5 Trends That Will Make Ankle Boots More Exciting This Fall

Corso Como
Corso Como's laced booties in black, tan and navy for fall '16.
Jennie Bell

At the Atlanta Shoe Market earlier this week, more than 900 footwear brands showed off the best styles from their upcoming fall collections. Across the show floor there was a wide range of looks on offer, but a key standout was the ankle boot, which appeared in every shape and color.

Shoe executives said that the ankle boot’s dominance for fall ’16 is a direct result of the mild temperatures this past winter. “Retailers are feeling gun shy about buying high boots because they still have a lot in stock that haven’t sold,” said Jim Bosco, president of Burlington, Ontario-based Bos & Co.

Other brands pointed out that the ankle boot is especially appealing for retailers and consumers in the Southeast, where the winter season only lasts for a couple short months.

But the styles at the Atlanta show weren’t your basic boot. Brands got creative this season with new treatments to add spark to popular silhouettes.

DromedarisThis Dromedaris style features four out of the five fall boot trends. Jennie Bell

Below are 5 trends that will freshen up ankle boots for the fall season:

As a subtle detail or an in-your-face statement, fringe was one of the most dominant embellishments at brands across the women’s market. In some cases it took on a boho look, while in other cases it leaned toward a kiltie menswear vibe.

Mixed Materials
It was all about variety for many footwear brands, as they mixed together a range of materials — smooth leather, suede, wool, velvet, corduroy and textiles — to create a wholly original creation.

Rich Colors
Black and brown, be gone! Fall ’16 is shaping up to be the season of rich alternative shades such as navy, bordeaux, racing green and slate.

Buckles are nothing new on the boot scene, but for fall ’16 more is better. Many labels tapped into a Western motif and loaded on the hardware, often pair it with even more ties and braiding.

Victorian Lacing
For those who prefer a more feminine aesthetic there is the Victorian trend that puts corsetry lacing on the front or back of delicate stiletto booties.

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