Best Ankle Boots Reviewed & Rated
Ankle booties might just be the perfect shoe. Comfortable, modern and chic, they’re easy to transition from season to season and can look different with every outfit. From beautiful high heeled booties to those more rugged styles that are comfort-oriented, makers are constantly upping their game, trying to produce the right combination of fashion and practicality. Our list will closely look at all the features a pair can offer, helping you make a purchase you will be happy with for a long time.
In a Hurry? The test winner after 105 hrs of research
- Speed Limit 98 Rosa
- Forever Buckle Strap
- Teva Foxy
- Sorel 1964 Premium
- Dansko Maria
- Dr. Martens 1460
- Lucky Brand Basel
- Sam Edelman Petty
- Top Moda Polish Military
- Sorel Lea
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
Top 10 Picks
1. Speed Limit 98 Rosa
This hot little number keeps a bit of sexy combined with versatility in the Speed Limit 98 Rosa. It's a lace-up bootie in synthetic faux leather design, with a platform 5-inch heel makes it super sexy and sleek, but protective from cooler weather. It keeps a bit of funky flair with a square toe, and the platform design is intended for walking with its midfoot contact point, which can help with stabilizing and balance. With a variety of basic colors, it can be suited to many different styles of outfits!Read more
If you’re looking for something with some height, the Speed Limit 98 Rosa has a 2-inch platform and 5-inch heel, so you can stand tall without being off balance. The platform is designed with the midfoot in line with the heel, and slightly elevated toe, so when walking, you can keep your balance and gait with ease. The funky square toe will give some added flair, but also a bit more toe room, so you can wear longer than pointed toe shoes.
The Speed Limit 98 Rosa is designed from all synthetic materials, so no animal products are used in the making of the shoe. Faux leather uppers give it warmth and a luxe look, while lace-up vamp keeps your feet snuggly inside. Great for pairing with jeans, leggings, or skirts and dresses, it’s quite versatile for any attire, especially as fall rolls around!
Cost and Value
A budget friendly option on our list, the Speed Limit 98 Rosa combines sexy, funky fashion sense with versatility. If you’re in search of a new pair for the fall with a bit more character and height, this one is a sure bet to turn heads, and have you falling in love. Select your favorite color for fall, and enjoy fall evenings in style!
2. Forever Buckle Strap
Low Chunky Heel
The Forever Buckle Strap gives some urban military style flair to the lower heel, but still keeps a plush look and feel about it. With a slight platform to make them a bit more comfortable, it has a 3-inche chunky heel, with faux leather uppers, and buckle closures. Available in a multitude of colors, as well as suede or polished leather, you’re sure to find one to fall in love with.Read more
The Forever Buckle Strap keeps 3 buckles on the uppers of the shoe to wrap the foot, and keep the fit adjustable to a degree. The buckles help give it an urban military flair, and inside zipper makes it easy to get on and off. The heel has a small look for the heel strap that wraps to the front, helping to keep it in place and the fit perfect.
Available in faux leather that can either have the textures of suede or polished leather, the Forever Buckle Strap keeps a luxe look without use of animal products. Rounded toe gives it a comfortable fit, and a low stacked, chunky heel adds stability for longer duration of wear or walking. Great for several styles of outfits, it’s perfect for outings in the city or casual evenings with friends.
Cost and Value
Another quite budget friendly option, it’s similar in price to our number one on this list, and available in several color varieties and leather textures. A lower chunky heel helps make these comfortable for all day wear or walking, and buckle strap closures give it an urban flair. Pair with jeans, or leggings with jean jackets or long plaid flannels for your next evening out!
