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The Best Women’s Ankle Boots on Zappos, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviews

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)

And while we’ve written about lots of boots — including the best women’s Chelsea boots, the best rain boots, and the best boots for wide feet— here, we’ve rounded up the best ankle boots, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Zappos.

Best-rated ankle boots

Sam Edelman Petty Ankle Boots

With over 1,000 reviews, these Sam Edelman ankle boots are loved for their overall versatility and style. Many reviewers mentioned that they always return to the look, with one reviewer writing, “I now own 3 pairs, need I say more? (Well, I will.) I wear orthotics, always have shoe ‘issues.’ These are so incredibly comfy and fit my orthotics just right, and I traverse cities in them.” Another reviewer says, “These booties are amazing. I have worn my Putty-colored ones so much that I recently ordered the Black too. The shaft and heel height on these are so flattering. Even with my very narrow/flat foot, but have broken in beautifully (and quickly!).” A few reviewers did note that the boots run narrow: “Love these boots. They were a little narrow at first, but I used a shoe stretcher for the widest part of my foot and was comfortable even after a long day at work on the first wear. The heel height is just right, and it looks great with tights, skinny jeans, or pants.

Best-rated (less expensive) ankle boots

Rocket Dog Sayla Boots

“I’m beyond obsessed with these boots! I had foot surgery 2 years ago, these do not bother my foot at all. I walked around in them for 6 hours straight while on vacation and had zero issues,” writes one satisfied reviewer. Other positive reviewers were in agreement that the affordable Rocket Dog Sayla Boots are exceedingly comfortable: “Super cute boots. They are a lot comfier than I expected, and I am able to wear them all day running errands with no problems! The heal is just the right height for everyday wear.” Another reviewer writes, “Love these, they are a new staple in my closet. Comfortable, flexible, and have good support. Recommend.”

And now for some micro-picks for every type of ankle boot you might be looking for.

Best black leather flat ankle boots

Born Kerri Boots

Reviewers loved the way the flat heel both looks and feels great. “I was looking for a stylish low-heel bootie for some time, and I was so happy to find this. This bootie is one of the most comfortable booties that I own! The arch support is good. Another reviewer seconds this and adds, “These were comfortable right out of the box. Born shoes just ‘get’ my feet, bunions and all. I wore the Kerris to work today. It’s the happiest my feet have been all week. I usually prefer flats, but as others have said, this modest rise in the heel is very stable and very, very comfortable.” The boots do run small, with one reviewer writing, “Go down half a size. So cute, so cool, easy-peasy to walk in.”

Best ankle boots with arch support

Naot Helm Boots

Of the over 100 reviews on Zappos, 83 percent of reviewers said that the slides “felt true to size” and 88 percent of reviewers said that they “felt true to width.” The flat heel, low cut, and wide toe box were especially praised by reviewers who have undergone foot surgery or have bunions. “Whenever I see shoes that are only available in medium, I’m a little hesitant as I have bunions on both feet. However, these Naot boots are great; I found them extremely comfortable straightaway, and they’re a smart, classic style.” A second reviewer writes, “For someone with bunions but otherwise medium feet, these boots are PERFECT. They are stylish and incredibly comfortable.” They were also impressed with the arch support: “I need arch support and a wider toe box due to previous injury/surgery on midfoot. It is difficult to find ‘comfort’ shoes that are also fashionable, and these definitely meet my criteria.” Another reviewer who had undergone surgery writes, “I have difficult, sensitive, wide feet and have had surgery on both of them. My right foot has screws that slightly poke up from my instep. They are smooth and streamlined, visually minimalist — a contemporary, timeless, and flattering design. I am in awe.”

Best wedge ankle boots

Dansko Shirley Boots

Reviewers suggest the Dansko Shirley Boots for people who want a boot with a little height while not sacrificing comfort. “I had surgery on both feet 2 years ago and I’ve had to give up on most close-toed heels because of discomfort, but these are fantastic. Comfortable right out of the box and fine walking long distances,” writes one customer. Another reviewer writes, “I have titanium implants in both of my feet, so I have to wear comfortable shoes … I am extremely happy that I came across this bootie.” “Dansko shoes are great for people who have problems with their feet/ankles/legs,” adds a reviewer. Another reviewer with plantar fasciitis sums up their appeal this way: “They look good and feel GREAT!”

Best clog ankle boots

Dansko Maria Boots

As we have seen before covering the clog beat, reviewers had strong opinions about these boot-clog hybrids from Dansko. One New York-based reviewer writes, “These clog-style booties are wardrobe staples! Unlike most clogs and Danskos in general, the sole actually flexes even though it’s styled as wood.” Another reviewer adds, “These Maria booties are my new clogs. I wear them everywhere and all the time. They are comfortable, stylish, and for me, the perfect heel and shaft height.”

Best black leather heeled ankle boots

Munro Robyn Boots

Reviewers raved about the quality and style of these boots, with one reviewer dubbing them “the best shoe made in America.” Another reviewer explains, “This is a refined boot. It is very comfy. If I could, I would get a pair in every color.” Another repeat customer writes, “This is my 4th or 5th shoe by Munro. This boot is very comfortable and goes with everything — casual jeans to black work pants. It’s the perfect height — not too high but enough to give my 5’4” frame a boost.” And while the boot is on the pricier side, reviewers were in agreement that “it is worth the price for a good solid shoe.”

