How are we feeling about short ankle boots these days?

Full disclosure: I have always been a knee-boots gal. I love how they can go under anything and obviate the need to solve the whole “socks and hosiery” problem. But for a while there, tall boots were “out” and booties were “in” so I accumulated a few pairs. Mostly to wear under straight cut jeans.

I was recently watching a video with the stylist Charly Goss and she was hilariously going off about outdated ankle boots. According to her, the almond toe is bleccccchhhh and the lower shaft height is gahhhhhh. Awful awful awful. She said that snip toe or very pointy toe is more modern, higher shaft is a must (to which I agree tbh), and a kitten heel better than chunky. I do agree that’s a sharp look.

Now, she was mainly talking about black ankle boots, of which I have none. But it did get me thinking about my neutral ankle boots. I have 3 pairs, all quite short in the shaft. One chunkier sort of curvaceous wedge from Cork-Ease. They’re getting to be too high for comfort, but my mom bought them for me on our last shopping trip together, so I guess I’ve hung onto them for that reason. But I have honestly worn them only a handful of times since she bought them for me in 2014 (!!!).

And then the other 2 pairs: perforated suede from Dolce Vita. Exactly the same style, one in tan and one in light olive green, both with a fun white overpainted detail around the sole. These have been workhorses but they do have that sort of “meh” toe shape. These days I do prefer a more statement shape.

Time to move on? Or best to hang onto neutral, somewhat boring but functional short ankle boots?

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