Ankle Boots May Be Cooling Off—Here's What's Replacing Them


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If you're reading this, you probably either love or loathe ankle boots. We can't really recall a time when they weren't a wardrobe staple, but that doesn't mean that other boot styles can't come on the scene that feel fresher than trusty ankle boots. Just heading into a new season, we're getting a glimpse of what shoe trends will be everywhere in the months ahead, and ankle boots may not be one of them. How do we know?

Footwear News spoke to a few of the biggest buyers on the scene, MyTheresa's Tiffany Hsu being one of them. On the subject of the top trends she spotted, Hsu said, "The mid-calf and knee-high boot is going to be bigger than ever, with designers focusing on this height and less on the ankle boot. The key trend from this was the boots worn under midi skirts, especially in bright ways."

Coincidentally (or perhaps not), we've been seeing more and more knee-high boots on the street style scene as the season has progressed. Ankle boots will always be an essential shoe style to own, but if you want to look particularly forward in 2023, get yourself a pair of mid-calf or knee-high boots.

Keep scrolling to see street style examples of the trend and shop it while it's hot.


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So chic.


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Shades of white and cream are trending.


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Go for a bold pop of color.


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Everyone is wearing their knee-high boots with midi lengths.


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Of course, the trend comes in the form of animal print.


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This entire outfit is goals.


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Stiletto heels or block heels are equally on-trend.


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Knee-high sock boots are the new ankle sock boots.

This story was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated. 

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Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.