22 Best Ankle Boots for Women

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Boot season is officially here. If you’re looking to add a new pair to your closet, consider the timeless ankle boot. Notably, the silhouette is incredibly versatile. On days when you just can’t decide what to wear, you can reach for ankle boots to add a cool-girl touch to even the most basic outfits. Ankle boots look great with skinny jeans tucked into them or peeking out from underneath wide-leg pants. And, they can even add boho vibes (a la a suede pair) or a touch of edge (via a combat-style option) to flirty skirts and dresses.

When shopping for your perfect pair of ankle boots, first think about style. Do you want a classic silhouette with a rounded toe or something more daring like a style with a pointed or blunt square toe? Ankle boots also come in a range of colors and material, so you’ll want to consider those factors as well during your search. A classic black leather ankle boot continues to be a fall favorite, but any neutral-toned version is a strong move. And for those who love to make a statement, a metallic look can easily become a new go-to.

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Your search for the best ankle boots wouldn’t be complete without considering functionality, however. Keep in mind that a flat boot may be easier to walk in for hours on your feet. If you’re looking for something with a little lift, you can also keep things comfortable by opting for a style with a sturdy block or sleek kitten heel. Any style with a cushioned sole and ankle support will also help keep feet happy throughout the day.

Note that in rainy climates, you should choose a waterproof option.

As for plus-size women, who may have wide calves, finding affordable-yet-chic options can be a headache. But we’ve got you covered in this department.

Last but not least, don’t forget to invest in some socks. The rule of thumb is to choose something that doesn’t show (a.k.a. mid-calf, ankle or no show-socks).

Below, shop 22 of the best ankle boots for women, and pick up a pair (or two) for yourself before they sell out.

Dr. Martens Jadon 8 Eye Boots

Best Combat-Style Boot

Haven’t you heard? Dr. Martens are officially back. The iconic ‘90s trend is making the Instagram rounds, and for good reason. The shoes’ clunky soles will add a punk rock touch to floral mini dress or jeans and tee combo. For just under $200, these are bound to be heavy in your rotation.

Credit: Courtesy of Zappos
Credit: Courtesy of Zappos

Courtesy of Zappos


Buy:
Dr. Martens Jadon 8 Eye Boots
$180


Rocket Dog Soundoff Boot

Best Ankle Boot for Wide Calves & Feet

This everyday brown boot from Rocket Dog is a great buy for the money. Thanks to its wide opening and what customers call a roomy fit, the boot is even great for people with wide feet or calves. Their soles come in the perfect shade of brown (not too light or too dark), making them easy to style for day or night. As we transition into autumn, pair them with something form-fitting like skinny jeans or leggings to balance out the relaxed fit.

Credit: Courtesy of Amazon
Credit: Courtesy of Amazon

Courtesy of Amazon


Buy:
Rocket Dog Soundoff Boot
$39-$59


Jeossy Ankle Boots

Best Low Heel Boot

This Amazon favorite is a great casual black boot, featuring a vegan leather upper and side zipper for easy entry. The classic ankle design paired with the barely-there heel make it a perfect pick for your next business trip or weekend outing.

Credit: Courtesy of Amazon
Credit: Courtesy of Amazon

Courtesy of Amazon


Buy:
Jeossy Ankle Boots
$43-$45


Steve Madden Moira Sand Suede

Best Trendy Ankle Boot

According to fall ’21 runways, this season is all about cool-girl boots with a classic thick sole and fresh feminine edge. Go for a pair done in a light pink or sand color like this style from Steve Madden. Not only will it instantly brighten up any look, but it will also pair well closet staples you’re already wearing like mini dresses, mom jeans and skinny jeans. The style’s elastic sock band forms to your ankle, which reviewers say make these some of the comfiest boots you can own.

