Best new ankle boots autumn/winter 2019
Chic ankle boots are a wardrobe staple - these are the best new season styles
The new season inevitably starts with coats and boots, a lingering ritual from school days perhaps when the dawn of a new academic year was marked with a trip to the local department store to stock up on these staples for the coming year.
With a whole season ahead it makes sense to invest wisely, eschewing one-wear wonders and spending money on items that you'll be happy to don for the next six months - and ideally well into the coming years ahead.
Ankle boots are perhaps one of the most versatile items in a woman's wardrobe, as readily worn with dresses and skirts as trousers and jeans.
The right pair can be worn to work and at weekends, would look as good at a gig as the local garden centre and are fit for stomping around Portobello Road Market or up Parliament Hill.
The best ankle boots for autumn/winter 19 use classic shapes as a blank canvas, incorporating the key footwear trends of the season - lug soles, for instance, or animal print.
These are the best autumn/winter 2019 ankle boots to buy now.
1: £745, Proenza Schouler; 2: £395, Sophia Webster; 3. £495, Loewe; 4. £110, Dune; 5. £625, Miu Miu; 6. £495, Stella McCartney; 7. £685, Prada; 8. £115, Steve Madden
The classic Chelsea boot gets a tough makeover this season. Lug-soled versions look particularly good with cashmere-blend hiking socks and a floaty midi-dress. The best bit? Those chunky soles will provide a handy height boost.
1. £495, Coach x Kaffe Fassett; 2. £405, Isabel Marant; 3. £315, Sandro; 4. £179, Kurt Geiger; 5. £135, & Other Stories; 6. £105, Office; 7. £407, Ganni; 8, £92, Topshop
Home on the range style has been bubbling along for a few seasons now, though pairing western boots with a prairie dress is probably a little too on the nose outside of Instagram. Instead think mini skirt now, switching up for cropped mum jeans and a chunky knit come the cold snap.
1. £129, & Other Stories; 2. £1,100, The Row; 3. £250, Tabitha Simmons x Coach; 4. £95.99, Zara; 5. £580, Rejina Pyo; 6. £175, Arket; 7. £420, Manu Atelier
The beauty of a lace-up boot is the way it can closely fit one's ankle, which usually means it can be worn under even the slimmest of trousers and thus suitably smart for work. These Victorian-inspired booties will look great with midi-skirts as well as skinny or barrel-leg jeans.
1. £135, & Other Stories; 2. £435, Marques'Almeida; 3. £89, Office; 4. £275, Grenson; 5. £369, Sandro; 6. £795, Chloe; 7. £69, Faith; 8. £348, The Kooples
The hiking boot trend that was huge last winter remains strong. If you were too slow on the uptake last time, act now as these shoes look best when slightly broken-in. Our favourite styles combine the function of chunky soles and thick treads with a fashionable twist.
Snake and crocodile print
1. £39, Topshop; 2. £175, Coach; 3. £129, & Other Stories; 4. £370, Rag & Bone; 5. £120 Dune; 6. £65, Faith
Leopard print remains a key trend this season, but it's joined by alternative animal prints: snake and croc. For the best croc-effect, look for a glossy finish that adds the impression of luxury even when you're wearing a high street buy.