Victorian Ankle Boots Are Every Fashion Girl's Favorite Shoe Trend Right Now


Any shoe wardrobe worth its salt has a hearty sampling of ankle boots. Unlike pumps, which can tend to skew dressy, and flats, which can tend to skew casual, ankle boots are the all-occasion hero of the footwear category. And this year there's one style you don't need to think twice about, a Victorian-inspired ankle boot. While season to season, the trends may shift, these boots aren't just an impulse purchase. In fact, it’s the one style you can feel zero guilt splurging on, as you can reach for them no matter the occasion or time of year. When it comes time to invest in a new pair of boots, it's important to make sure you'll still like them after the novelty has passed, and that you'll hit a reasonable cost-per-wear a few months down the line. These boots fit the bill.

You might have first noticed the style with Phoebe Philo's Céline Spring 2018 collection, when models sauntered down the runway in the Madame Boot: a stretchy sock boot with a fluted heel and notched leather appliqués at the toe. Its Victorian-era vibes and posh old-lady elegance made it an instant standout. Think late 1800s-early 1900s, French aristocrat meets Mary Poppins — but updated for the modern woman.


No sooner did the boots hit the runway than they started popping up everywhere. On the streets of Fashion Month, on style influencers' Instagram feeds, on celebrities and models — the Madame Boot was an instant icon, not to mention a sure-to-be collectible piece considering Philo’s impending departure from the label. (RIP é.) Though the collection showed in Paris in October 2017, the boots continue to pop up on social media.

Really though, this is just one example of the larger trend. Granny boots have began trickling down through the contemporary labels and fast-fashion giants — some are clearly just replicating the Céline hit, while others are tapping into the look on a broader level. Emerging brands like By Far, YuulYie, Intentionally Blank, Miista, and Dorateymur have put their own spin on the French Pompadour theme. In addition to the flared heels and toe-cap accents hallmarked by the Madame Boot, other style motifs include pointy or squared-off toe boxes, lace-up vamps, covered buttons, tall shafts, and maybe a bit of brogue detailing or embroidery. This trend has proven to be a lasting favorite of fashion editors, influencers, and It girls, who have shown just how versatile and modern the various interpretations of the vintage-style ankle boot can be. If you’re not yet convinced that granny boots can be worn with practically everything and most definitely belong in your shoe collection, the style evidence below should seal the deal.

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A sock-style bootie can have an ultra leg-lengthening effect when you pair it with skinny jeans in the same color.

Madame Boot



Curved Sock Boot


Reike Nen

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Vintage-inspired booties and unfinished denim help balance out a modern, sculptural coat.

Vanessa Ankle Boots


Rachel Cox

Two-Tone Vintage Boot



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Transport yourself to the Victorian era with a pair of side-button, cap-toe boots and an elegant, grey shirtdress.

Pearl Ankle Boots


Suecomma Bonnie

French Tutu 100 Leather Ankle Boots


Christian Louboutin


Granny boots give your borrowed-from-the-boys ensemble a touch of ladylike polish.

Snakeskin Texture Panel Boot



Sculptural Heel Sock Boot


Yuul Yie

Pointed Buckle Ankle Boots



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Take the athleisure lane and pair your fitted boots with a sporty nylon tracksuit.

Patent Sock Boots



Sandy Ankle Boots




Go full antique glamour in a slouchy knit cardigan and velvet lace-up boots.

Rylee Laser-Cut Velvet Ankle Boots



Point-Toe Crushed Velvet Boots


Marques' Almeida

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This is proof that the trend works for any season — just lighten up your color scheme.

Mox Patent Leather Boot


Intentionally Blank

Mlle Hortense 50 Boot



Pink Appia Leather Boots




Further evidence that this should be your new go-to shoe — even for evening.

Victoriana Patent Leather Boots



Floral Embroidered Victorian Boots


Alexander McQueen

Grandrose Ankle Boot




An hourglass-cut blazer is reminiscent of the Victorian Era's corseted silhouettes.

Plaid Point-Toe Boots



Square Cap-Toe Ankle Boots


By Mina

Sadie Tromp L'oeil Boots


Malone Souliers


Lace-up boots don't equal a strait-laced look. Throw in an edgy zebra print for good measure.

Radio Lace-Up Boots



Metal Plaque Lace-Up Boots


Sergio Rossi

Stella Lace-Up Leather Ankle Boots


Petar Petrov


Looped-button closures feel especially period-authentic. To keep this old-fashioned style from feeling stuffy prudish, pair it with something light and feminine, like a floaty floral frock.

Tea Time Leather Ankle Boots


The Row

Lace-Back Cap-Toe Ankle Boot


Proenza Schouler


If your style leans more trendy than traditional, offset your modest granny boots with a bold mix of prints, or choose a shoe style with a modern design updates.

Snakeskin Lace-Up Boots



Aldo Wood Heel Boot



Kate Brown Leather Ankle Boot


By Far


A cropped hem is ideal for keeping your booties on display.

Laced Heeled Ankle Boots



Mattox Plaid Patent Bootie


Jeffrey Campbell

Scallop Detail Lace-Up Boots


L'Autre Chose


Bring tights into the mix for extra coverage in winter. Solid black is a safe bet, or for a bit of fun, try patterned and lace styles.

Punch-Detail Lace-Up Boots



Millen Lace-Up Boots


Alexandre Birman


A double dose of leopard will shake any notions you have about pointy-toed boots being severe or puritanical.

Zelie Black Croc Leather Boots



Swing Black Calf Boot


Tabitha Simmons