The 14 Best Ankle Boots for Women in 2023

The essential fall shoe.

Sonia Lyson is seen wearing Louis Vuitton twist yellow leather bag, Louis Vuitton black and white top, Pull & Bear parachute blue pants, Saint Laurent shades and Louis Vuitton black leather monogram boots on August 24, 2022 in Berlin, Germany.
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As the weather begins to cool down this time of year, I begin digging my all-time favorite accessories out of hiding: Boots. The best boots are fashionable, versatile, and can be paired with just about any outfit, from a denim outfit to a slinky slip dress—but of all the types of boots out there, ankle boots often reign supreme. Fashion stylist Sarah Nearis agrees, calling ankle boots her "personal favorite"; she describes them as "ankle boots or bootie that cover the whole foot and reach up to or a little past the ankle." Because of their height, ankle boots are also great in the early fall, when temperatures are just beginning to drop, but don't quite warrant snow boots. 

"As sad as I am to admit fall is right around the corner, I love the fashion that comes with it and the weather that allows for more boots," Nearis says, advocating particularly for ankle boots because of their ability to remain a steadfast everyday shoe, noting, "Ankle boots are so versatile depending on the style and design. There are so many ways to style them." 

Below, we've gathered some of our all-time favorite ankle boots for fall and winter, so that when you invest in your new favorite style, you know you're getting the very best.

Best Heeled Ankle Boots

Best Low-Heeled Ankle Boots

Meet the Expert

Sarah Nearis fashion stylist
Sarah Nearis

Sarah Nearis is a fashion stylist and creative director. She is based in Los Angeles and Nashville.

Gabrielle Ulubay
E-Commerce Writer

Gabrielle Ulubay is an E-Commerce Writer at Marie Claire and writes about all things beauty, sexual wellness, and fashion. She's also written about sex, gender, and politics for publications like The New York Times, Bustle, and HuffPost Personal since 2018. She has worked extensively in the e-commerce and sales spaces since 2020, including two years at Drizly, where she developed an expertise in finding the best, highest quality goods and experiences money can buy. As a film school graduate, she loves all things media and can be found making art when she's not busy writing.