I know long boots are coming back in this season but I still can't get over by obsession with ankle boots. No matter how many pairs I have, I can always convince myself that I need another pair and this season is no different. So it's good to know that this season has a few key differences in styles to help you justify at least one new pair.
First noticeable difference across many brands is that toes are getting pointy. This pair from ASOS is a case in point. I'm currently sat with the black and khaki in my virtual basket and can't make up my mind...
Whistles also have something similar at a higher price point, with a nod to the loafer trend - the Riley Pointed Loafer Ankle Boot:
And this zipped option from Zara is really stunning and a great heel height for the school run
Another on trend difference this season is the patent/shiny finish and with the same colour dilemma, both colours in these Marks & Spencer beauties are sitting in my online basket too. They're slightly less pointy than the ASOS ones and a bit lower in the heel. I've tried these on - they are really lovely. 20% off with the current issue of Grazia, making them £55 with free home delivery!!
I also loved these suede M&S elasticated panel boots that I tried on the same day - nice shaped toe, very wearable heel and also available in tan.
The Acne Pistol is the classic ankle boot that most of us could only dream of. Mind you, if I added up what I've spent on ankle boots over the past 3 years, I'd have enough to buy a couple of pairs. Having said that, they do go into the sale now and again so worth keeping an eye out for them.
This year, Moda in Pelle have this great Acne Pistol copy - the Kirra, in black or tan suede. Really loving the look of them
This pair also from Moda in Pelle - the Loxley in black caught my eye. A bit high for the school run but check those Isabel Marant style buckles out!
Clarks also have these lovely patent look boots - with a very wearable wedge heel, apparently what I'm *supposed* to be wearing this winter. Again, I have the love for both colours...will definitely try to get in-store to see what these look like in the flesh.
Seven Boot Lane has come up trumps again with some lovely new designs - the Carrie in black is a total classic that you'll wear for years:
but as I've got burgundy on the brain this season and know how comfy the Carla is, I'm coveting the Bordo Suede with studs
With burgundy in mind, these Tamaris boots from Laundry Online appeared in my searches. Really well priced and I love the shape of the toe
Another trend I'm seeing across many brands is metallic and if comfort is of the essence, then you won't go wrong with these Amy boots from Esska. I've just received them in the post and can confirm that they look even better in real life and are unbelievably comfortable. Given my heel limitations this winter, these are going to be worn loads. I'll do a separate post on them to show how versatile metallic boots are.
On the metallic thread but a bit higher, are these Lola Cruz boots from Daniel Footwear. The shape is very Acne-like also and the colour is fabulous.
While I was on the Daniel website, I spotted these black Ash Spirals - another classic ankle boot - for just £99. Limited sizes available and sadly not in mine.
Finally, I'm always asked every winter about navy ankle boots and the good news is that there are some lovely ones about. These Soho Ankle Boots from Boden with a black trim are a particular favourite of mine, though a little high for me at the moment.
With a more manageable heel, the Chic Ankle Boot is another gorgeous navy option
And somewhere in-between, it's the Boho Boot - very Ash Spiral'esque!
And there you have it...if I indulged my boot obsession, I'd happily buy a pair of all of the above...just as well the budget doesn't allow!
So a photo heavy round up of my favourites - hope it helps you if you're on an ankle boot hunt, as so many of you have told me in messages and comments. Happy Shopping!