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Boots are a year-round footwear option;

 adding dimension to any season’s ensemble –

and ankle boots are decidedly, a versatile choice.

During the 2011 fashion season

Nicolas Ghesquiere, then creative director at Balenciaga showcased

ankle boots that seemed a melding of Doc Martens (thick soles),

black leather biker boots (detailed top)

and with … cut-outs.

These were boots with attitude and then some;

adding a distinct edginess to an overall look.

Balenciaga, s/s 2011

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For a/w 2013

  Balenciaga has introduced its

Ceinture High Derby

inspired by the s/s 2011 collection.

These ‘got it to have them’ footwear

have ignited a fashion footwear crush – rush.

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Ceinture High Derby:  black, metal hardware

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Ceinture High Derby:   two-toned

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Ceinture High Derby:  blue, embossed, iridescent

The stampede to acquire this coveted footwear

has meant that many on trend fashionistas

were left disappointed, as stock from several shops

has unfortunately run out.

Other brands offer stylish cut-out ankle boots

with specific, on point detailing –

and are readily obtainable.

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 Everly cut-out ankle boot by Jeffrey Campbell

Cut-outs:  out and about

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Catching some rays

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In stormy weather

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Gender neutral footwear, go for it gents!

In teal blue from Choices

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donkey cool kilt

Lady like-able

International crowd pleaser

mango and salt via international street style

On the streets of Barcelona: claro que si!

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Taking a bite out of the Big Apple (NYC)

Veinna

For a Viennese waltz, with a strong bass

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 London calling, dial Zara boots

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A Dutch treat, boots by Sacha