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The Hottest Women's Ankle Boots for 2013

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Though I've stated before that ankle boots aren't typically my favorite style, and that I'm much more of a "tall boots" kind of girl, the stunning selection of short boots for fall/winter 2013 - 2014 could definitely change all of that. Seriously. There were so many gorgeous styles to choose from that it took me forever to narrow this list down to something manageable.

In keeping with the season's hottest trends, you'll find below lots of boots with western styling, a few somewhat grunge-y styles, and of course, some classics for good measure.

For advice on how to wear them, you can have a look at my tips on what to wear with ankle boots.

Dolce Vita 'Beryl' - Short Dress Boots with Hidden Wedge Heels

Bright red ankle boots with hidden wedge heels.
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There's something really cool about hidden wedge heels -- especially on sleek, short boots like these suede stunners from Dolce Vita.

Because the covered wedge heels are so blended with the boots' uppers, they don't seem nearly as bulky or obtrusive as some other wedge styles do. And, that cohesiveness allows styles like this to be successfully worn with a wider variety of outfits.

For example, boots like these would look great with jeans, pants, or suits, but they'd also work well with skirts and dresses. And, if you brought a pair of sexy stockings or tights into the equation, well, then they sky would be the limit.

Available in red, black, and taupe, these boots have 4.25" heels, and cost right around $190. (Buy Direct)

Report Signature 'Allon' - Velvet Grunge

Grunge-styled, lace-up ankle boots in blue velvet, with lug soles and chunky heels.
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Yes, they're definitely grunge-inspired, but their inky blue velvet uppers take these lace-up ankle boots to a whole new level.

And, while their casual nature makes these lookers a natural for pairing with jeans, it would be a shame not to show them off. The good news is, it is easy to do so, because these boots would look great paired with tights and worn with casual skirts and dresses.

You could even go the leggings route if you wanted, but I'd still consider wearing an extra long shirt or tunic with them, to help balance out the chunky 3.5" heels and lug soles.

Also available in faux black leather, these boots ring up at just under $105. (Buy Direct)

Nine West 'Araye' - Sexy Platform Ankle Boots

Black suede ankle boots with side zippers; tall, straight heels; and double platform soles.
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These ankle boots are so incredibly sexy, but I nearly don't want to show them to you, because we're finally starting to move away from sky-high heels and towards more reasonable heights. Then again, I know that some of you are going to wear 4.5" heels anyway, so I might as well share these gems. And, since these suede dress boots are offset by 1" platform soles, they're not nearly as scary as they could be.

Also available in gray suede, as well as in black, cognac, and dark taupe leather, these Nine West boots would be perfect for dressing up your favorite jeans, but they'd also look great with suits, dresses and skirts. And, they're dressy enough that they could go from the office to dinner with ease.

Needless to say, they're not for high heel novices, or for anyone with a fear of heights. (Buy Direct)

Modern Vice 'Mystic' - Flat boots with Rhinestone Heels

Boots with synthetic red suede uppers and 1/2 inch rhinestone-embellished heels.
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Flat and low-heeled ankle boots, like these, really took off last year, and there are still plenty to choose from this season as well.

What I like about this particular pair is that their style is pretty basic, meaning they'd work into a lot of women's wardrobes. But, enhancing their classic design is their half-inch block heels that are dotted with shimmering rhinestones. It's just a little thing, but along with the synthetic red suede uppers, it really sets these ankle boots apart from the crowd.

Also available in black, these boots will set you back $170. (Buy Direct)

Söfft 'Makayla' - Classic, Dressy Ankle Boots

Short brown dress boots with combination croc-embossed leather and suede uppers.
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Luxurious and stylish, these women's ankle boots have a classic design that would allow you to wear them for years to come, while the multi-finish uppers give them just that right amount of glamor without being too fussy.

Available in black suede with black snake-embossed accents; leopard with black details; or chocolate with shimmery T.Moro snake print backs and toes, these dressy ankle boots have 3.5" heels, diagonal side zippers, and a price tag of just over $150. Any of the three versions are bound to get attention, but the dark brown is nearly too perfect to pass up. (Buy Direct)

Matisse 'Richards' - Cute, Casual and Unique

Low-heeled, engineer-styled ankle boots with tan, leopard print uppers.
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Here's something a little bit different in the fun and casual department, and I have to say, I love the faded leopard uppers on these cute, engineer-inspired ankle boots.

Boots like these are perfectly-suited to one thing: jeans. But, they can work with nearly any style you can throw at them, and thanks to the fun print, there's nothing boring or run-of-the mill about them.

If you like the pattern, but aren't crazy about the style, you may want to check out Matisse's "Soho," which features the same tan leopard print uppers, but is more of a western style with hefty 2.75" heels. (Buy Direct)

Marc by Marc Jacobs 'Classic' - Fun, Funky & Chunky Boots

Black ankle boots with 3.5" chunky heels, and a tiny silver star pattern on their uppers.
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Here's another winner in the casual boots department, and if it wasn't for them costing nearly $450, they'd already be in my closet. Because, while it's pretty much a given that nobody does casual, cool, grunge quite like Marc Jacobs, he's really outdone himself with these knockout ankle boots.

The chunky 3.5" heels are just the perfect height, and the tiny stars dotting the black suede uppers bring the perfect amount of casual glam to the overall package. Naturally, they'd be great with jeans, but if you really want to show these puppies off, you'd wear them with a skirt or dress, and use a pair of tights to tie the whole look together. (Buy Direct)

Pour La Victoire 'Bissit' - Stylish Ankle Boots in Black or Red

Black leather square-toed ankle boots with patent toe caps and curved high heels.
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One of my favorite styles on the list, these ankle boots from Pour La Victoire perfectly straddle the line between classic and edgy. Their basic shape and finish gives them a look that transcends trends, and their modern heels and glossy accents bringing a high-end, contemporary vibe to the mix.

A great match for everything from jeans to maxi skirts, these pretties come in black or red, with both versions featuring a metallic silver lining on their curved 4" heels. (Buy Direct)

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