We recently reported on the biggest shoe trends to know from the spring 2018 collections, but while gathering research for the story, I realized there was one particular style that deserved a story all on its own—lace-up heeled ankle boots. Considering I wear mostly boots, I could have written a whole story solely on boot trends in general, but for now, let's focus on the pretty ankle boot trend I'm really excited to invest in come spring.
Warning: The shape and style are nothing you haven't seen before. Basically, if you have (or want to buy) a pair of boots that lace all the way up, have a higher stiletto or block heel, and a flattering pointed or elongated toe, you're "in" as far as spring trends are concerned. Cowboy boots and combat boots were a huge point of attraction from the fall 2017 collections, so this elegant and flattering ankle boot shape is a breath of fresh air. Whether you pair the style with track pants and a hoodie or wear them with a floral midi dress, there's no denying the objective beauty of this traditional shape. Can you tell we're glad they made some noise on the runways this season? Sorry—subtly isn't our strong suit. Check out some of our favorite styles and runway moments involving this pretty trend here.
Pastels also made quite a splash on the spring runways, so opting for the trend in a muted hue would be a wise choice.
This heavier shape suits personal style levels ranging from grungy to bohemian, which is what makes them so great, if you ask us.
Patent booties in a hot red color? Yes, yes, and yes. This is the kind of shoe you slip into when your outfit needs a little extra oomph.
We call this particular runway moment "cowgirl meets Anne of Green Gables," and, no, none of that was meant to be read with a snarky tone. The shoes at Anna Sui had us wishing for slower days with footwear that had louder details.
The sporty and utilitarian vibes were everywhere on the spring runways, particularly in the form of footwear. We love how this specific rendering of the trend took a classically elegant shape and added some modernity.
Yes, these are peep-toe, but we couldn't not include them. This Victorian-inspired pastel boot-heel hybrid had us dreaming of the warmer days on the horizon.
Shop the trend:
White boots are still a thing, and these ones are perfect.
Wear these with jeans or your favorite cocktail dress.
Update these Victorian-inspired boots with a graphic tee and ripped jeans.
How swoon-worthy is this color though?
Fun fact: Liudmila is one of our favorite shoe designers at the moment.
If you can resist this sale price, I need to know where you're getting your will power from ASAP.
Another great sale find you won't regret giving in to.
There's no such thing as too many pairs of black boots.
For those days when you're feeling a tad extra.
The laces on this pair make all the difference.
There's nothing neutral about these boots besides the color.
These will quickly become a model favorite, hands down.
As you can see, there's a wide variety of this pretty spring boot trend to choose from, whether you're searching for a more casual or formal pair. Good luck deciding, and be sure to let us know how you end up styling the It boots of the season.