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When the temperature drops, short boots are the perfect travel solution. This season, your options are better than ever with a variety of trends and colors to choose from.

Shop the best ankle boots for fall – but don’t worry – you can travel with them for just about any cold weather destination all year long!

 

Please note: for extreme arctic weather, read this post.

 


Best Ankle Boots for Fall 2018

Written by: Nikki Landry


 

We are knee-deep in my favorite time of year…boot season! With so many styles and shapes to choose from, it’s easy to get excited about all of the possibilities.

 

Where to Wear Ankle Boots

 

Ankle booties are awesome travel shoes for destinations such as the US, South Africa, Europe, New Zealand, and metropolitan cities around the world. They’re best for moderate to cool temperatures and can be used in the rain as well. However, we don’t recommend them for sub-zero temperatures.

 

If it’s snowing, choose one of these options instead:

 

Short boots are some of the best shoes for travel in cooler climates because they protect your feet from the elements while being easy to pack. They’re great for trips with two weather systems and as a bonus, they’re stylish as well.

 

We love wearing them with dresses especially when your trip calls for varying weather. Learn how here!

 

I rounded up a few of my favorite shoe trends this season to guide you in your search. I geared these selections to travel friendly options, which means I tried to keep them easily packable and with low heels.

 

Here is a quick list of the best ankle boots for fall:

 

 

Keep reading below for a breakdown of the best ankle boots for fall so you can wear them through spring (and beyond):

 


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Clarks Spye Astro

 

Best Comfortable Ankle Boots

 

When you’re in need of a comfortable ankle boot, you can rely on Clarks. This brand is known for its stylish styles you can walk in all day long. The Spye Astro Boot comes in smooth leather, making it the perfect ankle boot for fall.

The wooden heel adds a slight boho touch while the buckles keep it modern. Along with featuring cushion plus technology and an ortholite footbed for added comfort, this classic style makes it easy to wear with skirts, dress, pants, or jeans.

Remember, even comfort shoes from brands like Clarks still need to be broken in. Spend some time wearing them around the house so they conform better to your feet. Buy it here!

 

Clarks is one of the top twenty brands our readers recommend as the best shoes for travel!

 


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Blondo Villa Waterproof Ankle Bootie

 

Best Waterproof Ankle Boots

 

We love the Blondo Villa bootie so much we’ve written a whole shoe review on it! Made from soft suede or leather, this style features a low, stacked heel and textured rubber sole for enhanced traction. you can still feel fashionable on rainy days thanks to these waterproof ankle boots.

Blondo’s Aqua Protect seal guards leather and other materials against water and the harmful effects of calcium and salt. So along with looking stylish, it’s also durable and you won’t have to worry about them getting damaged in the rain.

The black leather style has a black heel and sole for a chic and edgy look. You can literally wear these with everything, from dresses to jeans, and from casual day outing to evening occasions. Buy it here!

 

Watch this video or read my review and find out why the Travel Fashion Girl readers and I love this comfortable boot for travel

 

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Sam Edelman Petty Ankle Boot

 

Best Fashion Ankle Boots

 

For the more adventurous traveler who likes to stay on trend, an animal print option like the Sam Edelman Petty shown above may be the answer to your fashion ankle boot needs.

Leopard print with a calf hair upper adds an interesting texture to your outfits. It can act as a neutral and looks great with just about every color. These are surprisingly versatile, which is why we included them on our list of the best ankle booties.

If reptile is more your speed, croc or snake patterns are also great options. Make sure the shoe is pretty simple so that the print can take center stage.

These prints are timeless so choose a classic boot style to extend the life of your investment! Buy it here!

 

For budget finds, take a look at this round-up!

 

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Lucky Brand Basel Booties

 

Best Ankle Boots Colors

 

I’m a huge fan of colorful shoes, and I buy a new style every season. For a girl who wears simple neutral clothing and little jewelry it’s my way to add personality to my travel outfits.

I wouldn’t wear these styles to any off-road travel destination, but they are great for big city travels. This simple ankle boot by Lucky Brand can be treated as a neutral, and will pair well with any outfit.

Also, the Chelsea boots are a traditional style that’s elevated by the color and interesting details, making them some of the best ankle boots for fall. Buy it here!

 

Metallic sneakers were all over Europe this summer so it makes sense to transform the trend into a weather-friendly shoe! Read more about the best walking shoes for Europe.

 

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Bórn Trinculo Booties

 

Best Buckled Ankle Boots

 

This season’s embellishment of choice seems to be the buckle when it comes to the best ankle boots for fall. You can find them on heels, ballet flats, oxfords, and, of course, the most stylish booties.

They look great in multiples placed on classic black ankle boots for a moto feel or as a shiny addition to a simple shoe. The wrap over design of the Trinculo booties shown above is especially popular this season.

It’s an easy way to add a masculine edge to your jeans and t-shirt travel ensemble. For a chic look, wear this style with a tailored wool coat and skinny jeans.

This season, I’ve noticed a lot of crossover and mixing of styles. If you really want to dive into this season’s trends, find a boot style that combines more than one trendy element! Buy it here!

 

Not sure what clothes to use with them? Here’s how to wear ankle boots.

 

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Dolce Vita Tessey Boot

 

Best Ankle Boots under $100

 

We’re all on the hunt for a great pair of booties, but at what cost? The Dolce Vita Tessey proves that classic wardrobe staples come in affordable packages.

This pointed toe, slip on style looks great with leggings, jeans, and skirts. Like most boots, the pointed toe will need some break in time before you try and wear them for an extended period of walking. This style is trendy because it’s not only practical it can easily create a dressier look as well.

