If there’s one shoe that takes over the style scene every year as summer comes to an end, it’s the ankle boot. And it’s clear to see why. They’re fashion-forward, comfortable, and add luxe appeal to just about any outfit you wear them with. Neutral-colored booties are super versatile and easy to wear, but this season, we have a new favorite: snakeskin ankle boots. As stylists, we’re frequently asked how to wear them, so for this post we’re taking the most commonly asked questions and answering them below. Keep reading for five different ways to style fall’s favorite shoes.
How can animal print ankle boots be styled with a dress?
A dress with ankle boots may seem like an unlikely combo, but it’s what street-style dreams are made of. Between the flow of the dress and the toughness of the boots, this pairing just works. To nail the look, start with a simple A-line dress in a color that complements your snakeskin booties. We suggest sticking to a midi length because it’ll create the appearance of longer legs. Then, play up the edge by adding a leather jacket and a structured bucket bag.
Is it okay to wear my snakeskin animal boots with a skirt?
Of course! You can absolutely wear ankle boots with a skirt. Not only does the pointed toe help elongate the leg, but it’s also one of the easiest ways to transition a summery slip skirt into fall. For this outfit, we paired a satin midi with a graphic print T-shirt for a trendy twist. And to finish, we added a slightly oversized cardigan and chunky metallic jewelry to play off the animal print for a look that is equal parts grunge and chic.
Some tips for pairing ankle boots with skinny jeans?
The easiest way is by going with a length that hits above the ankle. If your skinny jeans are longer, simply roll or double-cuff the hems to allow a bit of your skin to show—this will help keep your ankles from looking wider. To make a bold impact with this casual look, mix in another print to complement your animal print boots like we did with the floral tote and a vivid sweater to tie it all together.
What’s the best way to dress-up animal print boots for the office?
Ankle boots are a great choice for work because of the polish they bring to an outfit. Since these snakeskin booties already make a bold statement on their own, keep everything else minimal. Cropped pants and a cashmere sweater with interesting details is appropriate enough for the workplace, yet stylish enough for any after-work plans. Don’t forget to add accessories like an understated belt and earrings—these little details make a big difference.
Can snakeskin booties be worn with a pop of color?
Yes! To style them with a splash of color, begin with your statement piece. Choose one colorful item that’ll serve as the star of the show, then treat your shoes as a neutral. For the rest of the outfit, you’ll want to pull muted shades of grey and white that coordinate with the print on the shoe. The end result? An outfit that is simple but so, so good.
Now that we’ve made the case for why these snakeskin ankle boots are a fall must-have, make sure to talk to a stylist about trying them for yourself.