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Top 6 Ankle Boots

At Historical Emporium, we have been selling authentic period clothing since 2003, with thousands of satisfied customers around the world.

We have sold hundreds of ankle boots, and we listen closely to customer feedback to make sure we're delivering on the promise of unique, authentic clothing, world class service, and great prices.

We survey every customer to gauge their opinion of the products they bought, and put together this list of the top-ranked ankle boots in our store.

Shop with confidence, knowing that these terrific ankle boots have been tested and endorsed by our other customers, and that you will receive five star service along with a great value!


#1 Rated Ankle Boot
Mens Lace Up Boots - Black Leather

 Victorian Regency Old West Steampunk Edwardian Mens Footwear Black Leather Ankle Boots |Antique Vintage Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume | Frankenstein Mad Scientist Holmes and Watson Jack the Ripper Phantom Christine

ITEM 002085




Reviews of this Product

Average Rating: 4.32/5.00 stars from 47 reviews

Fit and Look Great
I bought this for Mark Twain Days. Lots of people dress in 1860 attire for the event. I look like I just arrived out west during the Comstock Era.
Apr 12, 2024
Laurence Marinel
Carson City NV
Men's Leather boots
Boots are perfect.
Oct 27, 2023
Julie Riordan
Salem OR
bittersweet and squeeky
At first these look awesome. You can't even tell that the laces (which are plenty long enough btw) are synthetic. As far as the lining goes, I wish it were leather and not synthetic. I really like that the soles are leather, that kind of authenticity is hard to find. Generally speaking they have been very comfortable for the start ,however going up and down stairs is slightly bothersome. After wearing them 5 times they already have multiple wrinkles and I don't expect them to last more than 2 years. If you need these for "costume" purposes and not everyday wear like me they are perfect. Despite all these issues I would still say that they are a decent inexpensive addition to my wardrobe.
Nov 19, 2018
josh baker
Men's Lace up Boots-Black Leather
I love these boots, so cool, so sharp style wise. But I take 1 star away because the laces were way too short, they were meant for shoes, not boots. I had laces from another pair of boots that I replaced them with, no big whoop!
Aug 30, 2018
Dave Lawless
Woodlyn Pa
After slipping these boots on, I was surprised that they were very comfortable as far as boots go. I wear a sz 10 and I expected a tight fit. These are nice and roomy, not too stiff and the ankles were not at all as bad as one review implied. Worth the money? Every penny! Beware: As with any good leather soles, these are extremely slippery and need a good asphalt dance at once. Very very happy with Historical Emporium as usual.
Jul 1, 2018
Woodland Hills Ca
Classy, but painful!
These boots look just as nice as they appear in the photo gallery on the website. However, take note of that stiff ankle. The leather there is also just as stiff as it appears in the photos! As soon as I put them on and took a step, I realized I'd sadly have to return them. If I had kept them, I would have worn them to one event, and then I would have never touched them again. If you're used to high ankle dress boots, I imagine you'd be fine. But if you aren't used to it, you're in for a wake-up call! Still, I cannot say enough good things about how classy they look.
Feb 1, 2018
Fulton MO
Great Shoes
I have trouble getting boots and shoes to fit. But these were absolutely great. Love the feel of them.
Oct 26, 2017
E. Spear
Surprising Comfort
Well made, classic style, leather construction, nice shine. Leather soles a little slick until you wear them for a while to scratch up the bottom for traction. I went a size larger since my feet tend to be slightly larger than 10. Glad I did. Figured I'd have to wear an extra thick sock, but they're not loose at all. I've worn them for several hours at a time already and no discomfort at all, nor do I feel they give me inadequate support where it counts on my feet. Very happy with purchase.
Jul 13, 2017
Gary S.
Amador CA
Look nice but squeaks
I received the boots in just a few days after I order them,they were packaged very professionally. The boots looked great but the souls were very slick and the function I was going to the sidewalks and roads maybe wet or even have snow on them. I tried the boots on and they squeaked louder than normal leather dress shoes or boots. I returned the boots without any problem and was refunded fully in just a couple of days.
Oct 29, 2016
David G.
Marysville Ca
Great shoes!
These shoes look authentic to the late 1800's or early 20th century. They fit and look great.
Sep 30, 2016
Roy Ut
Good value
Well made shoe/boot
Jul 28, 2016
Caspar Ca
Mens Lace Up Boots - Black Leather
Exactly what I was looking for. I put a scoring blade in my utility knife and lightly cross-hatched the sole to provide just a little more traction. They are great in the garden as the smooth sole does not cake up with loam and they polish up good enough to wear with my tuxedo on formal occasions. The pair weigh less than one of my former work boots.
Apr 29, 2016
L. P. Sanford III
Bristol Rh
Mens Lace Up Boots
Best dress shoes ever! Very convertible (Recommendation walk on rough concrete before event) an everyday wear.
Mar 31, 2016
Lakewood Co
These Boots were made for walkin'
I purchased these boots for my husband as a Christmas gift. He loved them. We are extremely pleased with the quality and fit. Worth every penny!
Jan 13, 2016
Oak Grove Or
Room to improve
Kid leather may be a bit too thin for absolutely top rating.
Jan 6, 2016
Ewing NJ