3. Teva Foxy
- Nubuck Leather Upper
- Textile Lining
- Moderate Cushioning
- Leather Wrapped Midsole
- Traction Patterned Rubber Outsole
- Will Need A Breaking In Period
- Scuffs Easily
Teva is a brand that has long been synonymous with comfort and function. The brand focuses on athletic footwear made for performance, then brings that innovation and technology into more street and fashion oriented foot apparel that's made so as to offer beautiful style and excellent functionality. This Foxy pair is the perfect example of Teva’s intentions to blend the distinction between chic and casual through a versatile design that is sure to get you plenty of compliments from your coworkers, friends, and family.Read more
Soft Nubuck Leather
The buffed leather upper will provide you with a soft and adaptable fit that will wear in and mold to your foot shape after just a couple of wears, while the natural leather is a great choice if you need breathable footwear that doesn't get too hot. The printed textile lining will aid airflow, keeping you fresh and cool even after hours of wear.
Leather Wrapped Midsole
This pair features a midsole that is leather wrapped so that you get a style that is not only supportive and comfortable, with moderate cushioning that is just the right amount, but even more, you will be getting a durable pair of shoes that will look good in any setting. The rubber outsole will provide long wear without thinning or cracking, providing great traction on most surfaces.
Cost and Value
They rank average on this list based on price and are a style that is very versatile and wearable for any occasion. They will provide good comfort and traction, and are even available in a waterproof version if you need a pair that will prevent you from getting wet in the rain or snow.
4. Sorel 1964 Premium
- Technical Tread Lends Functionality
- Waterproof Even In Rain
- Superior Comfort
- High quality construction
- Attractive and modern style
- Runs ½ Size Big
Sorel has long been known for their waterproof rain and snow footwear. Always providing excellent quality, their newer line doesn’t sacrifice any of the technical function you’ve come to expect. This waterproof model provides great traction in slippery situations, excellent rain and snow protection thanks to the rubber foot, and a leather upper that is both warm and protective. You will especially love the molded footbed which ensures premium comfort.Read more
The standout feature is the function this pair offers. Designed for rainy weather, you can rest assured you’ll stay dry even after spending hours in the wet. The seam sealed construction ensures a fully waterproof design that will stand the test of any amount of rainfall, while the insulated lining will keep you warm and cozy.
They are a great choice if you want something sturdy, waterproof, and comfortable enough to wear for long hours in cold weather. Comfort rated down to an amazing -40 degrees Fahrenheit, they are an excellent pair of footwear for anyone looking at cold winters. The herringbone outsole provides secure traction even on slippery surfaces meaning that you can wear these with the confidence of knowing you’re safely on your feet.
Cost and Value
Sorel is known for their high-quality footwear and the longevity of their products, and this model is no exception. While these aren’t the cheapest pair on this list, ranking quite high compared to other items, you can rest assured that with this pair you get the quality you pay for. With proper care, they will give you years of comfort and reliability.
5. Dansko Maria
- Rocker Bottom For Energy Return
- Great Arch Support
- Stain Resistant Upper
- Rounded Toe Box
- Non-Slip Sole
- More Narrow Than Other Dansko Styles
- Not Waterproof
If you are looking for a pair that is both stylish and super comfortable, the Dansko Maria might just be the best option for you. Made by the brand nurses swear by, they have one of the best soles you will find in any shoe, featuring a rocker bottom and plenty of arch support with great stability and a non-slip outsole that will keep you sure-footed even on the slipperiest of surfaces.Read more
Accepted by the American Podiatric Medical Association as promoting foot health - you will feel this in the support they provide in the arch, the rounded toe that will allow your toes to spread out and evenly distribute weight, while the PU rocker bottom ensures good shock absorption and good energy return.
Stain Resistant Upper
They come in a leather as well as a nubuck version, and both are a great choice for those who need a pair that is easy to clean and that won’t stain easily. Caring for them is relatively simple, seeing that you will only need to wipe with a damp cloth and dry them away from direct heat and sunlight.
Cost and Value
They rank average on this list when it comes to price, but are one of the most valuable items on the list, seeing that they provide a classic style and a durable make that will serve you for years to come. You will especially appreciate the fact that these are comfortable and slip resistant, and will be wanting to wear them throughout the year.
