Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times
Ankle boots are nothing new, but the evolution of the bootee is astounding. Heel heights have spiked, the peep toe is a common feature and metallic details add some punch to conservative styles. Since it grazes the ankle it is versatile enough to wear with dresses and pants, but not as formal or stuffy as a pump.
Pictured: Dolce vita ankle boot, $200 at shopbop.com