From East Village to West London, the trend that’s travelling: High-Heeled Ankle Boots
You've hit our weakest spot. Nothing gets us more excited than the presence of new-season high-heeled ankle boots. Only today when browsing the delights of Lena Perminova's Instagram, were we confronted with the loveliest pair of strappy heeled ankle boots. A wave of jealousy, love and then desperation followed. She opted for East Village style with blue jeans, a long sleeve t-shirt and of course the shoes that scream 'I got a table at 'Ippodu'.
New York appears to be leading the heeled ankle boots trend, with a style that, regardless of the geographical location of its wearer, has a very downtown vibe. Our very own Rosie Huntington-Whiteley put one very long extended leg out the door in our current favourite, the lace-up chunky heel ankle boots by none other than Gianvito Rossi. The tan suede was a neat match to her LWD (little white dress), as were the impeccably matching flowers in the background. This season, which we have to say is an outstanding one for high-heeled ankle boots, is as diverse as the characters we like to take on throughout the week. Marc Jacobs has space-inspired platform ankle boots that would be perfect for a Friday night out, Jimmy Choo offers brown suede heeled ankle boots that would be a very dignified fit for the family dinner the very next day. Dolce & Gabbana do a version that would work with a wedding gown, its Victorian shape, in lace, is an on-point option for fashionable brides.
Nouveau Baroque, Post-modernist or Futurist?
As we have mentioned before, ankles are the height of chic, maybe even the significant silhouette of our age (think of how the neck was defined in the Edwardian era) and designers have made no signs of moving away from this fave just yet. Fashion week was awash with standout heeled ankle boots, running across one palazzo to the next, hunted by street style photographers for detailed shots of embroidery, lace, exotic skins, sleek unusual shapes, staggeringly high heels or new combinations. When generally unbearable weather strikes at a time when you’re expecting Spring/Summer weather, a smart girl would take advantage of Hunter’s waterproof Chelsea heeled boots, a great solution if we've ever seen one. For the woman who prefers a wedge, Burberry has developed their own take on the suede wedge ankle boots – laced up, open-toed and casual enough to do brunch in.
Black high-heeled ankle boots are on the sexier side of staple. We admit, not as essential as a flattering pair of jeans, but a necessity when needing to impress. A pair of black ankle boots with a heel that is slightly lower, a nice pointed toe to elongate the leg and a pair of sharp black tailored pants. This is a combination that can take you from the office to a dinner date, or just a day of errand running – all while looking put-together and elegant. Black heeled ankle boots add that touch of polish to any outfit, and can transform your cropped jeans into something more. They're also a good decision when packing for a city weekend away. Their uncanny ability to cope with unforeseen climate changes, as well as those moments when you didn't expect it was going to be 'that dressed up' make them worthy travel companions. Tropical holidays, destination weddings or Rome in the summertime are included in the fun. Tabitha Simmons, Oscar de la Renta, Aquazzura and, more recently, Edgardo Osorio for Ferragamo (we could keep this going for a while) have sandal versions of high-heeled ankle boots that wouldn't be out of place at a Brazilian carnival. Needless to say, they are a bright and vibrant option. We highly doubt anybody actually needs any convincing on this subject, just perusing the mytheresa.com page and hoping your size is available is enough for most of us – reading about them is not going to be quite as enjoyable as wearing them.