Credit: Courtesy of Steve Madden
Credit: Courtesy of Steve Madden

Courtesy of Steve Madden


Buy:
Steve Madden Moira
$149


Raye Tanna Bootie

Best Kitten Heel Ankle Boot

We love that a kitten heel is chic but not overstated. Try out the look with these eye-catching suede booties from celeb-loved shoe label Raye. They’re a slightly higher-end pick at $250, but with all the use you’ll get out of them, they’re well worth the investment. Case in point: The boots will add effortlessly boho vibes to nearly everything in your closet, from flowy maxi dresses to denim cutoffs.

Credit: Courtesy of Revolve
Credit: Courtesy of Revolve

Courtesy of Revolve


Buy:
Raye Tanna Bootie
$248


Dr. Scholl’s Mania Boot

Best Wedged Ankle Boot

A wedge bootie is an excellent option if you want a little height but aren’t willing to commit to a traditional heel. These lightweight, flexible slip-ons comes in two neutral shades: brown and black. So take your pick and don’t be surprised if they become your new favorite.

Credit: Courtesy of DSW
Credit: Courtesy of DSW

Courtesy of DSW


Buy:
Dr. Scholl's Mania Boot
$130


Marc Fisher Raila Bootie

Best Snakeskin Ankle Boot

One easy way to dress up a basic outfit is to add in an animal print boot. This snakeskin pair will instantly add a sophisticated touch to jeans and a button-up for your next meeting or with an LBD for date night.

Credit: Courtesy of DSW
Credit: Courtesy of DSW

Courtesy of DSW


Buy:
Marc Fisher Raila Bootie
$89
$59


Dolce Vita Huey Booties

Best Versatile Ankle Boot

Complete with a chunky rubber sole and croc-embossed upper, these versatile booties are elevated but not too fancy. They pair best with ankle-cut jeans that stop right at the top of the boot so you can see the full look. Add a silk top for a night out or a printed shirt for a weekend brunch.

Credit: Courtesy of Dolce Vita
Credit: Courtesy of Dolce Vita

Courtesy of Dolce Vita


Buy:
Dolce Vita Huey Booties
$140


Timberland Courmayeur Valley Water Resistant Hiking Boot

Best Hiking Ankle Boot

Equal parts rugged and stylish, these must-have Timberland hiking boots are made with a sturdy sole, cushioned footbed and a water-resistant finish. We won’t blame you if you wear them off the trail, too.

Credit: Courtesy of Nordstrom
Credit: Courtesy of Nordstrom

Courtesy of Nordstrom


Buy:
Timberland Courmayeur Valley Boot
$160


Chinese Laundry Finn Ankle Boot

Best Pointed-Toe Boot

An exaggerated pointed-toe bootie will add a little je ne sais quoi to your OOTD. French girls are known for that effortlessly thrown-together look which, more often than not, includes an ankle boot like this one from Chinese Laundry. It comes in five wear-with-everything colorways and one standout print.

Credit: Courtesy of Amazon
Credit: Courtesy of Amazon

Courtesy of Amazon


Buy:
Chinese Laundry Finn Boot
$27-$109


Coach Lorimer Bootie

Best Luxury Combat Boot

This new design from Coach is on the pricier side, but with fashion-forward details like gold hardware and a double stitched design, you can’t go wrong.

Credit: Courtesy of Coach
Credit: Courtesy of Coach

Courtesy of Coach


Buy:
Coach Lorimer Bootie
$250


Chloé Susanna Studded Leather Ankle Boots

Best Embellished Boot

By now, you already know that ankle boots are a staple. If you’re going to pull the trigger on a designer pair, this black leather studded pair from Chloé is an excellent choice. A-listers like Miranda Kerr and Heidi Klum both own the style — need we say more?

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Credit: Courtesy of Net-a-Porter

Courtesy of Net-a-Porter


Buy:
Chloé Susanna Ankle Boots
$1,380


Sam Edelman Nina Combat Boot

Best All-White Ankle Boot

A bright white boot always adds an unexpected pop of freshness to your look. These synthetic leather lace-ups are more understated than your usual heavy combat boots thanks to a thin, lightweight sole. Dress them up with a cocktail dress or pare them down with your favorite casual denim pieces.

