Open-toe sandals are summer staples, but picking a go-to shoe for the remaining three seasons isn’t as cut and dried. For a footwear option that’s as versatile as it is stylish, consider gray ankle boots. These chic, yet sturdy shoes work well with both pants and dresses and can serve as the basis for a myriad of fashionable options. Pair your boots with both dressy and casual separates. With so many options available, you might find yourself wearing them in summertime, too.

Pants and Leggings

Ankle boots are particularly flattering when paired with skinny jeans or leggings. Team dark-wash skinnies or black leggings with gray suede ankle boots; select a pair with a bit of a heel to help continue a long, slender leg line. Balance your sleek bottoms with a top with a bit more volume -- think a long neutral or jewel-toned tunic or an oversized chunky-knit sweater. For a bit of edge, try a printed T-shirt and leather moto jacket, or dress the look up with an ivory blouse and fitted blazer. For a casual finish, opt for simple accessories such as metallic hoops and a menswear-inspired link watch. For a more upscale appearance, opt for a jeweled statement necklace.

Flirty Dresses and Skirts

Whether you prefer a feminine flared skirt or a fitted shift with a bit of edge, ankle boots are a fail-safe way to complete your leg-baring look. Select a skirt that hits mid-thigh or even a bit above for the most flattering appearance. Go girly with a short floral A-line skirt and tucked-in white tee, or opt for a military-green shirt dress. Both styles work well with gray leather ankle boots with a stacked heel. For more coverage, pair your gray ankle boots with a fitted, knee-length jersey dress in olive or navy and a 3/4 cardigan in a complimentary bronze or heather gray. Add chunky gold jewelry and a neutral leather satchel for a coordinated finish.