6. Dr. Martens 1460
- Wide Variety Of Colors
- Abrasion, Oil, Fat & Slip Resistant Outsole
- 7 Inch Shaft
- Full Grain Leather Upper
- A Bit Heavy
- Not Completely Waterproof
This is one of the most recognizable styles on this list. Built to last and to offer a comfortable fit, this footwear are the perfect choice for anyone who wants to stand out while retaining a classic and simple look. Made with a full grain leather upper and an air-cushioned rubber sole, they are not only a fashion statement but also one of the most functional work attire you can purchase. And they’ll last for years to come!Read more
The bottom utilizes the Goodyear Welt construction method, ensuring their durability and longevity. The thick, rubber perimeter is punctuated by an iconic yellow stitch that has become a staple of Dr. Martens. The sole is abrasion resistant, as well as slip resistant on wet and oily surfaces, so you can rest assured you’ll always have a secure footing and excellent traction.
Genuine Leather Upper
The upper of the 1460 is made out of genuine leather in a wide variety of colors and finishes, ensuring that you can completely reflect your footwear andstyle with a pair of Doc Martens. The shaft measures 7 inches from the arch and has an 8 eyelet closure which will allow you to customize the fit in the instep and calf areas. Caring for them is fairly simple, seeing that you’ll only need to wipe them with a damp cloth, and use a leather wax to keep the leather soft and supple.
Cost and Value
These ones are a workhorse, and you’ll find that investing in a pair of 1460’s will get you a pair that will last for years on end, especially if you take good care of them. Although they may be heavier than most other footwear, this will pay off in the high level of protection they offer, no matter the situation you find yourself in.
7. Lucky Brand Basel
- The Utmost Versatility
- Quality Materials And Craftsmanship
- Comfortable And Functional
- Can Be Stretched To Fit Feet
- Available In A Vast Range Of Colors And Finishes
- Runs A Little Narrow
- Not Ideal For Wet Weather
Every wardrobe needs a simple, quality pair that will work with any outfit, and Basel boots by Lucky Brand don’t disappoint. The shaft is a universally flattering mid-rise, and the low heel offers lift without sacrificing comfort. The smooth leather has a luxurious look to it, and the size zippers are a functional and understated detail.Read more
It’s been said that “elegance is restraint”. This model perfectly encompasses that notion. With nothing more than a simple zipper, they remains perfectly balanced and visually appealing. You’ll be able to wear them to work, on a date or even just a casual coffee with friends, and you will look good in any of these situations. Being simple and elegant, they are bound to get you plenty of compliments from anyone who sees you wearing them.
Many of the footwear on our list have been praised for comfort, but these go the extra mile, providing you with the style of an ankle bootie but the comfort levels of a sneaker. With a low heel and zippers that can be left undone during wear, you’ll be able to relax while wearing these kicks, even if you’ve got miles to go before you get to take them off.
Cost and Value
They present a great value to the wearer who prizes quality, but still weighs cost. Nothing about this model looks cheap or feels cheap, but some styles can be snagged for under $100. Although they shouldn’t be worn in wet weather, if they are cared for, they’ll be well worth their cost.
8. Sam Edelman Petty
- Leather Is Tough And Easy To Clean
- Neutral And Versatile
- Available In A Variety Of Finishes And Colors
- Low heeled for functionality
- Comfortable for all day wear
- Little Traction In Slippery Situations
- Plastic Rather Than Wood Heel
With the style and quality they offer at a reasonable price, it would be difficult to go wrong with this model by Sam Edelman. This low-heeled, leather pair prioritizes comfort and a chic minimalism without sacrificing comfort and stability. The low shaft is universally flattering, and the minimal heel keeps them functional, offering you a secure footing and some height that will elongate the legs regardless of whether you wear these with a skirt or with jeans. Available in a range of colors and finishes, there’s a version of the Sam Edelman Petty for everyone.Read more
One of most-appreciated aspects of this pair is the comfort it offers. The rounded toe allows your forefoot to spread out naturally without any pinching or discomfort, while the side zip allows easy on and off for most foot shapes. Tanks to the leather it is made from, the upper will mold to your foot shape, following its contours and providing a soft fit that you are bound to love.
