.... a pair of ankle boots.
I know it sounds bonkers but these are a more obvious choice than you would think.
They are, in fact, the perfect year round footwear. Admittedly in the Summer I prefer a suede version but today, for example you would be more than grateful for a pair of leather ones. Handily for me, I have both. But these aren't a new purchase. I have three pairs (black, navy and taupe) and I bought my first pair six years ago. And they get worn as often as the other two newer pairs (although the navy ones are in their third year now and I capitulated and bought the taupe ones last year)
What I'm trying to say (and totally complicating the issue - anyone still here?) is that not only are they an investment for all year round, they will get worn in years to come as well. And, as if they weren't magic enough, they are incredibly versatile too.
Short skirts, skinny jeans, shorts, boyfriend jeans, dresses, midi skirts and culottes. They can be worn with all of these. And the best thing, if you are as absolutely pap at fake tanning your feet as I am (I still maintain it's not my fault and having feet that are akin to a skeleton's, covered in tracing paper, plus toes like twiglets, it is hard) boots hide all the sins. What's not to love?
I have been wearing mine this past week and was exceptionally grateful to my navy Newburys from Rag & Bone for keeping my tootsies dry on the school run. I also find that they're a great wardrobe addition in this incredibly random weather (aka The British Summer) that we're having. A Summery top and jeans, teamed with boots somehow works in balancing both warmer and cooler hours (as it does seem to go from hot to freezing about 10 times a day at the mo) Throw on a scarf that you can then take off when the sun comes out and you're sorted whatever the weather.
My other favourites are my black suede Ohio boots which are from Pied a Terre, six years ago (so long ago, they don't even make shoes anymore!) and are pretty much identical to the Ash Jalouse. Or the Isabel Marant Dickers. You can argue the toss about which came first but I still stand by my Ohios as being the predecessor to both of them. *punches air*.
Jalouse are ridiculously short on stock everywhere by this time of year and I think the Dickers are ridiculously overpriced (and low stock so clearly not everyone shares my opinion - and wouldn't it be a dull world if we all spent money on the same thing) but there are lots of very similar options out there, without spending a fortune.
Some great options at Mint Velvet including these lookie likies.
Black Eva Leather Boots from Mint Velvet were £139 now £99
Another similar version at Mango and frankly, at this price, I would spray these (with a protective spray) and definitely wear them in light Summer rain.
Suede Ankle Boots was £53.99 now £39.99
Other colours are available in the sale at M&S.
Suede Elasticated Panel Ankle boots in the sale at M&S were £59 now £29 in navy (and who doesn't love a navy boot!)
However as well as having a sale on, M&S also have 20% off until midnight tonight. Off everything.
Stain Away Suede Ankle boots in Graphite now £52 were £65
Or in the more unusual plum shade.
Winter White in the sale at M&S - these are leather and aren't going to be for everyone but I'm quite taken to them - and I think they'd work equally well into A/W teamed with all black or all navy.
Pointed Toe Chelsea Ankle Boots were £65 now £39
And in the suede khaki version. Were £65 now £32
One of my favourite places to look at theroetically out of season shoes, is Shoeaholics, the discount site of Kurt Geiger. And, as per usual, they are some gems to be found.
These I am tempted to buy as I just love them. Adore them and they'd be a no brainer all year round. A total tribute to the Acne boots at a smidge of the price.
Scottie Black Mid Heel was £150 now £59 (more I look at these, the more I love them)
If not suede - then hello ponyskin...
Scout Black by Kurt Geiger was £160 now £49
More suede - this time a super super bargain in tan.
Bunty Tan Mid Heel by Anne Klein was £105 now £29
Or a black version.... again only £29
Another amazing Nine West bargain - I love the lighter heel.
Jarrad Black Low Heel Boot from Nine West was £115 now £39
But on a day like today, leather was needed and these again are a great all year round option.
Bargains to be had yet again at Shoeaholics.
Sasha Black Mid Heel Ankle Boot was £160 now £49
A flat pair, also at Kurt Geiger Black. Lang boots was £160 now £49
Absolute classic tan ankle boots from Seven Boot Lane.
Tan leather ankle boot - the Delphine £165
Textured leather - my top tip. Would adore these.....my fave pairs along with the Delphines above and the bargain black Scotties.
Dune Black Piah Reptile Ankle boots were £180 now £126
Or in the black also £126 from £180
Or a mix of both from Rag & Bone. Bargains to be had at The Outnet.
Kendall Leather and Suede boots were £460 now £184
And the lower version - The Mercer were £470 now £211.50 Or maybe these... hell I could do with more than a couple of new pairs.
Last option which does work in both sun and rain (although I would get spraying beforehand...) is nubuck.
And some great reductions again at Mint Velvet.
Tan Stella Ankle Boot was £149 now £99
In taupe again now £99
And a black nubuck also £99
Or the ultimate in day to night boots - the Limited Edition Diva Boots in Silver Glitter from Seven Boot Lane £175
Honestly I think everyone can justify at least a couple of pairs. Are you an ankle boot fan and do you find them as useful all year round as I do?
I am having to sit on my credit card not to go and splurge.....
And can I please polish my halo as I haven't bought ANYTHING in the sale yet. Admittedly I did buy two things at full price on Friday, which I will be reporting back on very shortly. Maybe tomorrow - but I have another MUST HAVE sales purchase I think I need to make. Again, if I call it an investment...???