Despite my wardrobe being populated with saturated colour, and more than its fair share of cardigans and preppy oxford button downs, this fall I’m really craving a pair of dusky worn ankle boots. There’s something about fall that always makes me want a little rustic contrast in my wardrobe, and while I’ve been wary of short boots in the past (my shorter curvy nature always makes me shy away from things that have the potential to make my legs look any less long) I’ve just seen too many excellent options to stay away much longer. That and I’m constantly haunted by an old Shopping’s My Cardio post when Becki finally decided that she was going to overcome her fears.
So off we trek, with a lovely range of options, and a few notes for when you (and I!) are looking. In my brief, yet tempting, foray into “research” for this post (ie. online window shopping) I was able to define what caught my eye into two broad categories: those that were dusky (via suede) with a feminine tone and a slight heel, and those that were of the classic and/or rugged flat variety.
Common features of that first group? Dusky suede or a roughed up leather are a uniting feature, but what really connects them is an emphasis on detailing at the ankle. Buckles, zippers and tassels all help to keep each of these styles from veering too far into the land of generic and not worth commenting on. I’m a particular fan of those deep olive/army green Rag & Bone Harrows (7), but more practically the greige pair with woven leather by Joie (2) make more sense with the weather that I’m subject to.
And then there are those with a little more substance to them. Pairs from Belle by Sigerson Morrison (10), Dolce Vita (11) & the Frye Engineer 8Rs (13) appeal to my original goal which is a roughed up contrast and call up memories of trying to track down a pair of Frye Engineers with my ever fashionable friend M. While the Madewell Bikers (12) & Chelseas (14) appeal to the ever so slightly more edgy hipster components of my style (…by relative comparison), the classic clean-cut preppy in me though is giving a silent nod of approval to the J.Crew Bookers (8) & Lindsay Plate’s from Frye (9) though, and unsurprisingly they’re also the ones I’m leaning towards.
All of the pretty boots aside, let’s take a minute and talk about fit. My ‘research’ also extended to my traipsing around to a few stores and trying things on. Personally I found that the boots hit one of three places: just below, just at, or about an inch or two above the ankle bone. Now I know that there will be more than a few who argue that the last category shouldn’t count, but hear me out. What you’re looking for is how the boot sits relative to the widest point of your calves. In some instances, if the boot is a touch higher and cut wider at the top, this may actually end up being the most flattering if you have a larger calf. Options that hug right at the ankle can accentuate the shape of your lower leg (depending on ankle/calf proportions), and those that sit just below really ground an outfit as they draw attention down. This can be accented or negated by the physical weight / heel height / construction of the boot. My rule of thumb for low/ankel boots would be that the heel height vs. the height of the boot can be inversely proportional (eg. as the heel height increases, the physical boot height should decrease).
Honestly though, my true loves are the Rag & Bone Durhams (4), I’ve actually gone and visited them at Holts multiple times. They. Are. Excellent. But realistically I think I’m leaning towards an option from Frye, either the sleeker Lindsay Plates (9) or a classic pair of Engineer 8Rs (13) – given the fact that I’ve been a long-term fan of their boots. Then again I may just opt out all together and/or decide that I already own enough boots.
Thoughts, suggestions, or particular boots that are on your radar? Be sure to share with the class in the comments!