Credit: Courtesy of Sam Edelman
Credit: Courtesy of Sam Edelman

Courtesy of Sam Edelman


Buy:
Sam Edelman Nina Combat Boot
$150


Free People New Frontier Western Boot

Best Western Ankle Boot

Lean into the cowgirl trend without veering into cheesy costume territory with this western-style option from Free People. Subtle appliqué details and a flattering slim fit ensure these will blend seamlessly into your closet. Casually tuck your baggy jeans into them or pair the boots with a flouncy skirt instead.

Credit: Courtesy of Free People
Credit: Courtesy of Free People

Courtesy of Free People


Buy:
Free People New Frontier Western Boot
$148


Bella Vita Wilma Bootie

Best Square-Toe Ankle Boot

To switch things up, try a square toe instead of a pointed toe look. With its minimalist, elegant design, a square-toe bootie will instantly elevate your trousers and sweater combos. This version from Bella Vita is available in three moody neutral finishes: black leather, black suede and gray. Bonus: Its thick block heel is practical and comfortable for walking.

Credit: Courtesy of DSW
Credit: Courtesy of DSW

Courtesy of DSW


Buy:
Bella Vita Wilma Bootie
$119


Vagabond Shoemakers Dioon Bootie

Best Platform Ankle Boot

For those of you that gravitate towards a black boot with a rounded toe, this is your classic boot with modern edge. The lugged platform sole is rugged and will lend you extra height.

Credit: Courtesy of Nordstrom
Credit: Courtesy of Nordstrom

Courtesy of Nordstrom


Buy:
Vagabond Shoemakers Dioon Bootie
$160


Isabel Marant Leyane Boots

Best Statement Ankle Boot

Metallic boots are a bold choice, but one worth making. Think of silver or gold the same way you would a neutral (they go well with patterns, solids and colors). That’s why investing in a designer pair makes sense. Isabel Marant is a French label that celebs love, so it’s no wonder these metallic snakeskin leather booties caught our eye.

Credit: Courtesy of Neiman Marcus
Credit: Courtesy of Neiman Marcus

Courtesy of Neiman Marcus


Buy:
Isabel Marant Leyane Boots
$1,395


Naturalizer Val Boot

Best Cold-Weather Ankle Boot

Forget about sacrificing performance for style when it comes to winter boots. This pair from Naturalizer offers the best of both worlds. Trimmed with faux fur and packed with heat-retention technology, the boots are a no-brainer for surviving the harshest of weather. And, they look great with leggings, jeans and even your snow pants for après ski activities.

Credit: Courtesy of Nordstrom
Credit: Courtesy of Nordstrom

Courtesy of Nordstrom


Buy:
Naturalizer Val Boot
$180


Ugg Classic Ultra Mini Shearling Bootie

Best Casual Ankle Boot

Love them or hate them, Uggs are here to stay. Luckily, you can get away with wearing the slipper hybrids outside these days. For in-between temperatures, you’ll want these cozy low-cut Uggs in your arsenal. Wear them with leggings on your way to yoga or joggers on a lazy Sunday.

Credit: Courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue
Credit: Courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue

Courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue


Buy:
Ugg Classic Ultra Mini
$140


Sorel Harlow Rain Boot

Best Waterproof Ankle Boot

If you live in a climate where rain is a regular occurrence, weatherproof boots are a must. These side-zip ankle booties are made with moisture-wicking, full-grain leather to withstand the elements and a molded-rubber outsole to keep feet dry. An included memory-fit footbed is also supportive for walking long distances.

Credit: Courtesy of Amazon
Credit: Courtesy of Amazon

Courtesy of Amazon


Buy:
Sorel Harlow Rain Boot
$60-$190


Journee Collection Gwenn Bootie

Best Leopard Print Boot

Leopard print anything is always in style. A cool cut-out detail at the ankle makes these boots look way more expensive than they actually are. Plus, they feature a Comfort Foam insole to fight off foot fatigue as you go about your day.

Credit: Courtesy of DSW
Credit: Courtesy of DSW

Courtesy of DSW


Buy:
Journee Collection Gwenn Bootie
$60


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