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Trend alert: Ankle boots are back

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

Beautiful booties

From lace-ups to wedges to platforms, ankle boots in a wide variety of shapes and styles are taking the season by storm. Packing away our summer sandals may have been heartbreaking, but our excitement for ankle boots helps soothe the sting of the end of summer. To get you excited about this fall footwear trend, we've put together some of our favorite ways to rock this fun and fashionable look.

This fall, it's all about ankle boots, and we scouted six stylish pairs you'll be sure to love. Move over strappy sandals, there's a new favorite shoe in town.

1Pretty platforms

Take your look up a few inches in these statement-making platform lace-up booties (Mod Cloth, $124). Paired with thick tights and an A-line dress in a bold hue, these high stepping heels make a stylish, get-noticed statement. We love the sleek design and modern look of these eye-catching ankle boots.

Pretty platforms


2Leather and laces

We fell head over heels in love with these navy blue leather booties as soon as we laid eyes on them (Anthropologie, $188). Featuring a rounded toe, stacked heel and the detail we love most –– argyle plaid laces tied at the top –– these are perfect for pairing with anything from a mid-length circle skirt to a hip-hugging pencil skirt.

Leather and laces


3Sophisticated suede

Trade plain pumps for something a little different at the office this fall with a pair of simple but elegant suede ankle boots (J. Crew, $245). We love the feminine design, slightly pointed toe and thin, delicate heel. Pair with slim, tailored trousers and a bold-hued blouse for a chic daytime look. Choose from black or saddle (creamy, soft beige).

Sophisticated suede


4Bold and buckled

You'll be sure to hit your stride in these bold, black leather platform Sam Edelman booties (Shopbop.com, $200) with suede side panels and a buckled strap at the ankle for added edge. Pair these stylish shoes with some distressed denim and a slouchy, loose-knit sweater for a look that merges fashion with function.

Bold and buckled


5Desert booties

Say goodbye to the dusty, utilitarian desert boots that seemed to be everywhere in the late 1980s. There's a new, more chic style in town, like this pair with a bold, chunky heel and a prominent platform (Bloomingdales, $300), and you'll have no problem braving the urban jungle or pounding the pavement in these.

Desert booties


6Wedge booties

Pair these sexy Jeffrey Campbell wedge booties (Shopnastygal.com, $198) in crocodile-embossed black leather with a mod floral mini dress or a cute cocktail frock in an eye-popping hue. We love the seamless design and ultra-sleek look of these party-worthy platforms.

Wedge booties


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