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The Fashion Memo

12 of the season’s best ankle boots


Boots are the French girls of the shoe world – effortlessly cool and subtly sexy, they add an edge to every outfit. If you’re looking for a super-hot seasonal update, the Western boot is the way to go, worn with everything from straight-leg denim to floral midi dresses. For a more perennial pair, opt for one (or all) of the three boot styles you will find in every fashion editor’s wardrobe: classic Chelsea boots, knee-high slouched boots and chic pointed ankle boots. And if those aren’t daring enough for you, try the thigh-high boot – wear with skinny jeans and an oversized knit or underneath a floaty dress to tone down their sensuality.


For the ultimate office boot, Gianvito Rossi’s slouchy Laura style is a no-brainer. If you’re someone who lives in black in the colder months, invest in the burgundy version to brighten up a silk midi skirt and a turtleneck for a sleek, modern look. If you need a subtle heel that you can stride around in all day, take your cues from fashion influencers Pandora Sykes and Pernille Teisbaek who are big fans of Tabitha Simmons’ kitten-heeled Emmet lace-ups.

  • Gianvito Rossi
    Laura 85 leather knee boots
  • Gianvito Rossi
    Cecile 55 suede ankle boots
  • Jimmy Choo
    Marinda 65 leather ankle boots
  • Malone Souliers
    Daisy 100 suede ankle boots


The omnipresent western boot is one of those brilliantly seasonless shoes – just swap your denim cut-offs and ditsy floral-print dresses for suede or leather pants and a chunky cable knit. Chloé, Isabel Marant and Calvin Klein’s iconic styles will become your much-worn favorites, or opt for newcomer Aeydē’s snake-effect Kate design for something more impactful.

  • Chloé
    Rylee cutout snake-effect leather ankle boots
  • Isabel Marant
    Lamsy embellished snake-effect leather ankle boots
    Croc-effect leather ankle boots
  • Valentino
    Valentino Garavani Ranch 95 leather and python ankle boots


To elevate your look after 5pm, choose glossy PVC, disco-ready metallics and luxurious velvets. Balenciaga’s beloved Knife sock boots have been reimagined in a rich plum velvet for the party season, while Aquazzura’s patent-leather Alma version is an ultra-cool accompaniment to your favorite LBD.

  • Saint Laurent
    Mica suede knee boots
  • Jimmy Choo
    Blaize 85 crystal-embellished patent-leather ankle boots
  • Aquazzura
    + Noor Fares So Noor embellished suede sock boots
  • Gianvito Rossi
    105 patent-leather knee boots

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