Women Across America Are Officially Retiring This Ankle Boot Trend

Updated 09/11/18
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Ankle-boot season is upon us, and before you go blindly scrolling forth through the thousands of new ankle-boot arrivals, you might as well get a little expert advice. For that, we consulted Katie Smith, the retail analysis and insights director at Edited, a fashion and retail technology company that's our go-to source for the latest market trends. This time around, we asked Smith to fill us in on the ankle-boot trend that people have stopped buying in 2018, and her answer was clear: faux-fur boots.

Despite being on the F/W 18 runways of Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana, and Michael Kors, sellouts of faux-fur styles are down by 40%. But new arrivals are up by 90%, with leopard-print boots leading the charge. Smith also filled us in on a few styles that are trending for fall. Read on to shop the trends and find out why they'll be everywhere this season.

What's Selling: Statement-Heel Ankle Boots

"Inspired by luxury styles from Miu Miu, Nicholas Kirkwood, and Prozena Schouler, there has been a 24% increase in new arrivals this fall. Sellouts are up 180% too, with pearl heels being the most popular." — Katie Smith

Pearl-Heel Ankle Boot
Yuul Yie Pearl-Heel Ankle Boots $470
Hexagon Sculpture Heel Boots
Topshop Hexagon Sculpture Heel Boots $170
Mira pearl-heeled suede ankle boots
Nicholas Kirkwood Mira Pearl-Heeled Suede Ankle Boots $895
Zara Fashion Wedge Ankle Boots $90
Patent leather ankle boots
Ellery Patent Leather Ankle Boots $529

What's Selling: Embellished/Embroidered Ankle Boots

"This trend was a big hit last fall, and retailers have eased off considerably this year, assuming it was over. New arrivals have shrunk 31% so far this season. However, consumers aren't over the trend! They want more of that Gucci-ornate-look footwear. Sellouts have climbed 167%." — Katie Smith

Candy Floral Embroidered Bootie
Gucci Candy Floral Embroidered Booties $1780
Georgina Studded Bootie
Tory Burch Georgina Studded Booties $498
Cheongsam flower Pike boots
Kenzo Cheongsam Flower Pike Boots $495
Dawyna Western leather ankle boot
Isabel Marant Dawyna Western Leather Ankle Boots $780
AlexaChung Embroidered Velvet Ankle Boots $555 $249

What's Selling: White Ankle Boots

"This trend first hit last November, and this month, retailers have come back stronger than ever before, with a 383% increase in new styles so far this fall compared to last, and sellouts are up 343%. Pedro Garcia white booties have been the best seller so far." — Katie Smith

Pedro Garcia Berta Mirrored Heel Ankle Boots $695
Westin Boots
Rag & Bone Westin Boots $495
Acne Studios Jensen Booties $560
Kinzey Booties
Sam Edelman Kinzey Booties $140
& Other Stories Low Leather Cowboy Boots $179

What's Selling: Lace-Up Ankle Boots

"Victorian-inspired lace-up heeled ankle boots were on the fall runways at Chloé, Temperley London, Versace, and Haider Ackermann. Only 14 styles have arrived online nationwide since July 1, so it's a potential trend that's currently flying under the radar!" — Katie Smith

Tibi Asher Booties $695
By Far Kate Black Suede Boots $485
Emmet Suede Point-Toe Lace-Up Ankle Boots
Tabitha Simmons Emmet Suede Point-Toe Lace-Up Ankle Boots $895
Blaze Embellished Pointy Toe Bootie
Saint Laurent Blaze Embellished Pointy Toe Booties $1595
Dôen Victoriana Boots $278

Next up: five fall trends that aren't worth your money.

This story was originally published on Who What Wear.

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