Trends – These Wild Ankle Boots Were Made For Walking

Right around this time, I start obsessing over boots. It’s that whole “back-to-school” mentality. Talks of fall starts rearing its head and like everyone else, I want a whole new wardrobe come September. Ankle boots are my latest addiction, but not just any foot stompers. I’m eyeing styles that are more Ziggy Stardust than Little House On the Prairie. Think studs, pony hair, polka dots and crococile. And with LA being cool all year-round, I can strut this look now and definitely later. (Make your bootie call, after the jump.)

(First image, clockwise from top left: Australian brand Provensen, featured on Urban Outfitters‘s blog; Giuseppe Zanotti wedge booties, $995, available at Shopbop; Opening Ceremony ankle boot clog, $555; LA local Roxanna wears Sam Edelman boots, photo taken by Hi Styley)

(Clockwise from left: Kate Moss at the Isle of Wight Music Festival, photo courtesy of Because I’m Addicted; Madewell’s The Aberdeen two-tone boots, $198; F Troup lace up, $99, available at Confederacy)

Ankle boots scream of loud music and girls who hang out with rocker guys. I may not be with the band but at least I can channel my badass side with F Troupe lace ups. At $99, it’s a steal. And although Kate Moss’s flashy burgundy boots are most likely designer, they have a vintage vibe to them that a quick eBay search will surely yield you similar results.

(Clockwise from top left: Penpal boots in black croc by Rachel Comey, $330, available at Le Train BleuDr. Martens for Opening Ceremony, $300; Dr. Martens x Jean Paul Gaultier boots for spring 2011 debuts at Magic this week, featured on Highsnobette )

(Chictopia member Lisa wears limited edition Zara boots)

All Armadillo boots lead back to Alexander McQueen, who introduced the alien shoes first. Thankfully, other brands are creating similar, walkable versions. I love the way Lisa, above, lets the shoes properly get the spotlight. Whether sporting funky crocs by Rachel Comey or white cutouts by Jean Paul Gaultier for Dr. Martens, the rest of your wardrobe should be streamlined. Skinny jeans elongates while a mini-skirt will flatter the ankle.

(From left: Blogger Shin of Park & Cube wears heavy wedge boots; a look from Opening Ceremony’s blog; and local blogger Rachel of That’s Chic wears green Marc by Marc Jacobs boots)

(From left: Rachel Rachel Roy suede wedge boots,$159; Jil Sander suede ankle boots, $920, available at Net-A-Porter)

Platform wedge booties are a big draw. I’m 5’4″ and love the idea of faking a statuesque look. Of course, having a kid might make these wedges seem a bit impractical while chasing a five-year-old in the park but I’m willing to sacrifice. Who is with me?

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