While my closet is filled with boots of all shapes and sizes, my go-to silhouette for fall is undoubtedly a block-heeled ankle boot. That’s because these pairs, in my opinion, can be worn with practically anything and for any occasion (which is key for me, since ease of wear has become my new motto when dressing post-quarantine). For one, ankle boots are generally more versatile than their taller-shafted counterparts, meaning they’re a cinch to style with everything from jeans to skirts and tights without having to try too hard. And when complete with a sturdy block heel, they offer a sleek height boost and ensure you won’t regret your footwear decision later while exploring a new city or going out.
Falling squarely into this category and quickly becoming one of my new favorite finds is Tom’s Marina boot. From the brand originally famous for its simple Alparagatas, this ankle boot is not particularly bold like this season’s popular croc-embossed and Victorian versions — but it is a staple look that’s great for building your foundational wardrobe. In fact, it’s exponentially more stylish, comfortable and eco-friendly than similar options on the market from years past. Regarding aesthetics, it has a smooth leather upper with cool contrast stitching and a subtle platform that gives the pair some edge. For comfort, it boasts a two-inch stacked heel, roomy round toe box (ideal for people like me who have wider feet) and cushy-meets-sustainable OrthoLite X40 Hybrid insoles made with a blend of 32% recycled content and eco-friendly bio-oils.
What’s more, I love these boots because they’re super easy to slip on and off via a convenient side zipper and ultra-grippy thanks to a trendy yet functional lug sole.
Both colorways of the boots are quintessential for fall, but if you love a monochromatic look, opt for the tan version like I did and pair them with head-to-toe neutrals (these boots look especially stunning with a classic taupe-colored trend coat).
In case you needed any more convincing, you can grab the Marina silhouette for 35% off on Toms.com during the site’s Black Friday sale happening now. The brand also donates one-third of its total profits to fund grassroots efforts focused on equity — so you can feel especially good knowing your purchase helps support a stellar cause.
So, what are you waiting for? Add these must-have boots to your collection ASAP while supplies last (sizes in both colorways are already selling out fast).