We know, we know. There’s a whole world of boot styles available to try right now. There are Western and over-the-knee silhouettes, bright colors, and white pairs that channel ’60s mod, but nothing is as valuable to your wardrobe as an old faithful that never steers you wrong. For us, that’s black ankle boots. Predictable? Sure. Wrong? Absolutely not.
The reason black ankle boots are (almost) never a bad choice is that they have versatility. They’re not the statement piece of the outfit; they’re the best supporting star—the reason any look can come together effortlessly. To drive the point home, allow us to present you with 17 examples of what we mean.
The below is just a sampling of fall outfit ideas that feature black ankle boots. They’re cool, uncomplicated, and ready for copying as soon as possible.
Style Tip: Anna Wintour wears her black ankle boots with jewel tones and animal print. Think about that.
Style Tip: Welcome sheer tights back into your wardrobe this season.
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Style Tip: Update your straight-leg jeans with a fun, colorful coat and graphic sweater like our senior news editor, Erin Fitzpatrick, does in this photo.
Style Tip: Love neon? Your black ankle boots will complement, not compete.
Style Tip: For an of-the-moment look, style rubber lug-sole boots with a cute pair of socks.
Style Tip: No need to choose between slim-leg jeans or a more relaxed fit. Block-heel booties work all the same.