As the cooler days become mainstream it is time to start experimenting with closed in shoes
If there is one addition every wardrobe needs it is the black ankle boot. With so many boots on the market there are two factors that make this piece a key investment: its ability to be paired with multiple garments and unlike its knee or thigh high cousins, the ankle boot is a more transeasonal piece.
However, not all booties were created equal and it can be overwhelming when hunting for the perfect pair given the variances in design. When sourcing the right fit for you keep four guidelines in mind so that your ankle boots can be mixed and matched with ease:
Remember this is a foundation piece so opt for something closed in and leave peep toe booties for spring
Gravitate towards black for ultimate versatility
Select a blocked heel to enable the creation of both day and night looks
Opt for something minimal in terms of embellishments as this limits heaviness and will be a timeless investment
The ankle boot can be teamed with anything from jeans to skirts to dresses of varying length. When opting for a traditional denim pairing experiment with length by rolling up the cuffs or allow some skin to show when teamed with a skinny leg 3/4 cut. When playing with dresses and skirts opt for a heeled boot to create length and don’t hesitate to experiment with different cuts from mini, midi to maxi. Should a skirt or dress option be your go to look for the day a leather or suede boot creates the ultimate juxtaposition when partnered with a softer fabric like silk or satin.
When it comes to deciding where to shop, classic Australian label Windsor Smith has been my go to for some time now as I have experienced first hand the quality and subsequent longevity of their boots. Established in Melbourne in 1946 their products have stood the test of time in a competitive market . As someone who preaches the importance of minimalism and slow fashion it is important to invest in brands that create items that can go the distance. Given their price a well crafted ankle boot should last for multiple seasons and Windsor Smith has proven to be a sound investment enabling me to shop consciously.
Minimalism and a sustainable approach to fashion is equally achieved by embracing a capsule wardrobe whereby essentials create an array of outfits. It requires investment in key foundation pieces aka building blocks that are not bound by season or time of day.
The ankle boot is one of those building blocks.