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Wardrobe Staple – Little Black Boots

Forget the LBD (just briefly, the Little Black Dress is still an essential!) This season, it’s all about LBBs – Little Black Boots.

A Little History…

The ankle boot was introduced in the early 1800’s as fashionable women’s footwear. Originally made from delicate materials such as silk and later made from leather, these boots grew in popularity as the century progressed.

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                    Silk and leather boots, ca. 1851                                              Leather and suede boots, ca. 1910

Ankle boots have veered in and out of fashion ever since, and over the past few years have reached new heights of popularity. But why?

The ankle boot is the most versatile member of the boot family. The small to medium height of the shaft means that ankle boots can be worn with just about any outfit – jeans out, rolled up or tucked in, tights, bare legs, leggings, pretty dresses, shorts… You get the idea.

I adore my LBBs.

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© Lily Hartley 2013

I bought this pair from H&M last winter, and I’ve worn them so much I’ve had to get them re-soled!

Here are a similar pair of black ankle boots from H&M, which are a bargain at £24.99.

There are so many options when it comes to the humble ankle boot. Variations in design, colour and heel height mean there are hundreds of choices, however I think that colour-wise black boots win out due to their wearability (and the fact that black is ALWAYS in fashion).

But what about the other options when it comes to your LBBs?

Heel vs Flat

This is a matter of personal preference. I like my boots with a little heel, as I feel it can dress up an outfit nicely (not to mention it makes my rather short legs look a bit longer…) A small to mid-sized heel can also be a more comfortable way to wear heels during the day if you’re going to be doing a bit of walking.


New Look chunky heel ankle boots, £24.99

Between the heel and the flat we have the wedge. Again, a way to elongate legs and give you a little height, a wedge gives you more balance and can be a more comfortable alternative to a heel.

dorothy perkins wedge boot

Dorothy Perkins lace up wedge boots, £39

Last but not least – the flat boot. Ultimate comfort and yet still smart, a flat boot can add a touch of rock ‘n’ roll to any outfit.

River Island Boot

River Island metal toe cap boots, £40

Patterned vs Plain

Keeping your LBBs basic means that they can be worn with absolutely anything…

Florence and Fred boots

F&F at Tesco panel ankle boots, £18

… However a little detail can jazz up a plainer outfit in a subtle way.

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H&M decorative ankle boots, £34.99

Suede vs Leather

Leather (or faux leather) tends to be a more hardy material, and will also keep looking smarter for longer than suede, which has a tendency to wear  quite quickly unless properly cared for.

H&M Leather boots

H&M leather boots, £59.99

However, with a good quality suede protector and an avid avoidance of puddles, suede boots can stay looking chic.

New Look Suede Boots

New Look suede Chelsea boots, £59.99

We also have a newcomer to the ankle boot family – the cut out boot. This season has seen a rise in ankle boots with cut out shafts and toes, a quirky little detail that can really add something to an outfit.

River Island Cut Out Boot

River Island stud cut out boots, £45

Jeffrey Campbell Everly

A little more expensive, but absolutely lust-worthy. Jeffrey Campbell Everly boots, £190

So if you’re looking for a staple piece to invest in this winter, make it the Little Black Boot. This versatile pair should be in every woman’s wardrobe, and if history is anything to go by, this is one shoe that isn’t going out of fashion.


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