Alternative Autumn Essentials – Non Knee High Boots

Posted in Daily Outfits, Fashion.

I guarantee you’ve read at least one ‘guide to the best knee high boots’ feature since September. And as we’re now half way through October, you’re probably on your third. Knee high boots are fashionable favourites for the colder months. They’re classic. An investment. Go with anything. And also, just a tiny bit dull. Yes yes, they’re more suitable than 6in stilettos for trudging through snow, but they don’t excite me. When it comes to shoe porn, the knee high boot isn’t even slightly x-rated.

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Bertie boots via ASOS, skirt c/o Motel, Topshop tee, necklace and ring

These sexy little things, on the other hand, get my pulse racing. Ankle boots still have all the practicalities of knee highs, but they’re just so much cooler. This platform pair from Bertie have a chunky heel and a devilish pointed toe which I adore. They add instant style points to the simplest of outfits, giving this girly skirt and colour clash tee combo a high fashion edge. I’ve worn them with everything from jeans to evening dresses – it’s true love!

But what do you think – are ankle boots an edgy alternative to our beloved knee highs? Would you wear them?

PS – The lovely people at Motel are offering a generous 20% off everything on their site with the code STUDENT20, including the mustard yellow skirt I’m wearing here. Off you pop!

Autumnal dressing can get a bit repetitive – we all have the ubiquitous knitted cardigans, wool coats and knee high boots in our wardrobes. So this week I’m choosing my alternative autumn essentials to create a sartorial survival kit that’ll get you through the colder months with style. Chunky knits need not apply.



I don’t see myself ever wearing knee high boots, I have short & stumpy legs and knee high boots do nothing for me! Plus ankle boots are cuter xxx


I much prefer ankle boots to knee highs. I’m quite short and always feel knee highs make me look shorter!
I really like those boots, I cannot wait until pay day, I need to indulge in some new ones 😀

Emily {What Emily Did Next}

They are looovely, and the heel looks sturdy enough that even I might be able to walk in them! Your skirt makes me incredibly happy 🙂
I’m considering dusting off my DMs this autumn & winter as an alternative to knee highs.


I once owned a pair of knee hight boots and to be frank, they made me look like a dwarf hooker. PLUS they kept falling down and gathering round the ankle/cankle as my calves were too big.
Good shout on the ankle boots.
L x


I love the vibrancy of the skirt, great choice of colour. I haven’t attempted to begin my search for a new winter boot just yet, though the ankle will certainly be top of my list xxx


In the summer I found some similar Chelsea type boots lurking under my bed – they’d been there for years! I’ve been wearing them with opaques and little dresses, but am not entirely convinced they don’t make my legs look a bit stumpy. I also bought some really fab biker type ankle-ish boots from Topshop last week, and am having the same dilemma about those.


I love these boots and would definitely always go for ankle boots over knee highs. However, last year I purchased some thigh high boots and will definitely be wearing them again this year!


Lovely! Much as I love a knee boot ankle boots are far edgier and all that leather’s a waste under a midi or maxi skirt.
That skirt’s a killer colour. x


Whenever I’m scouring the Christmas sales, I always think I should purchase a pair of knee highs as “an investment”. I still own zero pairs. Just like you Jen, ankle boots are a whole other matter!

Oh, and “off you pop” made me lol!

T x


BEAUTIFUL skirt!!!!! Such a nice colour and I love pleats! I can’t remember if I told you already but the new header is awesome, and I’m a fan of whitespace so loving the blog design right now. <3

Parfait Amour

Nooooooooooooo! I love me a knee high boot – I have them in every syle – biker, riding, plain, buckled and colours too! I could go on! But there is not space!

An ankle boot cuts in at my skinny ankles and shows off my rather chunky calves! (heels or no)

You look lovely and very well styled but please don’t call my beloved knee high boots boring!


Love these boots. I definitely prefer ankle boots to knee-highs, my legs are too short for knee-high boots but ankle boots are perfect for autumn. x

Steph0188: StephanieDreams

How yummy are those boots 🙂
I’m really not a knee high/long boot kinda girl any more. Probably since last A/W I’ve been loving ankle boots in some shape or form & x10 more this year.

How lovely is the skirt! I adore your style, since I first started reading your blog you have seemed to come so far and you are just gorgeous x

Farrah Abigaelle

I have really really long legs, and a short torso so knee high boots always do me a lot of justice, but I love ankle boots too. I love all types of boots!!


(hiding) I have a few pairs of knew high slouch boots, small healed and for primark they’ve been great..
I am loving ankle boots and as a previous comment states, I’m also short and stumpy, and ankle boots do flatter the leg more..
I’ll deffo be investing in some pairs this winter..


lol…I think I’m missing something here. I wear ankle boots all the time, black ones…they’re my “boring shoes” for when an outfit is loud enough by itself and it needs some shoes that don’t draw too much attention. These shoes here are just normal…kinda “boring” (not in a bad way!) boots…? What’s edgy about them? *confused* I do like the outfit though 🙂


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