Ankle boots are one of the few genuine wardrobe staples. You kind of think it about all of your wardrobe, and use it as an excuse to buy another grey t-shirt (legit, you can never have enough). But there are some occasions where sandals, sneakers and classic flats just won't cut it, and an over-the-knee boot is too much - like the freezing cold, for example.
Whether you want them for the weekend, to throw on with a pair of frayed hem jeans for a streetstyle-worthy casual look, or to toughen up a feminine dress (which Alexa Chung does so well), everyone needs a pair of heeled or flat ankle boots.
Boots are massive for right now - and not just the classic Chelsea boots we're used to (though them too). Seen all over the catwalks, with lace-up and snakeskin at Chloe, Velvet at Givenchy and ankle-tight patent styles at Dior, keeping your ankles warm has never looked so fabulous.
We're loving the most laid-back pairs too, like Mango's Saint Laurent lookalike tasseled moccasin boots and the chunky-soled pairs from Seven Boot Lane and Ted & Muffy.
When it's cold, we can't imagine anything cosier than Penelope Chilvers' cosy shearling Safari boots, which are TOP of our wish list now the weather has got colder.
They're pretty much the easiest way to work a new season trend into your look, without going all-out (in terms of money and style). Take this season's velvet trend, for example. If you feel a dandy two-piece suit is too much, work a plush ankle boot into your look.
If you're still not sure where they'll fit, look to fashion features editor Hannah Rochell on tips on how to wear ankle boots (even if you're short!).
Whether you want to mix up your collection with an attention-grabbing style, or it's just a style staple you're after, there will be a pair you love in InStyle's round-up of the best…