2016’s must-have ankle boots - The Smiling Heart

2016’s must-have ankle boots


Summer may be just a distant memory but it’s not all bad — you now have the perfect opportunity to hit the shops and refresh your wardrobe in time for winter.

But what should you be looking for? What boots are blowing our mind this season? Designer shoe retailer Daniel Footwear discusses the ankle boots every woman needs this season.


Embroidery is going to be huge this season, especially when it comes to footwear. Dark-coloured boots with colourful florals and patterns are wardrobe staples and are sure to get you noticed.

If your winter wardrobe is normally awash with blacks and browns, the style is perfect for injecting a splash of colour. However, it isn’t for the faint-hearted — you’ll need confidence to carry off the boots’ bold and bright designs.

Ash Joe embroidered wilde ankle boot from Daniel’s range of Ash boots.

How to wear them: because of their designs, it’s best to keep the rest of your outfit muted. Pair them with dark skinny jeans, a chic turtle neck in a similar shade and timeless duster coat. For extra style points, roll the hems of your jeans up to show off the boots in all their glory.


Velvet is made for the party season and, while we’ve all got the velvet LBD and midi skirt, it’s time to go all-out with a pair of velvet ankle boots. They’re ideal for almost any occasion—choose a high-heeled, platform pair for night out glamour, or select a low-heel ankle boot for everyday wear.

When it comes to colour, the richer the better. Look out for midnight blues, emerald greens and ruby reds.

How to wear them: While your velvet frock may be reserved for the party season, you can wear your velvet boots all through the winter. Pair them with a muted midi dress for understated glamour or for an edgier look, wear with light-wash denim and oversized knit.

Hudson apisi navy ankle boots, available here.

Sock boots

Ankle boots that sit just above your ankle are big news this season. Designed to closely fit your legs, the style is affectionately termed ‘sock boots’. Rooted in the 1960s and 70s, this style revival is a must-have for any fashion follower.

The great news is sock boots are available in many materials, with the exception of leather as a result of their tight-fitting nature.

How to wear them: Sock boots are a great choice if you have slender legs, as you’ll be able to show off your pins without the dreaded gaping of an ankle boot! They can be worn day or night. If you are planning on wearing them with jeans, choose a pair of ankle grazers that sit just above the top of the boots and show off your fabulous footwear.

Kennel & Schmenger jewelled toe block heel boot, available here.

Block heel

Inspired by the 60s, block heels are a blessing in a very fashionable disguise! Unlike skinny heels, these chunky heeled boots are the ideal choice for everyday wear, as they’re sturdier and usually more comfortable.

When it comes to colours and styles, you pretty much have free reign. For a fashion-forward look, stick to velvet or experiment with embroidery. Alternatively, keep it timeless in classic black, rich brown or dark grey shades.

How to wear them: Block heel boots are the ultimate in versatility. Pair them with chunky tights and a skater dress or throw on a pair of skinny jeans and winter jumper for effortless seasonal style.

Daniel rosemead navy perforated boots, available here.


Made famous in the 60s by glam rock icon David Bowie and popularised again by the Spice Girls in the 90s, platforms are back for 2016. They may not be practical for snow and ice but they’re the perfect party shoe, as they’re effortlessly glam and a huge trend this season.

Take your look to new heights with a block heeled pair and stay a step ahead of the fashion pack.

How to wear them: Make your platforms the go-to party shoe. Wear them with a thigh-skimming dress to elongate your legs.

Daniel Gemma suede block heel ankle boot, available here.

Discover the complete collection of ankle boots online at Daniel Footwear