A mid heel or a low heel is no longer a sign of practicality, comfort or orthopaedic support. It’s practical, far more comfortable, and probably one step (quite literally) in the right direction when it comes to fashion-forward choices. While we are making the most of 24/7 comfort, don’t forget that kitten-heel ankle boots are a new wave of fashion, and are more likely a result of the trend to tone down a very uptown look, just as staggeringly high stilettos dress up our old Levi jeans. Either way it's good news, and it’s developing rapidly past this basic theory. If Christian Louboutin starts designing shoes that you could theoretically cross train tracks in, then we could all agree that a significant change has been set in motion.
Low-heel ankle boots are a more progressive product of the decline in heeled centimetres. When sneakers, brogues, ballet flats, pointed kitten-heel sandals, or the multifarious variety of mules just won’t cut it, low-heeled ankle boots or mid-heeled ankle boots will be there to sartorially elevate you. Worn with a strong ‘60s influence, you have poster child Alexa Chung to guide you. Worn with a ‘70s grunge-disco elegance you have model Lili Sumner to inspire you. For the modernists amongst us, look no further than the Maison Margiela runway, whose mid-heel ankle boots are one step from becoming art. At Louboutin, this season has welcomed ankle boots with heels that have come down significantly in height, in both block and stiletto shaped heels, all without losing a drop of that famous sex appeal. Yes, Louboutin ankle boots that make as great a companion for hot dates as they do for long days running from work, to the gym, to that new café around the corner and back again.
Does this spell the death of high heels?
No of course not. The world really would spin off its axis. We still love wearing heels that defy the law of gravity, but now we own on-point options that anchor us a little closer to the ground. Jimmy Choo ankle boots have hopped on the bandwagon, keeping the look sexy, but lowering the heel. Sandaled versions appropriate for gowns, fur-lined lace ups for rugged terrain and elegant options for Sloane Street shopping expeditions are just a few of the styles available to fall in love with. Chloé ankle boots, definitely early adopters of low-heel-chic, are the most scuffed-up and over-worn shoes in our wardrobes, most definitely due to the variety and intensity of how we wear them (let’s not forget the three festivals, the trip to Australia, and the time before Uber existed). They go with anything from that floaty dress you brought back from India to the blue suit you wear on days when being sensible is essential.
Friends in reasonably high places.
Brown mid-heel ankle boots have been around for a decade, either thinly disguised as cowboys, as mid-heel Chelsea boots, or vaguely related to equestrian champions. These styles have remained through their wearers, officially reaching 'classic' status, a term too often thrown around, when really it is a hard-working badge of honour. Those suede boots, with a small cubed heel and a flattering ankle length, have saved us on countless occasions and are the reason we leave the house looking somewhat pulled together on Monday mornings. Ankle boots with a heel, not exactly rocket science, but we don’t need rocket science in our wardrobe at 8am daily. What we do need is companions. Companions who guide us through parent-teacher meetings, impromptu dinner parties, weekends with hot new affairs or babysitter-sponsored evenings of freedom. Our new companions are a very gorgeous, straight-from-the-box Ferrari-red pair of Balenciaga mid-height ankle boots. Best friends forever.