"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways." I'm pretty sure Elizabeth Barrett Browning was thinking about ankle booties when she wrote this powerful poem. If, in fact, I did count the ways, I'd never stop writing. But the main reason I love them? Their versatility. You can wear them during every single season, and they go with absolutely everything.
You know how people get excited about sandal weather? Like finally, it's warm enough to let our toes roam free in sandals, and we can say goodbye to socks for a solid few months? Well, I kind of feel the exact opposite. Living in a city like New York, garbage, dirt and you know, germs lurk everywhere. I officially stopped wearing sandals for about two months after I accidentally stepped into a puddle in the middle of summer, on a 90 degree day. I quietly whimpered, walked into a coffee shop, and wiped my poor foot. I then solemnly swore to stay away from any open-toed shoe of any kind.
Enter, the ankle bootie. Not only do they look super chic, but they protect your feet from the evils of dirt, pee, poop, and everything else this city wants to throw at you. Want to wear jeans? No problem. A skirt? You got it. A dress? Even better! Booties literally go with everything, and are dressed up enough for practically any occasion, whether you've got a date, or have to run to a meeting.
So while I won't be listing all the reasons I love booties, I will be listing 31 pairs of booties that you'll never get tired of wearing. Consider them your solemates. Get it?
1. The Slit
A pair of fun socks make these boots even more amazing.
A classic suede bootie like this will become your go-to shoe.
Obsessed with the little heel on this one — it gives you just a touch of extra height.
If you're looking to throw it back to the '90s and add some edge to your outfit, these boots are for you.
'Cause sometimes, your feet want to boogie, too.
6. The Chelsea
A pointed toe plus a Chelsea style make this the ultimate chic ankle bootie.
When it's raining, but you still gotta add some height, these boots are your answer.
8. The Neutral
For a crisp fall day. Or spring. Or winter. Heck, even summer!
9. Red Suede
How cool are these for the transitioning months between fall and winter?
Thick heels are way better on your feet than skinny ones, plus they'll still give you some height. Win-win!
11. Blush Pink
Who doesn't need a little patterned pink in their life?
12. Lace Up
A wooden block heel equals ultimate comfort.
13. For Dress Up
For when you've got a more formal event to attend.
14. '70s Feels
Flower power to the rescue.
Hardware is perhaps my favorite thing in an accessory or shoe, and this boot does not disappoint.
Hello, beautiful. These will definitely be a summer staple for me.
17. The Cutout
The heel gives you just enough height to avoid the icky streets.
Neutrals really never looked so good.
19. The Low Chunk
If these don't make you want to go out and kick ass, I don't know what will.
For Western lovers — these are for you.
21. Peek A Boo
Why not show off a little ankle?
22. Burgundy Beauty
This deep red color is too beautiful to resist.
23. The Front Zip
Just as easy to put on as it is to take off!
24. Super Low
Love the perforated leather on this bootie.
Why go straight when you can go scallop?
26. Double Buckle
With a block heel and gorgeous hardware, this is the perfect modern-day bootie.
27. The Mule
When you want to show some skin, but also keep your toes warm.
28. All Suede
How chic do these look with a pleated skirt like this?
29. Clean & Simple
These are literally the perfect ankle boots.
30. The Front Dip
A little dip in the front is a lot flirty.
There are so many reasons to love this comfy bootie, but the fact that you can wear it in the rain makes it a must-have for winter and spring's unexpected showers.
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