The Bootie: Chic. Classy. Adaptable.

They are not quite boots, not quite pumps, not quite loafers—but a beautiful hybrid-invention of the three. Rising to just under the anklebone, booties command attention: They  always seem to make a power play in fall runway collections, and they carve out a notable presence in fall ensembles.

The bootie has its roots in spats, which were worn mostly by men in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to protect shoes and socks from getting dirty or wet. Their key feature was their ability to button around the ankle. Women would soon adapt the look, and ankle boots, or booties, soon became a stylish staple for the 19th-century woman. Over the years and centuries, booties have come in and out of style, and are often reinvented, redesigned, and repurposed to complement fashion trends of the time.

They easily transform a look from casual and whimsical to sophisticated and classy. Whether you’re going for chic and formal at the office holiday party, casual and comfortable for the weekend, or glitz and glamour for the winter galas and New Year’s Eve parties, the diversity of bootie styles will take you through fall and winter. Pair them with tights for extra warmth in the winter months, wear them with dress slacks for a career look, or add them to your favorite fall skirt. However you wear it, we declare the bootie a fall staple. Here are some of our favorites for the season.

And for an added touch of sophistication, check out our picks for Fall Clutches.




Blue Floral Bootie



Phillip Lim Esther Oxford Heel






Tasseled Suede Ankle Boots





Old Town Boot










Red Suede Booties









Leopard Booties


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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen November 10, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Great Post about the history and evolution of booties. The images are lovely. I know that many women love good looking shoes and lots of women have feet that are not uncomfortable in beautiful shoes, worn judiciously. Maybe we could be more comfortable about womens’fashion choices if we could just remember, “If the shoe fits,wear it”. And I do love the fairy tale where Cinderella escaped a life of judgement and servitude, just because the shoe did fit.

  • Tobysgirl November 9, 2012 at 9:18 am

    It is unbelievable the things women will put on their feet. Which everyone will make fun of in ten years’ time.