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

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 (that's her lovely feet pictured above) being one of them. On the subject of the top trends she spotted, Hsu said, "The midcalf 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.

So much chic.

I'm going to wear these boots with minidresses. 

These block heels are so much easier to walk in than stilettos. 

Yes, cowboy boots are very much on-trend. 

These look a lot pricier than they are.

Shades of white and cream are trending.

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Go for a bold pop of color.

These flat boots are so practical. 

I love how these are styled with bare legs. 

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

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

These lug soles are great for inclement weather. 

This entire outfit is goals.

Reformation had to restock these after a sell-out.

Stiletto heels or block heels are equally on trend.

You can style these in a million different ways. 

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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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