Just like French-girl style, what the ladies of New York City wear equally fascinates us. Whether this chic crew is heading to work, going out, or simply hanging out on the weekend, they always capture that quintessential effortless-cool vibe. And we can always turn to this NYC crowd for footwear inspiration—especially their ankle boot selection. What can we say? They just get it. To pinpoint the exact styles New Yorkers are wearing this fall, in particular, we went straight to the source—some of our favorite fashion insiders—to spill on the key silhouettes they're seeing everyone where on the streets of New York City.
Interested in testing out a boot style that's NYC It girl-approved? Keep scrolling to see the styles fashion editors, publicists, and influencers can't get enough of right now. Plus, shop their must-have picks for every budget. Go on, you may just find your new go-to pair.
"The Gucci leather ankle boot, with its chic fold-over fringe and gold hardware, and the Chloé Lexie ankle boot, with its sleek profile and strong cut lines, have become the most spotted ankle boots on the streets of New York right now. I love the ankle boot—it’s one of the most versatile shoes you can buy. They look equally at home dressed up for the office or more casual on the weekend.” — Elana Zajdman, InStyle
"I love ankle boots! They are the perfect style of boot to wear when you are transitioning your look into a new season. I am seeing a lot of New York women wearing blocked-heel midi boots, heavier combat styles, and feminine high-heeled lace-ups.” — Erin Sumwalt, StyleWatch
"I'm seeing a lot of girls wearing snakeskin boots all over NYC lately. I love the versatility of this style and how snakeskin works as a neutral that goes with just about everything. These ankle boots can instantly elevate your look." — Emily Evans, Ann Taylor
"Right now, it's all about velvet. While it may seem delicate, the material actually stands up well to running around the streets of NYC." — Aemilia Madden, Who What Wear
"I’m super into embellished ankle boots this season. They instantly make any outfit look cooler and work in place of a fussy heel while still making a statement. You can literally wear them with anything—jeans, dresses, skirts—you name it!" Allison Bouis, Aritzia
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