#2 Rated Ankle Boot
Leather Spectator Spat Boots - Blk/Wht

 Victorian Steampunk Edwardian Mens Footwear Black White Leather Ankle Boots |Antique Vintage Old Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume |

ITEM 002081




Reviews of this Product

Average Rating: 4.25/5.00 stars from 16 reviews

Spat Shoes
Great pair of shoes. Perfect for my late Victorian reenactment.
May 31, 2021
Brookfield Oh
Oversized and not comfortable
I normally wear a size 11 shoe, but when I received my original order in this size, my foot was moving all over in a too large shoe. The size 10 replacement (raising the cost with the addition shipping and return charges) was fine for size but is very stiff and the sole is not near as comfortable as other shoes I have ordered from the emporium, which I can wear all day with no pain.
Dec 28, 2017
James Hay
Santee Ca
Nice boot but narrow width
This is a very attractive boot. Unfortunately, I have sent mine back for a refund. The width was just too narrow.
Nov 17, 2017
Hot Toy
Maryville Te
Sharp looking shoes !!!
I feel dressed up just thinking about them. Plan on breaking them in. The pull on strap broke straight away. They offered full exchange including shipping but I declined as I had worn them a bit and it seemed a minor issue. More of an issue is how the top edge of the boot cuts in at my ankles. Perhaps it is my shape, but I think they will be fine after some wearing in.
Jan 21, 2016
kozmic soul
Dec 9, 2015
Leather spat boots
The quality of these boots is unmatched! Supreme.
Dec 3, 2015

Perfect shoe
These Boots got to me only the other morning & What a Grand delight they are they fitted perfectly if slightly tight .these boots will go with me to bloodlust ball for my Edwardian Dandy outfit then again when i go to the gangsters ball a great purchase indeed.
Jul 7, 2015
Don Jason
Sydney NS
Utter disappointment
Package was received on time, However I was utterly disappointed with the quality and look of the shoes. The leather was already creased and it was constructed poorly and made from cheep materials. I will certainly be returning them. If you're looking for a decently maids that shoe, look elsewhere.
Jul 3, 2015
Just Wow!
I saw these boots here on Historical Emporium and was astonished at once. Ordered them both in black/white and in brown. I love both pairs, the look is unbeaten. Once you manage your feet inside, you will find that the little struggle was perfectly worth it! Will order these again if they ever wear off. The sole is high quality.
May 7, 2015
Beautiful but badly fitting
These spat shoes are every bit as gorgeous as the photo. They get gasps and positive comments everywhere, However, they are really very tight and the upper is not very high quality. I had trouble getting them on (they are sized a tad small), and the rear tab broke the first time I pulled on it. I took them to bootmaker to see if they could be stretched and the answer is no. Apparently they are made of corrected leather, which is pre-shrunk. So there is no way to stretch them. Get them a size larger than you think you need. Unfortunately, I am a size 13 and that's the largest size they offer.
Apr 24, 2014
Eric Henning
Laurel MD
Great fit and style
Love the fit and style of this shoe. The only reason I can't give it a full five stars is because there is a Blemish near the zipper on one of the shoes. It looks like a blot of black tar. It is on the white part of the shoe. I decided since it did not effect the function of the shoe, it was not a big deal, no need to return it. Highly recommend this stylish shoe of yore.
Aug 23, 2013
Tucson AZ
These shoes have gotten attention from day 1. Arrived packaged very nicely, true to size and very comfortable!
Aug 10, 2013
Indianapolis In
Not for wide feet
This is a quality made shoe. The size on the box was 10D. I think "D" means wide. This should have fit my foot, but it was too narrow. Called the store and they said they have nothing wider, so I had to return it. I had been concerned the "spat" portion of the shoe would not be visible below my trousers. But it was and looked great. Sorry to have to send it back
Apr 5, 2013
Duane King

