Season after season, black booties continue to be the ‘it’ shoe that everybody has, wants, and possibly even needs. I personally do not know what I would do without my seven-ish pairs of black booties. I wear them year round and with everything from skinny jeans to skirts. I love the mad height they give my 5’ 2’’ frame and the fact they can withstand the miles of walking I do everyday.
But buyers beware, pick the wrong style and you might find your bootie looking less than the effortless accessory it’s meant to be. A bootie is not simply just a bootie, there are many factors to take into account; heel height, ankle rise, toe shape, instep – not to mention all of the trendy add-ons.
Check out my lowdown of the best black booties in a variety of styles, perfect for every body type. Hopefully it will provide an end to your search for the perfect pair.
Women with long legs should look for detail like ankle straps or studs as a playful way to add volume without bulk. For a petite girl, choose a lace-up bootie with a chunky heel; the higher the pitch, the longer your legs will appear. Girls with curvy legs want to put emphasis on a small ankle, look for a boot that hits right below or at the smallest part of the ankle. Thin girls with lanky legs can reach for a boot that ends well above the ankle, breaking up the line of the leg. For muscular calves find a bootie that ends at the top of your ankle, or an inch above, but below the thickest part of your calf. The key is to play down the difference between the ankle and the calf.
- Ivanka Trump, Danny Short, $132.30
- Freda Salvador, Dream Black Dotted, $550
- Rag & Bone, Miles, $550
- Zara, High Heel Ankle Boots with Straps, $159
- Cheap Monday, Layer Booties, $180
- Rachel Zoe, Gabriella High Heel, $318.50
- Rachel Comey, Asset Boots, $495
- Kate Spade, Mannie High Heel, $350
- Corso Como, Alexandra, $189
- French Connection, Rosa High Heel, $165