If you are looking for a dressy boot option, the block heel style is low enough for long days, but also gives you a little lift. The extended ankle shaft is another fun trend to incorporate into your travel wardrobe. Buy it here!

 

Check out our top product picks for the perfect autumn winter boots for women that are under $100!

 

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Teva W Delavina Ankle Boot

 

Best Outdoor Ankle Boots

 

We are big fans of the Teva W Delavina boot, as you can see in our review of it, so it’s not surprising that we also love the ankle boot version. Teva may largely be known for its sandals, but its boots are just as comfortable!

The Delavina is outfitted in rich, waterproof leather so you can wear these throughout fall and winter. These are particularly great outdoor ankle boots due to the rugged, moto style. You won’t have to worry about slipping in mud with these durable, fall ankle boots.

Pair these with jeans or travel pants for short walks and treks in the great outdoors. Your feet will stay comfy all day! Buy it here!

 

Find out our readers’ picks for the best black ankle boots for travel!

 


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Cole Haan Hayes Flat Ankle Bootie

 

Best Leather Ankle Boots

 

For a classic, flat, leather ankle boot, we love the Cole Haan Hayes. The zipper on the side makes it easy to slip on and off, while the slight heel offers support for long days of walking.

The sleek leather makes this modern style perfect for traveling as you can wear it with just about anything. Plus, this timeless silhouette will be in style for years to come!

Remember, even the best leather boots need a chance to conform to your foot shape. Wear these with thick socks if you need to stretch out a bit. Buy it here!

 

Take a look at our top picks for the best women’s leather boots!

 

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Josef Seibel Sienna Boots

 

Best Lace Up Ankle Boots

 

Another shoe trend that I’ve added to my own closet, the lace up ankle boot is a menswear inspired style that brings a masculine look to your travels. I recently brought mine on a trip to Copenhagen, and it was an interesting addition to my wardrobe.

I love to wear them with button down shirts and jeans, and the higher ankle shaft combines well with crew length socks. For an added touch of style, let a patterned sock peek out of the top of the boot. I love that this classic, masculine style Sienna boot has made it onto the list of our favorite fall booties. Buy it here!

 

We love lace up boots. See more in our post about boots for fall and winter!

 


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Cougar Connect Boot

 

Best Versatile Ankle Boots

 

Run out the door and take your style on the road, no matter the weather, with the Connect double zip booties. These are the best versatile ankle boots thanks to the neutral suede style, zip feature, and short heel.

This boot is also waterproof, which adds to its versatility. Not only do they make for the best fall ankle boots, but they also can transition to winter and spring. In spring, pair them with skirts and in fall and winter skinny black jeans. Buy it here!

 

For a dressier feel, throw on gold stud earrings and a killer leather jacket!

 

 

Here is a quick review of the best ankle boots for fall:

BRAND / MODEL REVIEW RATING / PRICE
Clarks Spye Astro Best Comfortable Ankle Boots
- This brand is known for its stylish styles you can walk in all day long. The Spye Astro Boot comes in smooth leather, making it the perfect ankle boot for fall.

Check Price
Blondo Villa Waterproof Ankle Bootie Best Waterproof Ankle Boots
- Made from soft suede or leather, this style features a low, stacked heel and textured rubber sole for enhanced traction. you can still feel fashionable on rainy days thanks to these waterproof ankle boots.

Check Price
Sam Edelman Petty Ankle Boot Best Fashion Ankle Boots
- For the more adventurous traveler who likes to stay on trend, an animal print option like the Sam Edelman Petty shown may be the answer to your fashion ankle boot needs.

Check Price
Lucky Brand Basel Booties Best Ankle Boots Colors
- I wouldn’t wear these styles to any off-road travel destination, but they are great for big city travels. This simple ankle boot by Lucky Brand can be treated as a neutral, and will pair well with any outfit.

Check Price
Bórn Trinculo Booties Best Buckled Ankle Boots
- They look great in multiples placed on classic black ankle boots for a moto feel or as a shiny addition to a simple shoe. The wrap over design of the Trinculo booties shown above is especially popular this season.

Check Price
Dolce Vita Tessey Boot Best Ankle Boots under $100
- We’re all on the hunt for a great pair of booties, but at what cost? The Dolce Vita Tessey proves that classic wardrobe staples come in affordable packages.

Check Price
Teva W Delavina Ankle Boot Best Outdoor Ankle Boots
- The Delavina is outfitted in rich, waterproof leather so you can wear these throughout fall and winter. These are particularly great outdoor ankle boots due to the rugged, moto style. You won’t have to worry about slipping in mud with these durable, fall ankle boots.

Check Price
Cole Haan Hayes Flat Ankle Bootie Best Leather Ankle Boots
- The sleek leather makes this modern style perfect for traveling as you can wear it with just about anything. Plus, this timeless silhouette will be in style for years to come!

Check Price
Josef Seibel Sienna Boots Best Lace Up Ankle Boots
- Another shoe trend that I’ve added to my own closet, the lace up ankle boot is a menswear inspired style that brings a masculine look to your travels. I recently brought mine on a trip to Copenhagen, and it was an interesting addition to my wardrobe.

Check Price
Cougar Connect Boot Best Versatile Ankle Boots
- Run out the door and take your style on the road, no matter the weather, with the Connect double zip booties. These are the best versatile ankle boots thanks to the neutral suede style, zip feature, and short heel.

Check Price

 


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Author Bio: Niki is an interior designer and artist from Louisiana. In addition to her design work, she writes for local and online publications sharing her experiences and passion for travel. Niki is currently adding stamps to her passport while building her design practice, Niki Landry Designs.

 


 

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