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Four Comfortable Ankle Boots for Fall with Five-Star Reviews
Just because our feet are difficult here at the Barking Dog, doesn’t mean we can’t wear the current trends and still be comfortable. And even though it’s currently 85 degrees out, Target’s aisle of pumpkin spice made its debut last weekend, so guess what? It’s officially ankle boot season.
Cooler weather can be your friend after a summer of strappy sandals and flip-flops. Weak ankles will welcome the extra support of the boots featured below. Find the ankle boot that fits your foot issue whether it be arch support, wide toe box, orthotic-friendly, multiple width or extended size.
- Alegria Eliza. Alegria (“happiness” in Spanish) started out as an orthopedic brand whose sole focus was manufacturing footwear for the working professional (nurses, teachers, chefs, salon workers). Over the past few years, they’ve branched out into everyday styles: ankle boots, sandals, even flats.
The Eliza is one of Alegria’s most popular styles for fall and is a great choice for feet that need arch support but want to dress up a bit. An Amazon customer describes this ankle boot as a, “high tech orthotic-y fashion boot worth every penny.” In fact, a few reviews state that because of the excellent support, an orthotic is not needed. However, the cork and latex footbed is removable just in case. Do keep in mind the Eliza features a 2″ heel with a 1/2″ platform–higher than your classic Alegrias.
For those of you that must wear an AFO but are tired of the same New Balance clunkers, the Alegria Eliza may be a fashionable solution–perhaps order up a size?
The toe box is rounded and wide, designed to accommodate bunions and a slight
rocker sole reduces stress on joints through the stride. A side zipper aids in easy on and off. As much as online customers comment on the comfort of this boot, they also pointed out the pretty velvet or grosgrain laces with silver-filigree tips.
I checked the AlegriaShoeShop.com site for sizing information and found that the
2. Vionic Becca Wedge Lace-up. If you’re looking for an ankle boot with a slimmer profile than the Alegria with pronounced arch support, the Vionic Becca might suit you well. It features a removable microfiber-covered EVA orthotic insert that may take some getting used to, but if you have high arches, your feet will thank you.
I’m a longtime admirer of the Toms desert boot. In fact, the reviews skew positive for their all-day comfort, but I have a feeling those are from young gals with really healthy feet. The Vionic Becca resembles the Toms but has a slightly lower wedge heel and that incredibly supportive footbed. The Becca is available in medium and wide widths, but I’ve read that it runs a little narrow and small, so order accordingly. The Vionic Becca is available from Amazon, Shoemall, and Shoes.com.
3. Naturalizer Zarie: The Zarie isn’t going to offer the same kind of arch support as the ankle boots featured above, but for an otherwise healthy foot, you can’t beat its stylish good looks. A contoured footbed provides moderate arch support with dual-density cushioning.
The almond-shaped toe box means that the boot comes to a soft-tapered point which of course will feel more narrow than Alegria’s rounded toe box but hopefully not cramped like a pointy-toed shoe.
The Zarie comes in extended sizes and multiple widths from narrow to extra wide. You may find that the Zarie runs a bit narrow, so an extra-wide width fits a wide-width foot best. Available from Zappos, Naturalizer.com, and Nordstrom.
4. Hotter Whisper. Have you tried Hotter? They’re a comfort shoe brand from the UK churning out some fabulous footwear that fits like a dream whether you have extra wide feet, bunions, hammertoes, or need custom orthotics. Read more about the brand here.
The Hotter Whisper ankle boot is one of their original styles with a 5-star overall customer rating for comfort. See two reviews from happy Hotter customers:
“Having sticky up big toes, the depth and width for my toes is absolute bliss. My toes don’t rub on the uppers and they are so comfy I can wear them and walk in them all day. Never had such well fitting footwear. Wish I’d discovered Hotters years ago.”
“This is my first purchase from Hotter. I have severe orthopedic issues and have a challenging time finding shoes…let alone boots that can look cute with leggings, skinny jeans, and skirts. I love these boots! They are very COMFORTABLE and stylish! They accommodate my custom orthotics! This is the first boot that I’ve tried on where I can actually walk and use my foot and leg like it’s supposed to work. Most boots don’t allow me to do that. I’m thrilled and suprised! I’m getting ready to buy another pair.”
The Hotter Whisper boot is available in whole and half sizes 5-10, 11 in standard (US medium) and extra wide (US wide) widths for $115.
Since the Hotter factory is located in England, it will take around 14 days to receive your shoes. While shipping for one item will cost $10 to the US, there’s almost always a discount code available on their homepage. You can read all about their shipping and return policies here.