ankle straps

November 6, 2013

Ah, the ankle strap. It initially appeared a year or two ago as a bit of a fad — or maybe exclusively for the leggy girls who could seemingly pull off anything — but the ankle straps are clearly not going anywhere, and this average girl has totally embraced it. Reason being? They’re totally functional yet pretty darn sexy if  you don’t mind me saying. Especially in the heel version, pair them with dresses and skirts (promise most won’t make you look too stumpy! It works on my 5’3 self and I get tons of compliments along the way), and you can also wear skinny pants that skim your ankle, or go for a boot or wide-leg cut that cover the straps. I love how the ankle strap makes shoes easier to walk in, eliminates the fear your heel might pop out and keeps you more steady. Can you tell this clumsy girl approves? Ha! Here are our favorite finds for fall…

ankle strap shoes for fall 2013


 color-block flat //  glitter cap toe //  tan + camo flat

 pointed toe gold flat (just $30, and comes in 5 colors!)//  chain link flat // studded glam flat

asymmetrical nude heel // navy kitten heel (comes in 5 colors!) // black pointed toe heel

red bow pump //  leopard kitten heel //  red kitten heel

open-toe (perfect with tights!) // two-tone (also in red) // black bootie

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  • Snaps of Ginger

    I LOVE the red bow pumps! Perfect for the holidays. Too bad I don’t dress up for them ;-)


  • Allison Buthray

    I’m so totally into the ankle strap pumps and I also find them more comfortable to wear! You’re not gripping to keep them on all night!

    xoxo, Ally

  • Lyddiegal

    Despite the issue of looking shorter, I’ve embraced the ankle strap because it solves the issue of slipping out of my shoes, a really big problem for someone who’s feet are short and wide. Ankle straps are saviors!

  • Tara

    LOVE the Sam Edelman one!

  • Andi Perullo de Ledesma

    They are all gorgeous!

  • Kristin Swenson

    I’m obsessed with ankle straps! I swear the last several pairs of shoes I’ve bought are ankle straps. Just got some amazing metallic Atwoods!

  • sandyalamode

    i love that they are functional and stylish!!! a little pain to get on and off though…

    Sandy a la Mode

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