Ankle boots: The five trends you need to invest in now

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Your best friend come autumn, ankle boots never go out of style. From western styles, to kinky patent finishes, these are the styles we're swooning over this season...

Finding the best ankle boots is essential at this time of year. As genuine a wardrobe staple as a good shirt dress, they are guaranteed to become your go-to all winter long.

They were everywhere on the catwalks, from Celine to Topshop, and one of our favourite street style looks at London Fashion Week was stirrup leggings tucked in white boots, worn with a an oversized knit.

And as everyone needs a pair of ankle boots, or two, in their winter wardrobe, we’ve listed the top five trends to invest in this season.

Flat ankle boots

We’re taking our cue from the style set and embracing flat ankle boots, there’s no reason not to be comfortable and stylish. We’ll be teaming ours with unexpected pieces from midi skirts, à la Alexa Chung, to long floral dresses like our favourite street style star Veronika Heilbrunner. With this season’s love of all things androgynous, we’ll be digging out our oversized jumpers and palazzo trousers too (hello Victoria Beckham).

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Shop now: KAISER Chelsea Boots for £42 from Topshop

Heeled ankle boots

Your seasonal staples – punky buckle boots, suede Western styles, vintage lace up booties, sturdy riding-styles – all come in a range of colours and finishes this season too.

Last season’s focus on the heel continues, and the shops are filled with contrasting prints and colours to add another dimension to classic leather boots. For this season, kitten heels have made an unexpected come back, so make the most of it if you’re not great with high heels. And for party season, a glitter boot, as seen on the catwalk at Chanel, Saint Laurent and Isabel Marant, is a must.

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Shop now: ISABEL MARANT Luliana ankle boots for £720 from 24 Sèvres

Leather and suede ankle boots

Classic suede boots are still are a firm fixture as one of the best ankle boots of the season, as are the luxed-up, high-gloss ankle boots, their weather-proof finish adds a wear forever appeal.

Our hero boots from this edit include these Nicholas Kirkwood boots. With their directional style and cool, pearl detail (a semi-permanenent fixture in NK’s boot collection) they’re certainly an investment worth making.

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Shop now: NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD Annabel Pearl ankle boots for £895 from 24 Sèvres

Print ankle boots

This season is all about bold boots. The catwalks, and in turn the high street, have heralded a seductive selection of second-skin stocking styles that look great under culottes, cropped raw hem jeans kick-flares.

Think brocade or chinoiserie print boots, or, if you’re feeling bold, embrace the neon skin-tight ankle boots, paired with a colourful dress. Go big or go home is your motto here.

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Shop now: Regalia Ankle Boot for £179 from HOBBS

Red ankle boots

If you haven’t noticed yet, red is everywhere at the moment, and the more the better. That means red jumper, red trousers and red ankle boots. With this trend, go for a retro mod feel with red vinyl boots.

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Shop now: TRADEMARK Mira patent textured-leather ankle boots for £680 from RETAILER

White ankle boots

At London Fashion Week, white boots were everywhere. The street style set wore their Off_White and Balenciaga heels with stirrups, checked suits or floral midi dresses.

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Shop now: Wide Fit Leather Kitten Ankle Boots for £69 from M&S

Pink ankle boots

Pink is still the hot ticket this season, so if you weren’t sure about investing in a pair of pink boots last season, this time round, it’s a must. We love hot pink ankle sock boots.

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Shop now: Bright pink bow satin block heel ankle boots for £45 from River Island

Sock ankle boots

Blame Balenciaga and those floral boots, but if you’re going to invest in just one trend this season, it has to be sock boots. Whether they’re knitted, mesh, metallic or plain, anything goes, as long as it’s a sock boot.

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Shop now: Glitter sock boots for £49.99 from MANGO

Biker ankle boots

When in doubt, biker boots are always a winner. They toughen up a floral dress like nothing else, and work equally well with your trusted denim. The below Zara boots were all over our Instagram feed recently, so we thought it would be rude not to include them.

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Shop now: LEATHER ANKLE BOOTS WITH FAUX PEARLS for £89.99 from Zara

Scroll down to shop more ankle boots, and be sure to check out our edit of the best winter boots and the best knee high boots, too.

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