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The Best Ankle Booties for Women

a view of a woman in brown ankle boots
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Ankle boots (or booties) are a type of shoe that every woman should have in her closet if possible. Since they stop at the ankle, they’re an excellent option for anyone who wants some of the protective coverage or warmth of a boot but not the clunky feel or the full enveloping heat of regular-sized boots. Booties have the advantage of looking great with pants or skirts of any length, unlike taller boots, which may disappear underneath a longer skirt or pant legs. You’ll always be able to show off the entire ankle boot thanks to their shorter size. Booties also come in a wide range of designs and types, so there’s sure to be a pair that fits right in with the rest of anyone’s closet. Whether you’re looking for something sturdy, something chic, something casual, or another style altogether, there’s sure to be a bootie out there that will suit your needs well.

What to Look for in Ankle Booties

Here’s what to think about when buying a pair of ankle booties:

  • Height: The majority of ankle boots will have some sort of a heel. Most of these heels will be on the shorter side, usually between 0.5 inches and 4 inches high. There are some decent flat-heeled options if you’re someone who prefers flat soles to heeled shoes. A bootie with a heel taller than 4 inches will be a harder find but still exist.
  • Color: Like standard boots, most ankle boots will come in neutral shades, mostly blacks, browns, and grays. Don’t be afraid to hold out for something bright or more colorful, however, if that’s what you prefer. You can even find booties that have prints or patterns, which can be a fun option for bringing some flair to a suit or outfit that’s all one solid color.
  • Design: As with many types of shoes, you have a nice variety of design options when it comes to picking your booties. There are booties that lace up, zip, buckle, or slide on. There are solid booties, perforated or cut out booties, and open-toed booties. Booties with round toes and booties with pointed toes. There are hiking booties, wedge booties, mule booties, stiletto booties, and platform booties. There are booties with lace and booties with tassels, booties with fringes, and booties with studs. There are booties with glitter or sequins and booties lined with fur. Whatever design or style option you like in regular heels or boots, odds are you can find something similar in an ankle boot.

Most Color Options: Lucky Brand Women’s Basel Ankle Bootie

It doesn’t get much more classic than this ankle boot, with its timeless silhouette and slightly upturned toe that will never go out of style. This is also an excellent choice for anyone who likes a variety of colors and prints in their booties, as you have 41 different colors from which to choose. Made of 100% imported leather, this bootie has a rubber sole to give you better traction on wet surfaces. It slides on easily thanks to the wide 10-inch opening, with a zipper closure on the inside of each boot. They have a 0.25-inch platform, a comfortable height ideal for those who don’t favor a particularly high heel or aren’t used to walking in tall shoes. This bootie also offers an excellent range of sizes, starting at a size 5 and extending up to size 13. This includes all half sizes and some wide sizes, making it easier for you to find just the right fit for your feet.

Most Color Options

Lucky Brand Women's Basel, Toffee, 9 M US

A classic ankle boot with a low heel and dozens of color options.

Best Wedges: Dr. Scholl’s Women’s Dakota Boot

Wedge heels are one of the most well-known and enduring types of high heels. Many women love the extra inches of height that wedges provide and feel more stable putting their weight on a wider-based heel rather than a pencil-thin one. This bootie combines all the style and advantages of a wedge heel and ankle boot in one fashionable shoe. This model is made of fabric, with a synthetic sole and a memory-foam insole for comfort and to prevent your feet from overheating. The heel measures in at 2.25 inches for some extra height that won’t leave you feeling wobbly. These booties lace up the front with waxed cotton laces that sport a pair of cute, fun tassels for a small, stylish extra detail. Choose from six colors—two subdued but elegant shades of gray, classic black or navy, a deep brown, or a light, subtle olive green. Sizes from 5 to 11 are available, with half sizes available and a wide option in most sizes.

Best Wedges

Dr. Scholl's Shoes womens Dakota Boot, Stucco Microfiber Suede, 8.5 US

A pair of booties that combines all the style and benefits of ankle boots and wedge heels in one.

Best Waterproof: Sorel Women’s Waterproof Ankle Boots

If you’re looking for booties that are on the hardier size, or that you can wear on a hike or as a rain boot, this ankle boot is worth a good long look. These full-grain leather boots are high-quality, luxurious, and durable, with a rubber sole for anti-slip tendencies. The seam-sealed construct is designed to keep out precipitation and water to better protect your feet from the elements and keep them dry and cozy. The leather itself is waterproof as well, so you never need to worry about your feet getting soaked even if you’re caught in a sudden, unexpected downpour. These booties slide or kick on and off quickly, thanks to the wide 12-inch opening that makes it easier to fit your foot inside. These booties are available in nine classic, neutral colors and sizes as small as size 5 and as large as a size 12, including half sizes for a more precise fit.

Best Waterproof

Sorel Women's Emelie Chelsea Boot - Light and Heavy Rain - Waterproof - Quarry, Black - Size 9

A pair of booties that will look and feel luxurious while also providing your feet with heavy-duty waterproof protection.

Best Unique Design: SODA Women’s Perforated Ankle Booties

Lovely and timeless as a classic ankle boot may be, sometimes that isn’t the look you’re after in an ankle boot. If you want a pair of booties with a more modern or unique design, these are the ones for you. Made of strong synthetic material on the uppers and soles, these booties are strategically open along both sides for a modish, one-of-a-kind look. The design is enhanced by the stacked block heel that measures in at 1.5 inches, supported by a 0.25-inch platform that will be easy and gentle on your feet while still adding height. These booties slide on easily, with a 10-inch opening that gives your feet plenty of space to make sliding your new boots on a quick and hassle-free task. These ankle boots may be bought in any size, including half sizes, from 5.5 up to 11.

Best Unique Design

Soda Women's Perforated Cut Out Stacked Block Heel Ankle Booties,Black,8.5

A pair of booties that combine a timeless silhouette with a modern, unique style.

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