Great quality, great service, great delivery time. I'll be back to order in the future.
May 25, 2012
Roger Upton
Bakersfield Ca
convention gets the boot
The piece de resistance of my ensemble incorporated to play my part as the eccentric--if a bit foppish--Uncle at my neice's wedding this summer. Sublime.
Mar 24, 2012
Mt Vernon KY


#3 Rated Ankle Boot
Leather Spectator Spat Boots - Brown/Taupe

 Victorian Steampunk Edwardian Mens Footwear Brown Tan Leather Ankle Boots |Antique Vintage Old Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume |

ITEM 002082




Reviews of this Product

Average Rating: 4.83/5.00 stars from 6 reviews

loved these shoes. caught them on sale for 1/2 price or less. ordered some spats from y'all couple of years ago. these were nearly the same thing but without the trouble of buttoning the spats. very comfortable and probably had the best shoes at Dickens on the Strand in Galveston Tx this year. just got to find some polish that matches the uppers
Dec 14, 2019
cleburne te
love them....
Dec 9, 2015
Oct 25, 2014
Clemens Kuytz
Leverkusen NR
Almost perfect
The shoes are great looking, but the spat area does not seem to be or look like leather. Almost looks like pleather. But still a great looking shoe.
May 31, 2013
Cave Creek Ar
I shop online quite often, and I must highly commend Historical Emporium for their prompt, courteous, and efficient service, Also, as I am very well known for my sartorial flair; I am extremely pleased with the product. I have and will continue to recommend Historical Emporium as the "place" to go to for "Authentic Products and Old Fashion Service" ! Thank You!
Jan 18, 2013
Tim Sims
St. Louis MO
spat boots
i just gave my husband these shoes in brown and he loved them. they really look cool with his linen suit with vest. we are very impressed by this company. would deffinitly show here again may for his birthday. the service was excellent.
Dec 24, 2012
marilyn morrill
anaheim ca


#4 Rated Ankle Boot
Mens Lace Up Boots - Brown Leather

 Victorian Old West Steampunk Edwardian Mens Footwear Brown Leather Ankle Boots |Antique Vintage Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume |

ITEM 002086




Reviews of this Product

Average Rating: 4.06/5.00 stars from 16 reviews

Initially hesitant
These are great! I was initially hesitant after reading some the reviews about these boots - but decided to pull the trigger anyways and purchase them. I was VERY pleasantly surprised when I received them and discovered that they were not the costume boots I was half expecting them to be - but really nice name brand boots that I had actually been looking at at a department store just the other week. Yes the sole is slick - but that will pass with wear - and there IS a slight creaking - but after looking online at more reviews I read a very easy fix for that and it will help prolong the life of the boot. All in all - very satisfied!
Mar 30, 2017
Homestead FL
Mens Lace Up Boots
We will be sending the boots back as they look like they are made out of plastic and we cannot give them as a gift as planned.
Dec 30, 2016
Joan Poskey
Lace up boots
Really nice; service very good. I wish you had sizes wider for old folks feet.
Dec 10, 2015

