Fall boot reviews (& booties for narrow ankles!)

how to style ankle boots booties for fall outfits

Boot shopping might just be the trickiest kind of shoe shopping. From finding styles that suit slim calves to muscular calves, narrow ankles to short shins (story of my life), the fit challenges can go on and on! I got to try on lots of fall boots from Sole Society, and am partnering with them to highlight the options that fit the best on me!

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Fall-worthy boots:
  • Carillo bootie (pictured in today’s post) – Narrow ankles rejoice! The stretch gore panels mean a closer fit around the ankle opening, with no irritation or rubbing when you walk. These look equally flattering on bare legs or with skinny ankle jeans or leggings. Note the Camel here is actually more like a butterscotch, with a hint of dark burnt orange. The Taupe (currently stocked in all sizes) would’ve been my first choice if I didn’t already own booties in that color.
  • Ravenna OTK boot – As far as over-the-knee boots go, these are very petite-friendly. I didn’t keep these as I have similar boots, but the stretch suede fabric shaft fit very slim on me (recommended for narrow calves), and the height wasn’t too tall at about 2 inches past my knees. There’s a nifty zipper by the inner ankles that you don’t see often on similar styles. The zipper not only helps with getting in & out, but you can also stick your hand through there to pull down the hem of bunched up leggings or jeans!
  • Vixen suede bootie (on final sale) – With a low 1.75″ block heel, these were recommended in my earlier posts as a casual bootie for everyday wear. The cut is slender with a feminine almond toe, so try a half size up if you want to fit socks. The New Camel color here is the closest amongst their styles to a true camel brown (a good dupe for my old booties in this IG post).
Non-boot recommendations:
  • The Katarina low pump (see them on me here and here) is one of my favorite shoe purchases of the year. I’ve heard so much good feedback from those of you who also picked it up! I wanted to mention that there is a new low-heeled style that fits the same, but is a regular pump (good for conservative offices) instead of an open, ankle-strap style.

casual preppy fall outfit new hampshire foliage
sole society gray wool hat camel scarf

Sole Society hat (also worn here) + cross hatch scarf c/o

This scarf was love as soon as I received it – the shape is long instead of square, but more uniquely, the two ends are slanted so it will automatically have that “draped” effect. Usually with a square or rectangle scarf, I have to do some folding and manipulating to get the ends to look nice and layered. The material is a cross-hatch woven texture, and sheds less than most of my other scarves.

cute ankle boots outfits and new england foliageThank you to Sole Society for partnering on this post.


27 thoughts on “Fall boot reviews (& booties for narrow ankles!)

  • Reply Jennie Nguyen October 18, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Do you have any recommendations for OTK boots that is under $200 and work for our height?

    • Reply Thao T October 19, 2017 at 11:25 am

      Hey ~ I just bought some from Macy’s, Steve Madden’s ‘Gorgeous OTK boots’ (they’re black and currently on sale) – I’m 5’1/size 6 shoe but listened to the reviews and got 5.5 and it fits really nicely.

  • Reply Mizeats October 18, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    Love the earthy tones in this outfit! You always have great recommendations, Jean! I reach for my trusty Steve Madden boots so often! Thanks so much!! 😊

    • Reply Mizeats October 19, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      Oops! I meant the Sam Edelman boots. :/

  • Reply Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog October 18, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    Gotta get my hands on the Carillo Boots. Finally a pair of booties made for narrow ankled girls! Thanks!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Reply Michelle X Pan October 18, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    I always have trouble finding OTK boots that fit me, I have pretty narrow calves and most boots tend to slide down because they’re too loose. Gotta check out the Ravennas! Also, absolutely loving that scarf, it looks so cozy 🙂

    – Michelle –

  • Reply Helen October 19, 2017 at 12:15 am

    I have pretty narrow ankles myself, so I really appreciate all these recommendations! I really love the fun elastic detail on the Carrillo Bootie you’re wearing in this post.


  • Reply Elizabeth October 19, 2017 at 1:21 am

    I love the booties that you’re wearing so much, and how you styled it with a skirt for such a chic and cute look! <3 🙂 And thank you so much for such thorough reviews of all of these great shoe finds! I'm a bit taller, but I also suffer from the thin ankle problem, so this is super helpful!

    XO, Elizabeth

  • Reply Marjorie October 19, 2017 at 2:17 am

    This camel booties are so beautiful. Love them with skirt!


  • Reply Neeltje | Thoughts in Style October 19, 2017 at 2:35 am

    I love this outfit! X

  • Reply Jenny John October 19, 2017 at 5:33 am

    Wow …
    As winter is coming near boots are my favourite. This post has a good chunk of information for the boots lover.
    Will use the tips 🙂

  • Reply Petite Teacher October 19, 2017 at 6:05 am

    Wow, I am amazed how well ankle boots go with your skirt. I find that such a challenge as a petite. I often opt for other type of shoes to combine with dresses and skirts, since I have the feeling ankle boots make my legs look shorter (and they are short enough as they are). On you it just looks great here! Lovely autumn outfit. Love, Lieske

  • Reply Rachelle October 19, 2017 at 6:52 am

    You look adorable, love that skirt on you.


  • Reply Shloka October 19, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Such awesome recommendations especially for a super petite girl like me!


  • Reply Jennifer Hu October 19, 2017 at 10:47 am

    What a lovely scarf! And I have boots similar to yours! I recommend checking out Lauren Conrad! Their boots are perfect for petites and add a little heel without it being too overwhelming! Happy almost weekend 🙂

  • Reply Mei October 19, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Boot season is here! I’m really looking for a new pair of booties, thanks for the great recommendations!


  • Reply Khloe October 19, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Love the outfit !That skirt is so cute <3


  • Reply Katerina October 19, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Comfy and cute booties 🙂 I also love this extremely warm scarf!


  • Reply Oon October 19, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    I love Sole Society’s styles, but am really super disappointed that they have discontinued their smaller size range. Used to have 4 and 4 1/2 sizes. So frustrating to see them disappear! I now look at Nordstrom’s girls’ styles and do the best I can.

  • Reply Diana October 19, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    Love the booties, they look so comfy!!

  • Reply The pink pineapple October 20, 2017 at 2:01 am

    I love all pieces, you look so nice

  • Reply Shannon October 20, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Such a cute look and a beautiful foliage scene!!

  • Reply Sincerely Ophelia October 21, 2017 at 12:56 am

    I love the color of those boots. The outfit is on point for Fall as well!

    XOXO //

  • Reply Joua Yang October 22, 2017 at 11:52 am

    aaaaaaagh, you look amazing!! I too also have small ankles as a petite woman. Thanks for sharing as I’m looking to get new booties too.

    Joua to the Rescue

  • Reply Emily October 23, 2017 at 6:00 am

    Do you have any current recommendations for boots that hit below the knee? I have a pair of the brown Ariat York leather riding boots that you recommended a couple of years ago. The height on them is perfect and I’m now looking for something similar in black. Thank you!

  • Reply Kim Bronson October 30, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Would you be able to recommend a riding boot that does not go above the knee for thin calves?

  • Reply Chris November 19, 2017 at 12:07 am

    Thanks for this! Sole Society don’t ship to Australia 🙁 The Sam Edelman petty boot and Cole Haan Abbot boot look quite popular, but I haven’t been able to discern its circumference at the opening. Does anyone know if those are friendly for us tinies?

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