By Yuwa Vosper
Recently, several friends helped me move into my apartment. One friend, who handled all the clothing, looked down in my closet and said, “When my husband tells me I have too many shoes, I’m gonna tell him about you.”
For many women – myself included – shoes are their weakness. Stacked in the closet on shoe racks, piled in heaps on the floor, or placed strategically in boxes, most women have endless pairs of shoes. I think it is because despite what clothing size you may wear, shoe size has nothing to do with weight. Your shoes can be shared with your curvy, plus-size, slim, or athletic friends. Shoes just do not discriminate.
Ankle Boot Styles
This fall, it became cooler and I was prepared to do a full feature on boots galore. Then, just as my article on indefinite seasons predicted, it became hot again. However, I noticed that many women were not wearing the traditional knee-high boots but opting for ankle boots. Ankle boots, whether heeled or flat, provide more versatility. They can be worn with day dresses, short skirts, leather leggings, or skinny jeans. Plus, ankle boots come in several styles: combat, fringe, wedge, cowboy, and Chelsea. I’ve noticed many ladies wearing fringe kimonos worn over bohemian day dresses paired with ankles boots – a trendy look that I could appreciate.
How to Wear
Depending on the type of ankle boots, they can be worn with several different ensembles to convey a specific style.
Chelsea Boots: Last year I saw a classmate wearing Chelsea boots – ankle boots with approximately a one-inch low heel that can have either a pointy or square toe. I went out and purchased two pairs, and these became a fall staple that transitioned well into winter. I wore them either rolled over or tucked into my skinny jeans. This look created a British girl cool vibe, especially with an oversize knit cardigan wrap or a tailored peacoat.
Wedge Ankle Boots: This is another versatile style. Pair these boots with a short, fitted skirt and classic shirt to create a modern look that shows just the right amount of leg.
Combat Boots: These were a big trend last season. Out of the entire ankle boot selections, these are the only boots that are adjustable. They can be worn high on the leg with jeans, either laced up or laces tied. If you prefer a shorter style, they can be snapped to foldover. This style can also be laced and high but softens the toughness that combat boots can bring to an ensemble when folded over.
Ankle boots are the best boot style option for the weather right now. Of course, this is Baton Rouge – next week, this all could change. If the weather cools, you can break out your flat, equestrian boots and knee-high tall boots to create the perfect fall wardrobe. And if worse comes to worse, opt for the boots that never go out of style in the South and can withstand any weather: cowboy boots. Cowboy boots don’t have to be ankle to be on trend.