Gorgeous... but creaky!
I have loved every purchase I've made from Historical Emporium. I own a gorgeous overcoat, a vest or two and a pile of shoes -- the latter being the main thing that drew me to the site and has kept me coming back. Unfortunately, these particular boots have not delighted me the way my previous three shoe purchases have done, and for just one simple reason: CREAKING! These are the creakiest shoes I've ever owned, to the point where I don't dare wear them to work in my VERY quiet open-bay office. You can hear the creaking from halfway across the cube maze. I need to look into a way to reduce the creaking noise -- I know simply wearing them will help, breaking them in, but is there anything Historical Emporium can recommend to help speed up the process? A kind of oil or wax to rub in and improve the give? Don't get me wrong -- they're gorgeous boots. But this issue really has been disappointing, and next time I'll stick to buying more of the kind I purchased previously, which don't have this problem. Thanks -- I am still a big fan!
May 15, 2015
Huntsville Al
Top Notch
These are the most comfortable dress shoes I have ever bought! And they are fabulous!
Aug 29, 2014
Peoria IL
They gave me some discomfort but I'm sure that will go once they are worn in. Also they tend to squeak and have no grip but still a good item to have
Aug 21, 2014

I just didn't listwn to the rwview about it being a size large when I should have. Great shoe so far no complaints. Super snazzy!
May 3, 2013
chicago il
Great Boots
The shoelace is a little shorter than I'm used to, and, as was mentioned in other reviews, the slick leather outsole will require relearning to walk. I bought a size smaller than I do for my modern shoes and it fits great, and looks great.
Jan 19, 2013
Mont Hansen
Lehi Ut
A lot of nice compliments. Fit is very good. Love them
Jan 3, 2013

Costume Shoes
I searched and searched online for a dress boot to wear at my wedding this summer, until I found this shoe. The pictures on the website made it look like everything I had looked for. I ordered the boot and eagerly awaited its arrival. I was so disappointed, however, when they came that I immediately returned them. The pictures on the website are not at all true to the color, texture, and quality of the product's leather. If you want a better idea of what the boot looks like, check it out on the Stacy Adam's website. Even their pictures aren't perfectly accurate. This shoe could not be worn for anything other than a costume. The leather upper looks and feels like plastic; the shoe laces are also of a poor quality. I would not recommend this boot to anyone who is looking for real footwear.
Mar 19, 2012
Jacob T. Reilly

A fashionable gentleman could not do better. I wear a size 12 or 13 shoe, normally the latter, and I went with a 12 in this case and they fit well, maybe even a little large. I would recommend them to anyone.
Feb 22, 2012
Jack Wilshere
Compare to authentic
These boots compare VERY favorably to an authentic similar pair I own. The leather is somewhat thicker, and therefore somewhat stiffer, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. I am considering getting the same in black so I can save the originals.
Jan 18, 2011

aesthetically pleasing
though a nice pair of boots they did need some breaking in. the soles were slippery and i slid around carpeted surfaces for a few days so wear those boots in early. also its been a few weeks and I've already lost 3 of the upper lacing pins. i may have been lacing my boots too tight but that's the way i like them. other than that i love theses boots there aesthetically pleasing with a simple design and an air of sophistication.
Dec 20, 2010
Robert Matthew...
grand rapids MI
Excellent Boots
These boots are made of quality material and are constructed very well. I wear them as an entertainer for hours on end with no foot pain. They are holding up very well, and when the time comes, I will definitely reorder these boots. I would highly recommend them to everyone.
Jul 27, 2010
Doc Allright
McKinney Te
Men's lace up boots
My now husband purchased these shoes after months of looking for the right style. We did a steampunk/victorian based wedding. We purchased all his clothes for the wedding from this site after months of looking elsewhere we returned to complete the outfit. They where just the last piece to match some wonderful clothes. We did an out door/indoor wedding. They stood up well to the dirt, dancing, and sword play at our wedding. We then took them on our hoonymoon and they filled in for modern dress shoes.The shoes did squeak throughout the wedding and week long cruise, so do take some time to break them in before any important events. They are stiff, but that like the squeking we preseve with go away with a proper break in period.We will return again to buy more outfits for future events from this site. My husband looks horid in a modern suit but dashing in the victorian wear.
Jun 29, 2010
Seattle Wa