Made to go with any outfit, and to be wearable on a wide variety of occasions, these are a great addition to your wardrobe seeing that you will be able to wear them every day with any outfit you choose. Whether you buy them in black, cognac, grey, or snakeskin, these are bound to become a great wardrobe staple that you’ll wear so often, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without them.
Cost and Value
Their value lies in their comfort and modern style. Ranking average on this list regarding price, they are a great choice if you want a bootie that will make you stand out, but that will offer versatility and functionality in addition to being pretty and durable.
9. Top Moda Polish Military
Military Lace Up
This stiletto-inspired pair keeps a military lace up and stitching details to make it noticed. They come in black, and several red hues, which can make it accentuate your outfit if you need a pop of color. A 4-inch stiletto heel and platform that measures just under an inch help keep these stable for a stiletto-style option, and a padded collar helps prevent any rubbing or irritation for long durations of wear.Read more
Military lace up vamp meets stiletto heel with the Top Moda Polish Military. With various red hues and black options to choose, you can either use these as a sexy accent pair of footwear, or a basic go-to pair for funkier outfits. Stiletto 4 inch heel gives great height and keeps a sexy silhouette for evenings out, and subtle stitching detail shows craftsmanship and works with the lines of the uppers for a pleasing aesthetic.
Although stilettos are notorious for being a bit uncomfortable, the Top Moda Polish Military has given this pair some comfort features so you can wear to your heart’s content. A padded insole lines the inside to give you a bit more cushion for longer days, while a padded collar helps prevent irritation or rubbing around the ankle. Padded collar has a contrast element to the red option of the Polish Military, adding to the color block styling.
Cost and Value
Coming in about average when compared to some on our list, the Top Moda Polish Military is a great budget-friendly option. If you’re in search of a stiletto type heel, with lace-up vamp, and a bit of added plush comfort, this is a great consideration for purchase. Red or black color options make it perfect for a go-to pair, or one that will act as an accent to your outfits.
10. Sorel Lea
- Full Grain Leather Upper
- Wedge Heel
- Removable EVA Foam Footbed
- Great Arch Support
- High Price
- Unsuitable For Wide Feet
This wedge footwear by SOREL are a great choice if you are looking for a style that will give you the height you want without sacrificing comfort and stability. Made with the highest quality of materials, both in the upper as well as in the sole, this 4-inch pair comes in ten different colors, and are an excellent choice for fall and spring footwear seeing that they are waterproof, so you won’t get wet feet even if you are caught in a sudden rainfall.Read more
Removable EVA Footbed
They feature a removable molded EVA foam footbed that has a heel cup and pronounced arch support, making it easier to wear them for longer periods of time, even if you plan on walking more than the recommended 10,000 steps per day. They will ensure proper alignment and will take pressure off the ball of the foot, ridding you of the pain that usually comes with wearing high heeled foot apparel.
The full grain leather upper is waterproof, while the outsole is made out of molded rubber that will do well to keep you from getting wet or from slipping on wet surfaces. Thanks to these features, you can easily wear these even in winter, just make sure to take good care of the leather so it’s not damaged by salt or snow.
Cost and Value
This pair ranks high on this list when it comes to price, but that is understandable seeing that with SOREL footwear you are paying for long lasting quality and a super comfortable fit. They are an excellent choice for anyone looking for a stylish pair with some added height but without having to sacrifice stability.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
While it’s true that they are considered by many to be a fashion statement, it doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t or can’t be comfortable. Like any other shoe, the pair you have chosen should in no way hurt, rub or pinch your feet as this can lead to serious complications, especially with prolonged wear.
When purchasing shoes, make sure to order the correct size, then try them on around the house to make sure the fit is indeed a good one for you. Needless to say, investing in a pair that you just want to take off a half an hour later is no fun, so you have to pay attention to things like where they fit, if they have a zip, buckle or lace closure, and if that closure system is adjustable for customized comfort.
