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Shop: Six pairs of cute ankle boots to keep your toes toasty

A good par of ankle boots should be part of any winter wardrobe

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A good par of ankle boots should be part of any winter wardrobe

There’s not too much to look forward to when the weather turns bleak, but one thing you can celebrate is the return of boot season.

It’s this time of year when the humble ankle boot can do a lot of heavy lifting in your wardrobe. Got a cute skirt you want to keep wearing despite the weather, team it with tights and a cute bootie. Planning on spending a month in fur-lined leggings, team it with an ankle boot to disguise their weekend-wardrobeiness. Just want warm, dry toes but aren’t ready to go full Ugg boot? This is the shoe for you.

Grab a bright, flashy pair to make a bit of a statement, or something more functional to wear with everything you own, either way, ankle boots are great this time of year.

LIFE: You don't have to do the season feeling like you might as well be barefoot, try an ankle boot and some snuggly socks.

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LIFE: You don’t have to do the season feeling like you might as well be barefoot, try an ankle boot and some snuggly socks.

So here are six fab pairs we’d love to add to our wardrobes:

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Hush Puppies’ Shanty Leather Ankle Boots, $99.95

Hush Puppies are made for comfort and cosiness, so we’d expect nothing less from this pair of chic shoes.

The snakeskin print leather gives these boots a bit of an edge, but the chocolate and tan colour makes them versatile as – cute with a pencil skirt and tights, or skinny black jeans.

Jonak Alanis, $232.13

Got a bit of a 60s vibe going on? The Alanis is the shoe for you.

They look like they’ve been beamed in on the transcendental highway straight in from the back of Twiggy’s wardrobe. Imagine how cute they would be with a patchwork mini dress and purple tights? Groovy.

Ernest Wyler Kelly Boot, $249.90

I don’t know who Kelly is, but her boots are definitely made for walking, or should that be strutting?

Structured, yet comfy with that sturdy block heel, this is a day to night boot that works as well in the boardroom as it does on the dance floor.

Isabella Anselmi Molly Ankle Boot, $289.90

If Alanis was from the 60s, then Molly is coming to you straight from the 70s, complete with a slash of chrome foil that’d give Studio 54 a run for its money.

The mix of textures, the alluring curve of the leather upper, the height of that heel… this shoe says “Watch out Manhattan, this lady’s ready to disco.”

Dr Martens 1460 Pascal Floral, $349.99

I don’t want to bum anyone out, but 1990 was 30 years ago, which means adding a pair of chunky docs to your ultra feminine look is a vintage trend.

And that means these cutesie flower-powered boots are so en pointe they’re practically doing ballet.

Preston Zly Marlene Ankle Boot, $675.33

You know, they say nothing and no one is perfect, but we don’t think that applies to boots. This is the perfect ankle boot.

First of all it just comes up to your ankle, no more, no less. It’s the hottest colour around, it looks lived in, without losing any of its glamour, and it’s just a little quirky. Sure the colour is loud, but it’s not like you don’t spend the entire season in black and three shades of grey. Kick it up a notch with these adorable booties, your feet will thank you for it.