Fab Friday style tip: winter 2011 ankle boots

Nikki ParkinsonFashion 22 Comments

I’ve been out shopping a lot lately.  Not for myself (I have to say that in case my husband is reading this post) but for my clients.  Pretty high up on the priority shopping list for most clients has been a pair of boots for winter.  A pair of classic style boots.  An investment purchase that should last a few seasons – particularly if you’re from up my way and may only get to wear boots about 12 times a winter.

What I’m finding though is that the classic knee-length styles, either flat or with a heel, are being heavily outnumbered by the ankle boot and specifically, the bootie.   At first I was a little bit scared.  I may even have cowered in a corner of the shoe department.  After some considered thought, though, and this email from Styler, Karen Elder, I’m looking at the bootie from a different angle (and not just the Little House of the Prairie one that the lace up boots remind me of).

Firstly I wanted to say that I really enjoy reading your blog – I read a lot of fashion blogs but it is fantastic to get relevant advice from a fellow Queenslander. Now this is the part where I grovel.  I like a lot of the new season shoes/booties but I’m at a loss of how to wear them in an everyday (as opposed to magazine) setting to suit my late 30’s age bracket?

Karen, extreme flattery will get you everywhere … and even a mention on the vlog.

Key tips

1.  Keep in mind that any shoe or boot that ends at the ankle will truncate your legs.  To keep an elongated effect, opt for a black bootie and black tights when wearing with a skirt or dress.

2.  The bootie style works well with a slim or skinny leg jean or cargo pant.  It’s also the perfect winter shoe to work back with your summer and autumn maxi skirt.

3.  Remember this is a high-fashion trend.  A classic boot style will ultimately give you more costs per wear.  But I’ve thrown in a Lotto-list pair in my shopping suggestions below.  You know, because a girl has to dream!

4.  One of the shoes that Karen asked about was this one.  I’m not a fan as it’s more hobo than boho.  I much prefer number 9 below with its small wedge.  And happy for you to embrace number 6 for a casual look with jeans.

5.  If you have a male partner then they will probably not like ANY of the boots below.  Don’t take it personally.  It’s a guy thing.  They don’t get fashion. They will choose over-the-knee, stiletto-heeled black patent leather over ankle any time.

Shopping suggestions

Ankle boots winter 2011

1. Trenery Bella short boot $199

2. Christian Louboutin dahlia pony luxor in multi at Jean Brown $1125

3. Peeptoe Shoes Miss Motorcycle $349

4. Midas Shoes Betty $238

5. Nine West Vanished $199

6. Cotton On Montana boot $39.95

7. Payless Shoes Antoinette bootie $79.95

8. Wittner Shoes Edeenarra boots $199.95

9. Windsor Smith Pacific Mocca at StyleTread $119.95

Do you have a pair of ankle boots on your winter shopping wishlist?  How do you plan to wear them?

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Comments 22

  1. Hi Nikki,
    I must admit, I’ve felt like Ankle boots the same way I used to feel about Brussel Sprouts. But, in the name of fashion, I held my nose, squeezed my eyes closed real tight and gave them a go….and found they are awesome to wear when you follow some great advice like yours.

    I’ve also made a list of tips and styling ideas for how to wear an ankle boot, here: http://bit.ly/jrqCav
    Hope you like it!
    Andrea

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  2. Thanks Nikki for confirming my suspicion that ankle boots aren’t for me. Wish I’d had that insight in the eighties!

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  3. I love seeing fellow Aussie bloggers! Loving boots at the moment!! Just bought a new pair the other day similar to pair number 9 but in a camel color! I also found a lovely brown pair in Myer today! Its my birthday soon, hopefully I will get them! 🙂

    Monique xx

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  4. I’m giving this trend a miss too and sticking to ankle boots under jeans/pants only… Just don’t need any width added to my legs!

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  5. Just can’t do it…..I don’t have great legs as it is and feel like these would make them look worse! Think I will stick to the ballet flats for winter.

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      Love my ballet flats – means I can let my regular pedis go (opps, did I say that!) And I have three pairs of boots – all knee high; one heeled; black flat and tan flat. The closest I have to a pair of booties is a suede NatSui shoes I bought last year. They’re black and work if worn with opaques or skinny jeans.

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  6. Good advice as always – might skip this trend though… hmmm

    PS you will have to muzzle the budgie next week xx

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