From chunky to lace-up, heels to flats, we round up the best black boots to buy now
When it comes to autumn, there are a few basic items that everyone should have in their wardrobe: a quality trench coat, a gigantic blanket scarf and a solid normal pair of black ankle boots. What makes a boot 'normal'? Glad you asked. A normal boot is simple and anonymous enough that you’re never worried about repeating; you could wear the same boots every day without thinking twice. It's unfussy, sturdy, often black, and versatile. And for autumn, when the weather can switch from a glorious Indian summer to hard sheets of rain in the space of a few hours, it’s about footwear that is prepared for anything.
While boot trends come and go (remember uggs?), the humble black ankle boot remains a favourite every year - a staple if you will. They can be relied on to get you through every sartorial situation imaginable: chunky, stompy boots can be worn while partaking in your new-found love for hiking, or to toughen up those summer floral dresses you're just not ready to pack away, while a patent, heeled boot is as much at home in an office environment as it is on the weekend. Consider it the ole faithful of your wardrobe.
Still, just because they are necessary doesn’t mean they have to be boring. This year, black ankle boots come in all shapes and sizes. While the chunky stomper boot reign supreme this season, there are also Western styles, round the clock pairs and ones that will you through to the evening time, too. In short, without a pair of ankle boots, your closet is incomplete. Which is all the more reason to invest in a really, really good pair that’s both exciting and durable enough to withstand your daily life.
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Ahead, you'll find our breakdown of the best black ankle boots out there, all at a variety price points and styles. Keep scrolling to uncover your perfect pair—and complete your winter wardrobe once and for all.
Kurt Geiger London Burlington Ankle Boot, €185, SHOP
ZARA Flat Ankle Boots With Chain, €39.95, SHOP
Prada Monolith recycled-nylon combat boots, €1255, SHOP
MANGO Pointed Heel Ankle Boot, €49.99, SHOP
MAJE Leather Cowboy Boots, €335, SHOP
BOTTEGA VENETA Rubber-trimmed leather Chelsea boots, €890, SHOP
OFFICE Ace Chunky Sole Lace Up Ankle Boots, €65, SHOP
SAINT LAURENT West leather ankle boots €795, SHOP
DUNE Brogue Detail Chelsea Ankle Boots, €135, SHOP
GRENSON Nanette shearling-trimmed leather ankle boots, €342.12, SHOP
TOPSHOP HAMMOND Black Sock Boots, €68, TOPSHOP
Jimmy Choo Saber 65 stretch-knit ankle boots, €750, SHOP
ZARA Leather High-Heel Platform Ankle Boots, €139, SHOP
AEYDE Kate leather ankle boots, €325, SHOP
COS CHUNKY LEATHER CHELSEA BOOTS, €190, SHOP
UGG Noe Ankle Boots, €170, SHOP
Stradivarius Stretch flat ankle boots with track soles, €45.99, SHOP
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