If you need arch support, make sure that the slope of the arch in the footbed is higher, and select a heel that is the appropriate height for whatever activity you’ll be wearing them too. You will find that a wide heel will provide not only better weight distribution, but will also provide better stability, which can be especially important if you plan on wearing your them in wet weather or on slippery surfaces. It’s a bonus if your selected pair features extra padding or cushioning, though sometimes more fashionable ones lack in that area. If they aren’t padded, consider getting a half size bigger than you normally would so as to allow for a gel or foam insert. That way, even dressy ones can be a joy to put on.
The fit is important because you don’t want your feet sliding around in a shoe made out of unforgiving materials. Most of them are typically made out of leather, suede, vinyl, or some sort of non-breathable material that requires a proper fit. To prevent injury, you will need to avoid those that chafe or move around too much at the heel, since that can lead to irritation or even injury. Look for pairs that fit comfortably in the heel and instep, as these areas are the hardest to fit, especially with Chelsea style booties.
You should also consider how much room is available in the toe box, as any constriction in this area (especially paired with a high heel) can have serious consequences down the line. Your toes should be able to spread out, evenly distributing weight over the entire forefoot, which will greatly improve your balance and will lower the level of pain you feel at the end of the day.
You may want your legs to appear longer, shorter, wider, or narrower. A bootie can help you achieve a certain look, provided it fits well. You also want to make sure that they’re the right shape and look for your body type and frame – it not only needs to fit your foot, it needs to fit you!
While there’s a wide variety out there to choose from, the fit and comfort of which are vitally important, the style also plays a big part in your purchase. They come with thick heels, thin heels, rounded toes, squared toes, and pointed toes. Their design details might include straps, buckles, clasps, laces, or a combination thereof!
What sort of style you go for can depend on where you live, what your working environment is like, and how often you plan to wear them (and for what purpose). Some are intended for more casual wear, while some are appropriate for more professional settings. Oftentimes there’ll be a pair for both occasions, or even something fancy. They are a great accessory and fashion statement for when the weather turns brisk, so you’ll want weather-resistant ones in that case. Whichever style you choose, remember that it is a means of self-expression and communication of your unique individuality as much as it is about utility.
Because there are so many different cuts and styles, they also often have very versatile profiles. The heel height, lace system, and design materials often determine how versatile they’ll be to you. Some flat-heeled ones, for instance, are perfect for work, lots of errand running, or casual daywear. Heeled ones are great for sprucing up a professional look, adding height for shorter wearers for a more elegant look, or simply to dress up an outfit for a night on the town. Those made of snakeskin may not have the same versatility as, say, a pair of combat ones. Because they aren’t tall and not a pump or sneaker, they often fit into the nice niche of being applicable in a variety of circumstances. The choice is yours when it comes to ankle boots!
They are known for coming in a myriad of materials because they’re often selected for their versatility and functionality. They are a piece of footwear somewhere between the statement of a pair of tall ones and the usefulness of a pair of footwear. Wearers that want attention or to make a statement can find plush patent leather ones, ones flecked with glitter, or simply of a vibrant color. Wearers that want a durable, rugged all-purpose bootie may want materials like mesh fabric, a chunky heel, or buckles and laces. In a professional setting where they are worn, the right materials mean sending the right message to employers and coworkers.
Materials are also a way to communicate your individuality. They can also constitute sustainable practices by the brand, which you can support by purchasing them. This includes things like vegan materials or repurposed/recycled materials for the construction.
A higher score on the materials criterion means that the pair of ankle boots you are looking at are made of better materials and may even be vegan or environmentally friendly.
A quality product is one that will follow you through the years and work the same way it did on the first day you bought the product. In regard to boots, we assessed durability in a few key ways, analyzing the materials, details, construction methods and brands to deliver to you a simple opinion: will this set of boots do the job and do it again and again? Take a look at each area we evaluated:
Which type of materials were the product made from? Are they synthetic or natural? How do they smell out of the box? All of these are critical questions we asked when evaluating the materials of the product. A pair of boots made from fabrics that don’t retain heat? They didn’t make our list!
Extra buckles, complimentary cases and reinforced fabrics are all good indicators of a manufacturer that is setting you up for long term success with their product. Attention to detail separates the high-quality producers from the cheap ones.