Best brown leather heeled ankle boots

Frye Reina Bootie

Reviewers couldn’t stop gushing about the styling potential of these high-heeled ankle booties. “The Reina Bootie hit all the marks that I wanted in a high-heeled bootie: Rocker Chick. Very sexy. Walkable. Stylish. High-heeled yet comfortable. Cowgirl cool,” writes one fashion-forward reviewer. Another gushes, “Life-changing boots right here. Ughhh, they’re just so friggin’ beautiful if you’re on the fence … Just buy them already!” One reviewer, who is on her third pair, writes, ‘These boots are so good-looking I get a kick out of them (no pun intended) every time I look down at my feet. They are so totally feminine and classy, and at the same time are quite edgy and oh so chic. I am so delighted with them as soon as I got home I ordered two more pairs. Enough said, buy them.”

Best ankle boots with fringe

Minnetonka Hi-Top Back Zip Boot

Reviewers consistently noted how versatile these boots are: “These are very cute and go with jeans and skirts. I get compliments every time I wear them.” Another reviewer writes, “So cute with everything: jeans, shorts, skirts, dresses,” and also recommends, “The only thing is they run a bit big and do stretch out, so order for sure a half size, if not a whole size, down.” A reviewer who has bought five pairs before says, “I have worn each and every pair into the ground, wearing them pretty much daily.” Plus they are, by all accounts, super-cozy: “Extremely well-padded footbed, good traction, no rubbing points. They mold perfectly and stretch to your feet.”

Best lace-up ankle boots

Dr. Scholl's Dakota Boots

These lace-up ankle boots were a favorite among customers for the tasseled laces. “These shoes are great — comfortable, supportive, and so cute. I love the laces that allow them to be adjustable,” writes one reviewer. “The laces are high quality and have no signs of wear yet, but I agree with another reviewer, you have to double knot them to keep from having to re-tie them. All in all, my favorite wedge booties,” writes a reviewer who wears them while traveling. Reviewers also noted the added comfort the cushioned insoles provide: “Good arch support, lots of cushioning at the ball of my feet.” Another reviewer writes, “The memory-foam insole makes these shoes very comfortable for extended wear.”

Best brown ankle boots with buckles

Born Trinculo Boots

“These boots are outstanding. I took them on a trip to Paris and walked all over the city with absolutely no discomfort. By the way, I have narrow heels, wider front foot, high arches — and one bad ankle,” raves one reviewer. “The side buckles are functional and allow for tightening/loosening the boot sheath as desired — a huge plus.” A second reviewer writes, “Classy details of straps and buckle that make it stylish.” A third reviewer who wore them on a trip to Vancouver writes, “The style is super-cute. I feel a bit like a punk rocker with the distressed black and buckles. It makes my secretly emo heart feel happy.”

Best black ankle boots with buckles

Rockport Caroline Boots

Like the Born Trinculo Boots above, reviewers loved the buckle detail on these Rockport Caroline Boots. One reviewer writes that they “are sleek and professional but the straps and buckle give it a slight edgy modern look.” Reviewers were also impressed by the fact that these boots are waterproof: “Bought these for a trip to Scotland for both their looks and their waterproof feature. Perfect choice as they are stylish and comfortable. They remained dry in the rain and were warm without being hot.” Another reviewer who wore the boots during a European vacation in the spring writes, “The waterproof feature is so handy. Love these boots all around!”

Best gray ankle boots

Dolce Vita Sutton Boots

Many reviewers say they bought these boots because of the graphite color. “Bought the dark taupe — perfect neutral. Love the fringe detail on the zippers. Very comfy,” says one happy customer who adds that the shoes fit true to size. “This bootie is amazing. I bought it originally in Anthracite which is an awesome gray that goes with everything,” writes another. A third reviewer puts it this way: “The very light gray, almost white color contrasts well with my tan skin, and I find that they look great with light neutrals (grays, whites) and denim, especially in mild weather when you can wear shorts with booties.”

Best waterproof ankle boots

Blondo Villa Waterproof Bootie

“So delighted these booties found their way into my closet. They belong in the ‘go to so often you might as well sleep in them’ corner. It’s a footwear conspiracy! Thick, rich, real suede AND waterproof. Yes, you read that correctly, waterproof not water resistant,” enthuses one reviewer. One reviewer who tried out several other brands while hunting for her “white whale” boot says the Blondo Villa was the only pair that was “(1) walk-a-mile-comfortable, (2) stylish, (3) enough tread to handle ice and rain and snow, (4) weatherproof/waterproof.”

Best suede ankle boots with low heel

VIONIC Serena

“These are the absolute definition of perfection. They are amazingly comfortable, the arch support is phenomenal, and they are incredibly cute! I’m a picky, picky person when it comes to shoes but I have zero complaints about these,” raves one reviewer. The heel height was generally agreed to be the main selling point. “I have a Achilles tendonitis, and usually the day after wearing any sort of heel, I’m regretting it. These though, were super comfortable all day, and the support they have is amazing,” writes one reviewer. A second reviewer with high arches writes, “The heel is a great height without being uncomfortable to walk in. I will be getting another pair. The weather resistance is an added bonus!”

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The Best Women’s Ankle Boots on Zappos, According to Reviews