Tell Us: Will You Wear Ankle Boots?

08/09/2006 at 05:00 AM ET

Here’s a fall trend that is causing some trepidation: Ankle boots! Sure the likes of Mischa Barton and Kate Moss can pull it off, but for most of us this style has the potential to make our legs looks shorter and fatter than they are! We asked Julia Gilhart, fashion director of Barneys New York, how to wear this trend and she suggests staying away from Mischa’s look (left). “Bare legs are NOT the way to go,” says Gilhart. “You need opaque tights.” Another way that works: Paired with leggings that are a little shorter, showing off just a hint of skin. What do you think? Would you wear ankle boots? The ones shown here from Bebe, $129, are pretty cute. Don’t you think?

For more ankle boots and how to wear them, check out PEOPLE’s StyleWatch Fall issue, on sale now at newsstands.

Photo: Tony Barson/WireImage; Jeff Harris

FILED UNDER: Shoes , Trends
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JB on

Being 5″2 and NOT anorexic (and no, not large either) I thought these boots were lame and would make me look shorter and squatty. I bought a really care pair and I LOVE them…they look great under jeans like normal boots or so cute with a tunic and leggings! The ones Mischa has are ugly and her entire ensemble is hideous….

Girls, take a chance and try something new…who knows you just may end up loving them as much as I do!

cam on

only dumb americans could object to this style. ankle boots are hot if you know how to wear them!

melissa on

I defenitely agree with those who said that it takes a confident risk-taking gal to wear these shoes. Obviously, a lot of girls who posted here are “haters” and probably have a boring and “safe” sense of style.
Woman Up, girls!

Lola on

i like this style. in this pic i don’t like it really but ankle boots can be very stylish. i bet the most of these people who “hate” these shoes, have no fashion sense and wear lame clothes. you have to be open for new things!
and i don’t get it why people sream “eww!!… yuck!…bla bla bla”. calm down, they’re just some shoes. it’s a lil bit ridiculous to behave like this.

sorry for my english, i’m not a native english speaker.


beautiful shoes. i like them, very cute. so, all of you who`re saying that thoes are ugly: BEAT IT.

mimi on

omg! the boots are oh so very cute but they can be oh so vey ugly just depends what u wear them with.and also what type u get, i mean the ones misha is weraing-eww but the ones shown-:) i mean u wuldnt go out like misha in a dress and those boots but if u wore them with a shotyish skirt n leggings or footless tights that go just above the top of the ankle boots then it works bcz i do and i get loads of compliments on how nice they look! also dont confuse CALF boots with ANKLE boots!!!!

Angela on

I think that in this specefic case, the ankle boots look terrible. But all around ankle boots are really cute worn under pants.

Danielle on

The way she is wearing those boots is sooo ugly. The right ankle boot with the right outfit is cute and I would wear them.

Michelle on

Ankle boots are HOT HOT HOT if you know how to wear them. I would however suggest that Ms Barton wear them them with cute slacks and not an after 5 party dress.

alisha on

boots are hot & happening….but the one’s that she is wearin are ridiculous with ‘that’ outfit….they look really cute on shorts & other stuff….but not such dresses….

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