless of what the trends of the time might be. Me? I know that I'll always rely upon a pair of neat, mid-heeled ankle boots in the simplest of silhouettes and with the least fussy finish. But I have also delved into the world of chunky flat boots since I needed a more practical option for dashing about in the winter months with a toddler.
So it's no surprise that we take investing in a pair of black ankle boots very seriously, and I would always recommend that you consider quality over quantity. Better to buy a decent leather pair than a throwaway cheaper option that is overly trend-driven and might look dated by next winter.
We've put in the legwork to find the best styles anyone can kick about in all day, that all feel current for now but with the potential for longevity. Keep scrolling for the best black ankle boots to consider now.
1. Chunky Ankle Boots
Style Notes: The boots that refuse to go out of style. We've seen a lot of chunky boots over the past few years, and they're just as cool (and easy to wear) as ever.
2. Western Boots
Style Notes: If it's good enough for French girls, it's good enough for us. Cowboy boots are now a perennial trend, with numerous designs on offer from high-street and luxury brands.
Style Notes: When in doubt, keep things classic. You can't go wrong with a timeless Chelsea silhouette, a wear-with-everything design that has proven its enduring appeal.
Style Notes: Heeled ankle boots lend themselves to elevated and casual dressing, depending on the height and style of the shoe—something worth considering when you're choosing your pair.
Style Notes: I'll be styling my lace-up boots just like this: with a cosy knitted dress and a pop of colour in handbag form. Just add a pair of opaque tights for winter.