Shorts season is upon us, and I'm officially starting to run out of fun, fresh ways to wear the classic summer staple. So I did as I always do when I find myself in a wardrobe rut: I scrolled through Instagram in search of cool styling tricks. There's a certain shorts-and-shoes combo I kept coming across, and let's just say it's a polarizing one I never considered sporting this season. (Leave it to the feed to get me to try one controversial trend after another.)
This time around, I'm trying my hand at wearing ankle boots with shorts. Yes, the shoes you love to wear with your skinnies and wide-leg pants in the fall and winter are now also a summer must. In fact, fashion girls have been wearing them with everything from denim cutoffs to Bermudas to wool trousers. Itching to try something new? Read on to see the polarizing shorts-and-shoes combo that had me utterly intrigued and has managed to get me out of my outfit rut. Thanks, Instagram!
You can't go wrong with high-waisted shorts and black ankle boots.
Racil Max Wool-Piqué Shorts ($176)
Sam Edelman Ava Studded Embroidered Textured-Leather Ankle Boots ($85)
Leather shorts look so good when styled with a pair of cowboy boots. Talk about cowgirl chic, no?
Lamarque Anise Short ($207)
Jeffrey Campbell Tooney Western Boot ($220)
You probably never thought about wearing your bike shorts with tall cowboy boots, rights? I definitely am now.
Adidas Cycling Shorts ($35)
Ganni Embroidered Patent-Leather Cutout Boots ($176)
Dr. Martens and distressed Bermuda shorts look so cool.
Levi's 501® Ripped Slouch Shorts ($80)
Dr. Martens Jadon Platform Boot ($180)
Play up texture by mixing prints, like wearing cheetah bike shorts with snakeskin ankle boots.
Good American The Boy Short Biker Shorts ($65)
Dolce Vita Coltyn Bootie ($110)
White ankle boots will team nicely with all your shorts, especially those of the denim variety.
Agolde Carrie Denim Shorts ($138)
Calvin Klein Ignazia Siriana Booti ($169)
Ground lightweight shorts with chunkier black boots for a cool juxtaposition.
Cult Gaia Sissi Linen Shorts ($258)
Vince Camuto Gigietta Bootie ($100)
Next up, 10 Bermuda shorts outfits everyone will be wearing this summer.
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