We know, we know. There’s 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.
Sam Edelman Codie Square Toe Booties ($160)
Style Tip: No need to choose between slim-leg jeans or a more relaxed fit. Block-heel booties work all the same.
Who What Wear Christina Booties ($139)
Style Tip: Welcome sheer tights back into your wardrobe this season.
Steve Madden Calabria Pointed Toe Booties ($130)
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.
Vagabond Shoemakers Marja Cap Toe Booties ($175)
Style Tip: Love neon? Your black ankle boots will complement, not compete.
Franco Sarto Jetson Lace-Up Combat Boots ($111)
Style Tip: The same can be said for voluminous dress silhouettes.
Sam Edelman Sammie Chelsea Boots ($200)
Style Tip: A chunkylug sole will add a little edge to a bright and playful dress.
Topshop Black Block Boots ($150)
Style Tip: A midi skirt is the perfect way to show off your ankle boots.
H&M Ankle Boots ($50)
Style Tip: Combat booties balance a feminine and romantic maxi skirt.
Dr. Martens 1460 Bex Boots ($160)
Style Tip: Simple black ankle boots will pull even the most casual of ensembles together.
Good American 110mm Icon Booties ($239)
Style Tip: For an of-the-moment look, style rubber lug-sole boots with a cute pair of socks.
Jeffrey Campbell Cloudy Waterproof Chelsea Rain Boots ($60)
Style Tip: Loose, gray jeans will feel ultra-cool with black Western-style boots.
Mango Leather Pointed Ankle Boots ($84)
Style Tip: Fall dresses feel decidedly cooler with super-chunky lug-sole ankle boots.
Aster Lug Sole Chelsea Boots ($225)
Style Tip: One of the top boot trends of this season is lace-up boots, and we can’t get over them.
H&M Boots ($40)
Style Tip: An easy sweater ensemble will feel more polished with ankle boots.
Stuart Weitzman Ryder Ultralift Booties ($725)
Style Tip: Lace-up booties and midi skirts are one of our favorite current combinations.
Manu Atelier Lace Up Duck Boots ($605)
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated.
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