Can Middle Aged Women Really Wear Ankle Boots?

teal dress with ankle boots and cardigans+cat ...
teal dress with ankle boots and cardigans+cat eye sunglasses and louis vuitton speedy-los angeles (Photo credit: …love Maegan)

Ankle boots are back and it looks as though they’re here to stay.


Sometimes I wonder what the fashionistas and designers are thinking. Do they ever consider how middle-aged women will look in their designs or are we really as invisible as they’d like us to be?


Let’s pause for a moment and think about the crop top, the g-string, low-waist jeans and platform wedges. I rest my case.


Because while having twigs for legs might suit the cut of the ankle boot, that doesn’t mean they will suit the swollen ankles of menopause.


Which is why I was obviously a little reticent about the return of the ankle boot.


I may not be a fashion or style writer, but I am a middle-aged woman who still gets a compulsive enjoyment out of fashion and I am always in search of clothes that don’t make me look a) like a hooker or b) like a bag lady.


And just as I scoffed when some idiot thought that skinny jeans would look good on everyone, and then at jeggings a few years later, more recently I have been guilty of ridiculing the return of the ankle boot.


‘You’ll never get me back in fucking ankle boots!’ I might have declared to my friends a year or so ago.


It was about the same time that I had just broken the bank and tested my marriage vows when I splashed out impulsively on a pair of VERY expensive, vintage-looking, knee-high tan boots and was still happily cavorting around in them ‘Kate Moss at Coachella’ style. 

Kate Moss by Mr Brainwash (Thierry Guetta), Ne...
Kate Moss by Mr Brainwash (Thierry Guetta), New Oxford Street, London (Photo credit: chrisjohnbeckett)


But fashion moves forward at a relentless pace, and typically, as soon as I buy anything VAGUELY fashionable, you can guarantee it’s OUT.


And ankle boots began to breed like Octomom in every shoe shop.


So I was forced to consider them again. Perhaps I had been hasty in my judgment and they wouldn’t make my legs look stumpier, if that was physically possible? With a chunky heel, they could almost look flattering, my inner voice prayed?


But could the middle-aged bag lady really admit to being wrong about fashion AGAIN?


NC had bought a few pairs (because she’s a student and has lots more disposable income than I do, working in the local bar at the same time as fleecing her parents), so I snuck into her room one night to see how they looked on my tree trunks legs.


Not bad…


So I figured  – naively – that with half the materials required of a normal boot, a pair should set me back half the cost, shouldn’t they?


Alas, no.


And so the search began. My quest: to source the perfect pair of ankle boots for under $60. I could pay for them with cash and pretend the money was for Kurt’s drumming lesson so that the old man need never be the wiser. Can Middle-Aged Women Really Wear Ankle Boots?


I found this pair in Just Jeans and at $59.95 my new ankle boots look super-cute with my short dresses with leggings get-up. Can Middle-Aged Women Really Wear Ankle Boots?






Enhanced by Zemanta

10 thoughts on “Can Middle Aged Women Really Wear Ankle Boots?

  1. I want to come shopping with you! Love the ankle boot look you created at the end there and I ADORE and highly approve of your tactics for concealing the fact that said purchase actually cost money. Now all you’ve got to do is wear them around the house before hiding them in the bottom of the wardrobe for a week and you can justifiably say ‘What these? No, they’re not new,’ when hubbie spots them.


    1. We are kindred spirits. I don’t have to do that as he never notices anything I wear – the only thing he notices is what goes through the bank account. The cash trick has worked for a while. He’s dumber than he looks.


    1. I love it when people send me links to great blogs, so thanks. Looks interesting although the fashion in Paris is very different to what works here in Australia. They don’t do a lot of colour there, in my experience, whereas here it is about sunshine and brightness. I have a few of the essentials in my wardrobe, although not a lot of use for a blazer which I still have from when I lived in the UK.


  2. I am not a fan of ankle boots with dresses – I wear them with my jeans but can’t bring myself to wear them with a dress – not that I do dresses while I am so over weight – but even when I am down to my ‘normal” weight and wearing dresses and tights – I just can’t do ankle boots – sorry !
    Have the best day !


  3. They look great and I’m sure they’d look perfectly fine on you even in bare legs, not whiteknighting, but if you don’t like the look on yourself no one forces you to follow it because it’s in now in fashion, as flats, heels wedges and sandals are still classics.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.