The Brand Name
A reputable brand is a signal of quality and trust. Often, high performers continue to perform and out-endure the competition. While there are always exceptions to the rule, we gave higher marks to manufacturers with solid reputations.
You can tell a lot about a pair of boots or shoes by how the zippers behave. Do they pull swiftly and softly, like cutting butter? Or do they jam and snap? What about the sew? If there was threading after a few wears, we considered that a warning sign of a lack of proper construction and durability.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
Ankle boots can be quite versatile, and styled in a number of ways with different ensembles. Skinny jeans and leggings make great options to help elongate the length of the leg when you pair with ankle boots. Flowy boho inspired dresses and skirts also go great with ankle boots depending on the length. Structured shift dresses go great with an ankle boot for a polished but fun look for the office.
One of the fun style elements of ankle boots are the options available of embellishments they can have. Studded boots, those with chains or long lace ups, even something with a unique architectural element will make your pair stand out as a statement piece.
Other Factors to Consider
They come in many different styles – pointed toe, rounded toe, heeled, flat, wedge, peep toe, slouchy, leather, suede, and the list goes on. Choosing a style that will work best for you might look intimidating, but it is always best to start with considering what it is that you value most when it comes to footwear. Is it comfort or practicality? Is it a durable make or a fashionable look? Is it a classic style that is versatile enough to be dressed up or down as needed, or is it a fun and quirky style that will show off your unique personality? Or maybe you are just focused on finding the most affordable pair you know won’t fall apart on you after a couple of wears. No matter which of these options you find yourself identifying with, you are bound to find this article helpful, as it gives you a wide variety of options for high-quality choices suitable for anyone’s budget.
They are beloved for their versatility, comfort, and style. They’re an important wardrobe staple that can make a splash with almost every outfit, and there’s a pair in every color and finish you can imagine. We’ve covered some of the top-reviewed and most popular ones that are available for purchase online, and as you can see, the wide world of this type of footwear has something for everyone. Whether your style is elegant, showy, sporty, luxurious, or vintage, there’s a pair of them waiting for you to find it.
In order to find out even more about how to choose your pair, including the criteria we used to evaluate the best styles, make sure to read our Criteria for Evaluation section, as well as the Frequently Asked Questions section at the bottom of this page that will give you plenty of additional information that is bound to come in handy for deciding on your next purchase.
Frequently Asked Questions
The heel should be sturdy enough to last many months, but it really depends on the brand, method of manufacture, and the frequency of wear. The material of the heel could be wood, rubber, metal, plastic, etc, and each has their own time period of wear down. Some materials are more susceptible to environments, such as wood heels in wet climates, or rubber heels in extremely hot climates. Also, depending on the ground you’re walking on, the heel could wear down faster.
Certain ones are more appropriate for all weather conditions than others. It depends on the climate, environment, and how often you’re wearing them. If they aren’t made out of water-resistant materials, or materials resistant to cracking, then they won’t hold up against certain weather conditions. They can be made to be water repellant with certain products, but generally they should only be worn in moderate climates/temperatures with no sudden changes in weather.
They can be great for adding extra height for shorter wearers! They make you look taller, slimmer, and give you a more elegant silhouette. However, there is concern among some wearers that their cut on your leg will either make you look taller or in fact much shorter than you are. When that’s the case, go for a cut below the bone if you’re worried about making your legs look longer, and choose lighter colors that don’t cut you off at the ankle.
They are one of the few pieces of footwear worn by both men and women to make a fashion statement, as well as for utilitarian purposes. In the ‘60s, for instance, they were incredibly popular among both genders, and those desiring a retro look can put on a pair to achieve their desired aesthetic. In Western states, they’re also favored by both men and women, as well as by aspiring musicians.
There’s somewhat of a difference of opinion about what sort of sock should be worn with them, but it all comes down to individual preference. Some wearers like to wear ankle-length socks with them, but they should always wear a high enough sock to avoid chafing along the bone. However, some wearers like to show off their socks or hosiery, so colorful, patterned socks go perfect with them. Also, tights and leggings are always a great choice.