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Plain, black ankle boots are like our childhood stuffed animals — they stood by our sides (or rather, on our feet) while we jumped dirty puddles and survived a billion years of school. But, the day came when we swapped our plush buddies for grown-up (and also human) friends, and now, it's time for our ankle boots to come of age, too. Luckily, we're here to help you make the transition painless. With these bright patterns, cool textures, and sweet sillouttes, you won't even miss your old standbys. First order of business: Donate those black boots (or at least shove them further back in your closet) and take a look at our slideshow. Go ahead — buy however many you need, you grown-up, you.