We know, we know. There is a whole world of boot styles available to try right now. There are Western and over-the-knee silhouettes, bright colors and white pairs that channel ’60s mod, but nothing is as valuable to your wardrobe as an old faithful that never steers you wrong. For us, that’s black ankle boots. Predictable? Sure. Wrong? Absolutely not.
The reason black ankle boots are almost never a bad choice is that they have versatility. They’re not the statement piece of the outfit; they’re the best supporting star—the reason any look can come together effortlessly. To drive the point home, allow us to present you with 17 examples of what we mean.
The below is just a sampling of fall outfit ideas that feature black ankle boots. They’re cool, uncomplicated, and ready for copying as soon as possible.
Style Tip: Anna Wintour wears her black ankle boots with jewel tones and animal print. Think about that.
Chinese Laundry Erin Booties ($90)
Style Tip: Welcome sheer tights back into your wardrobe this season.
Topshop Venice Vegan Black Boots ($140)
Style Tip: Update your straight-leg jeans with a fun, colorful coat and graphic sweater like our senior news editor, Erin Fitzpatrick, does in this photo.
Marc Fisher Ltd Yale Chelsea Boots ($180)
Style Tip: Love neon? Your black ankle boots will complement, not compete.
Topshop Baltimore Patent Lace Up Boots ($75)
Style Tip: The same can be said for voluminous dress silhouettes.
Aeydē Leila Leather Ankle Boots ($360)
Style Tip: Your cropped faux leather pants were made for sleek ankle boots that meet right at their hem.
Topshop Black Block Boots ($80)
Style Tip: Cropped jeans are the perfect way to show off your ankle boots.
Steve Madden Subtle Snake Embossed Chelsea Boots ($130)
Style Tip: Combat booties balance this delicate lace maxi skirt.
Dr. Martens 1460 Boots ($125)
Style Tip: Simple black ankle boots will pull even the most casual of ensembles together.
BP. Maisie Booties ($80)
Style Tip: If you love the athleisure approach, wear a pair of slip-on and lug-sole boots.
Jeffrey Campbell Cloudy Waterproof Chelsea Rain Boots ($60)
Style Tip: Loose, gray jeans will feel ultra-cool with black western-style boots.
Loeffler Randall Joni Boots ($395)
Style Tip: Fall dresses feel decidedly cooler with super-chunky lug-sole ankle boots.
Topshop Brixton Chelsea Boots ($68)
Style Tip: One of the top boot trends of this season is lace-up boots, and we can't get over them.
Vince Cabria Lace-Up Boots ($395)
Style Tip: An easy streetwear ensemble will feel more polished with ankle boots.
Topshop Maci Black Point Ankle Boots ($75)
Style Tip: Lace-up booties and midi skirts are one of our favorite current combinations.
Miista Zelie Lace Up Booties ($365)
Style Tip: No need to choose between slim-leg jeans or a more relaxed fit. Block-heel booties work all the same.
Stuart Weitzman Wren Suede Ankle Boots ($575)
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated.
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