So you thought ankle boots would be on their way out by now? No chance. the ankle boots, like skinny jeans and biker jackets, is a key item that just keeps on giving. And given that many of us now have a wardrobe built around items that will work with ankle boots, that’s not such a bad thing.
For pre-season, this means it’s all about the update and for resort (pre-summer) 2017, there are updates aplenty. To make it easy for you: think snakeskin or leopard; think wide or fitted; think longer or shorter; think kitten heel; think ultra-patterned; think nude tones.
Will that do? Of course not. Here’s some more detail…
Shape shifters: The dominant shape is evolving as we see a move to the extremes. There are more pointed toes this pre-season and lengths that move closer to mid-calf or down into shoe-boot territory (although there are still plenty of classic ankle lengths). The timeless Chelsea boot shape is a popular option and the newest heels are either flat or kittenish. In another sign of silhouette extremism, the fitted sock boot stays relevant but a wider retro style is also key, occasionally heading towards cowboy boot style.
Pattern power: Designers this pre-season extend their love of patterns from clothing to footwear and ankle boots are the perfect foil for this. That means decorative stitching, numerous floral variations, totally faux or realistic animal prints (leopard, snake and zebra especially), spots and abstracts. While pattern isn’t new for high-end boots, some of these ideas have a stronger chance of influencing the mainstream as they have a strong commercial strand running through them.
Colour statement: Pink or blue are the colours of choice for pre-season and the more intense, the better. Designers are cranking up the colour saturation and adding even more to the effect with materials that shimmer and shine or by contrasting power colour with black. Interestingly though, there’s also a nude strand running through pre-season’s colour story with plenty of nude tones making an impact more through shine or on-trend silhouettes.
Strap happy: Multiple straps are key for footwear generally this pre-season and they turn up on ankle boots too as a major decorative update (and I really do mean decorative because in most cases, the4se straps really aren’t there for functionality). They look tough but with a luxe edge, especially when cut from contrasting (and highly decorative) materials.
Lace lovers: Lace-up boots have moved on from the Victoriana or recent seasons to using lacing as a decorative device on a wider range of styles. That means the tough and sporty as well as the elegant and especially the almost-shoe-boot where lacing feels very natural.
Cutouts: Is it a boot or is it a sandal? And does anyone really care? Whatever it is, designers made a statement with a boot that came with thong post at the front leaving the toes free, a simply open toe atop a contrast platform or cutout detail at the heel. It’s an on-trend way to transition from warm to cooler weather (and back again).