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Sure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.
Even though it’s been so warm lately, boots season will be upon us soon — so if you’re hunting for the best ankle boots for work, this roundup is for you. For this Hunt we’re focusing on low-heeled or flat options that are really walkable. Readers, do you have a favorite pair of ankle boots for work right now, or are you eyeing one in the store? Do you still feel like the Chelsea style is a classic, or do you prefer some of the newer iterations of ankle boots?
Our Latest Favorite Ankle Boots for Work
Other Boots for Work Outfits
The Best Sleek But Walkable Boots for Work
The Best Weatherproof Shoes For Your Commute
The Best Shooties for Work
Sometimes, shooties are considered the same thing as ankle boots — it really depends on the way the brand labels them. For my own definition I would say that a shootie covers less of your foot and ankle than an ankle boot…
As of 2024, shooties, aka shoe booties, are not terribly in right now… if you’re looking for a heeled version you can still find these stacked shooties from Gentle Souls, as well as a lot of affordable options from Lifestride. You may also want to consider a heeled oxford (like this, this, or this) or a heeled loafer, or some of our favorite strappy pumps… our latest favorite shooties, from the very small selection out there, are below…
The Best High-Heeled Boots in General
The Best Knee-High Boots for Work
Hunting for black knee-high boots? Here are some of our long-standing favorites as of 2024 (pictured below). HEELED knee-high boots are starting to trend again, also — some of the best looking options include these from J.Crew, Everlane, Veronica Beard and Stuart Weitzman (not pictured).
Specific Styles of Ankle Boots We Love for Work Outfits
Marc Fisher LTD
These Marc Fisher LTD ankle boots are best-sellers and reader favorites. It’s come in a bunch of colors and materials over the years. It’s
These low ankle boots from Aquatalia have been around for a number of years and always look great — and it doesn’t hurt that the brand is one of the best options for sleek weatherproof, waterproof shoes.
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