Last updated on October 8th, 2019 at 10:57 am
How to Wear Ankle Boots & Ankle Boot Styles
There are so many ways to wear ankle boots – because there are a number of different styles to choose from. Comfort is important, as is matching the right types of ankle boot to the right occasion. Find out more in our expert guide.
Best Women’s Ankle Boot Styles
Kitten Heel Boots
Best for: work, interviews and everyday casual
Kitten heels tend to be quite thin, but are still stable and easy to walk in – because the heels tend to be under two inches. The small heel adds a touch of elegance compared to flat boots.
Wedge Heel Boots
Best for: everyday comfort and stability
While wedge heels tend to be a little taller than kitten heels, they’re still easy to walk in due to the lack of a gap between the toe and heel of the shoe. Wedge heel boots support your entire foot and give you more contact with the ground, providing more stability.
Chunky or Block Heel Boots
Best for: work and job interviews
Chunky or block heeled boots are also a great choice for comfort, as they give your heel more surface area and protection. While they aren’t as stable as wedges, they’re much more so than, say, stilettos. Because of the elegant look they provide, chunky and block heel ankle boots are great to wear for work or a job interview.
Open or Peep Toe Boots
Best for: weddings, parties and special occasions
When fitted correctly, open or peep toe boots can be super stylish – allowing your pedicure to add a hint of glamour to your outfit. This makes open and peep toe ankle boots perfect for weddings, parties and other special occasions. They pair well with cuffed trousers, skirts and dresses.
Flat Ankle Boots
Best for: everyday comfort and casual wear
When it comes to ankle boot styles, these are by far the most comfortable and relaxed. Flat ankle boots can pretty much be paired with whatever outfit you have on – and are in their element on cold or rainy days.
Lace Up Ankle Boots
Best for: work or special occasions, depending on the style
Lace up ankle boots come in many styles, from flat to peep toe. The laces can be adjusted for the perfect fit. However, be careful how tight the laces are – especially around the ankle area. As the day goes on and your feet swell, tight lacing can cause numbness and pain in your foot. Depending on the style of your lace up boots, they could be a good option to wear to work or to a special occasion. Just check they look right with your outfit first.
Buckle or Strap Boots
Best for: everyday support
Buckle or strap boots generally provide more support to your ankle than slip on boots. Make sure to check the strap can be adjusted to your size, and isn’t too big or too small.
- Too big won’t provide much support and could hurt your ankles.
- Too small could lead to numbness in your ankles and feet.
Best for: making a style statement
Tassel boots don’t usually add anything to the fit of the boot. However, when paired with the right outfit they can add a stylish detail that completes your look.
How to Wear Ankle Boots Over 40
The key to wearing ankle boots over 40 is finding a boot that suits your shape and sense of style. Make sure:
- The hem of your jeans is no more than an inch off the ground when wearing them with bootcut jeans.
- If wearing ankle boots with a skirt, that it’s no shorter than knee length.
- The colour of your boots matches your outfit. Wearing boots that are the same colour as your tights or skirt will help keep your look understated and elegant.
Need more guidance? Get more detailed advice on how to wear ankle boots over 40.
How to Wear Ankle Boots Over 50
Ankle boots are one of the best pairs of shoes to wear if you’re over 50. There are a range of ankle boot types and styles that could work for you, including:
- Flat ankle boots – one of the more versatile styles which will go with any look or outfit.
- Tasselled or buckled ankle boots – these can add an extra detail to a simple, everyday look like skinny jeans and a shirt.
Our comprehensive style guide has all the information you need on how to wear ankle boots over 50.
Men’s Ankle Boot Styles
Best for: work and special occasions
Lace up boots are a popular choice for men, because they provide a lot of support – especially to the ankle – and are comfortable to wear. Lace up boots can also look refined and professional, making them a great option for work and special occasions.
Best for: work, weddings and smart casual looks
Chelsea boots are stylish and smart pull-on boots. These iconic shoes have been fashionable for decades. They look great with smart trousers for work, interviews and special occasions – and also go well with jeans for more of a smart-casual look.
Best for: everyday, casual comfort
Desert boots, otherwise known as Chukka boots, are lace up boots usually made of suede or imitation suede. These lightweight, casual boots are great for weekend and light work wear.
Best for: outdoor activities like walking and hiking
Walking boots, or hiking boots, are just like normal lace up boots but with more comfort. Designed to protect your ankles and cushion your foot, they also guard your feet against rain and uneven ground.
Finding the right ankle boot type can be a hefty task, so try plenty of different options on before deciding what’s right for you. If you’re still unsure on how to wear ankle boots with your favourite outfits, take a look at our style guide.