#5 Rated Ankle Boot
Congress Gaiter - Black Faux Leather

 Victorian Regency Old West Steampunk Edwardian Mens Footwear Black Faux Leather Ankle Boots |Antique Vintage Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume |

ITEM 008039




Reviews of this Product

Average Rating: 4.67/5.00 stars from 3 reviews

Congress Gaiter- Shoes
I was very pleased in the fast delivery time. I naturally tried on the shoes as soon as I got them. The fit was great, so comfortable, they were like shoes I have had for a long time. Very comfortable, I wore them for a full day with no pain. I have a Victorian event coming up soon and I know I can wear them and not have any problem with break in time.
Feb 19, 2022
Steven Kruger
Duarte CA
Almost amazing, but still incredible!
I must say, these gaiters look incredible. Very stylish, inexpensive, and fit with most clothing for sale on this shop well. However, I noticed two problems that I've had with them. The first one is that, on certain surfaces, the leather or some other material in the shoe leaves black marks on the floor. I'd advise being mindful of where you wear these as it leaves marks on the shoes themselves. The second problem I encountered was that there wasn't much sole support inside of the shoe. It can lead to them being slightly uncomfortable to wear for extended periods of time. This can be easily fixed by wearing two layers of thick, wool socks (as I've found useful). Overall though, these are amazing shoes and I would recommend them to anyone interested, as long as you keep these in mind.
Jul 8, 2021
Hanson MA
High quality product!
Mar 25, 2021
Steve Sheetz
Lake Stevens WA


#6 Rated Ankle Boot
Convertible Boot - Black Faux Leather

 Victorian Steampunk Mens Footwear Black Faux Leather Calf Boots Ankle |Antique Vintage Old Fashioned Wedding Theatrical Reenacting Costume | Adventurer

ITEM 006563




Reviews of this Product

Average Rating: 4.50/5.00 stars from 4 reviews

Comfy, stylish, a bit fiddly to apply, but...
As it says: these shoes are comfortable (bought an M for a foot that typically wears a US 9.5 European 43; felt a bit big but still worked great!) and look amazing. Material is good quality, and they have been successfully worn for multiple full days of walking around in costume. Gaiters are a bit fiddly to apply (required a helper), but that's just how gaiters go. Great value; would recommend.
Apr 6, 2019
Evan Savage
Toronto ON
Stunning and Exquisite!!!
The boots looked so much more wonderful in person. They were ordered for our wedding but seeing how versatile they are and how well the craftsmanship is we will be using them for so many costumes!
Mar 7, 2019
Layton Ut
Exactly as pictured
These boots were perfect for what I needed, and are actually fairly comfortable. I'm a 10.5, so I had to get the size that was a little big but it's not so big that I'm worried about wearing them. They have a good weight, they're not cheaply made. Perfect for a distressed working class costume. My only criticism would be they are hard to put on with the covers on; but that might be because I haven't figured it out yet. The boot themselves have zippers but they aren't easily accessible with the covers on.
May 24, 2018
Waterford MI
Cool Boots but too big
I was looking for a dashing pair of boots and the idea of having convertible boots struck my fancy. Sadly, despite ordering the smallest size (small for size 8-9) they were still too big. I usually wear a size 8 1/2 so I don't understand why they were too big. Also, wearing the low boot is fine but it's very plain looking. 3/5 for cool concept but could be a bit fancier and be nice in a smaller size.
Aug 11, 2016
Granby CO


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