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By Ajit Berg, Published September 19 2013

Bootie beauties: Ankle boots a must-have item for fall footwear

FARGO – If you’re look-ing to fall into step with this season’s best trend, pick up a pair of ankle boots.

The must-have styles are more dramatic than pretty, with an edgy, modern twist.

I love how they combine a woman’s femininity with her strength. There’s no doubt you will feel more confident wearing them.

These abbreviated boots are surprisingly versatile. You can wear them with everything from skinny jeans to dresses and skirts.

In fact, the masculinity of these boots makes them look best worn with some-thing feminine.

Black is the top color of choice, but gray gets high honors as it is considered the new neutral of fall. Warm camels and tans are also a staple colors if you’re looking for a little diversity.

Here is a rundown of the hottest new booties to step out on the autumn cat-walks.

Stacked heel

These boots are reminis-cent of the ’70s with their thick block heels.

What makes these boots special is that they come up higher on your leg than any ankle boots we have seen in recent seasons.

There is a sophistication and simplicity to these shoes that make them easy to wear.

You will see this stacked-heel bootie in luxurious materials, such as pony hair and soft Nappa leather and suede.

Wear these booties with a midi-length dress or cropped pant and a cozy fisherman’s sweater for an updated look.

Western

The Western-style ankle booties were a staple for spring and summer and this boot has not lost any speed as it revs up again for the fall season.

They are a take on the cowboy boot, but have a Bohemian vibe.

Pair them with jeans, skirts and dresses. Com-bine them with your boy-friend jeans and a crisp white shirt, and you will look effortlessly cool.

Wedges

Not only are classic wedge booties in style this season, but there is a new wedge in town with a sporty look.

The most-coveted bootie this season is by Isabel Marant, a French designer who pushes the boundaries with her trend-setting styles, and this boot is no exception.

Heralded as the boot of the season among celebri-ties, this boot is a high-top pumped up with a wedge and complete with stylish Velcro closures. The shoe features more of a pointed toe, and the ankle first snuggly to the leg.

Wear these cool wedges with your favorite dark-wash skinnies and cozy sweater, or take it up a notch and wear them with a sexy fitted dress.

Biker boot

The punk rock days ’70s make a comeback with the “cool girl” biker bootie.

From slouchy leather booties to an over-the-top studded motorcycle-style boots, these shoes make a statement.

They’re adorned with buckles, zippers and laces and come in flats or even stiletto form.

Mix feminine with mas-culine by combining your biker bootie with a sweet floral silk dress and “moto” jacket.

Peep-toes

Put your peep-toe pumps to the side and reach for something more daring this season by taking to look to your booties.

This season’s simple sheaths and silk lingerie-type dresses paired with the peep toe bootie take on a whole new sexy look.

Cutout details are a big trend in clothes for this season and they are seen in booties as well.