Ankle Boots or Knee-High Boots: Which Are Better for Fall?

After a long summer of wearing flip-flops, sneakers, and sandals, the weather starts to turn and become colder. This means that it's time to put away the warm-weather footwear and bring back your fall seasonal favorites such as boots, loafers, and full-coverage flats. Fall is also a transitional season when you will still have some warm days, so it's important to keep some summer shoes on standby, just in case you encounter an unexpected warm front. 

As soon as the season starts to fully change to cold weather, you can introduce different types of boots to complement your new fall wardrobe. This will perfect your look in fall favorites like flannel shirts and skinny jeans. From ankle boots to knee-high boots — which type is better for fall weather? Overall, the length of boots that is the best for you depends on the typical weather in your area and your overall style preferences. Here is a brief rundown of the types of boots you can wear during the season and how you can style them.

Ankle Boots

When the weather is just a little cold, wearing an open-toed shoe or sandal can feel too chilly on the feet, but at the same time, wearing a long boot and heavy socks would make you feel too hot. Instead, you should go for the perfect “in-between weather” option: ankle boots. Not only can you show off your skinny jeans in their full glory, but you can also embrace fall fashion without overheating. Ankle boots are highly versatile and can be worn with skirts, dresses, slacks, bootcut jeans, palazzo pants, and more. Because they have a low height, they don't require a lot of effort to integrate with many outfit types. It’s a universal fit for practically any fall outfit when you're in a pinch.

Mid-Rise Rain or Duck Boots

Fall can be a particularly rainy season in some areas, which makes a mid-rise waterproof boot like a rain or duck boot a highly useful item in your wardrobe. Rain boots have a more utilitarian look and are made to protect your feet and get you from A to B in a practical way. Duck boots, on the other hand, are waterproof and styled with leather and lacing which can take you from the town to the trails in style.  

Overall, this rise of boots can keep water and mud away from the hems of your pants and also keep your feet warmer than a short ankle boot. It's good for colder fall weather and for rainy days that make you shiver. On these soggy days, don't forget your raincoat and women's scarves to make your mid-rise boot outfit picture-perfect.

Knee-High Boots

Typically suited for the coldest fall weather days, knee-high boots create an impeccable fashion statement. They are a good transitional piece from fall to winter because they offer enough coverage to keep your legs warm on really crisp and wet days. You can wear this kind of boot with everything from leggings to skinny jeans. They look so cute with tunics and a scarf, and also make a great companion with a trench coat and sweater dress. 

When you have this style in your closet, you'll be ready for the upcoming months. Knee-high boots can be worn into the winter months when you need good traction for snow and coverage from the bitter cold. Depending on how much time you have to get ready each day, you may prefer zip-up knee-high boots for the speed. You can also opt for lace-up knee-high boots which can give you a more tailored and custom fit to your legs, though it takes longer to fasten them. No matter what your preference is, both styles are flattering and fun.

Slip-On Boots

In some areas, fall feels like summer for most of the season. However, this shouldn't stop you from getting into the spirit of autumn and embracing some aspects of fall fashion. If you still want to integrate boots into your wardrobe as the temperature slightly cools, get a few pairs of slip-on boots that rise even lower than an ankle boot. Not only do they take just seconds to put on, but they’re also extremely tough. So if you want that boot look without feeling too hot, this one is a winner to satisfy your fall style craving.

With all these options at your disposal, you can find the ideal boot for the typical fall you experience. Have fun finding some new pairs for the season!


Related Articles