How to Choose Boots for Your Body Shape

When thinking about what are the best shapes of boots and heels for different body shapes, consider your shape and what will balance it.

  • Stiletto heels with their long slim spindly shape are best for slimmer body shapes and those with slim calves and ankles.
  • Stacked heels are better for those with the feminine curvy hip and thigh and curvier calves and ankles.
  • Wedge heels can be finer (look at the profile from the back) and suit slimmer shapes, or wider, and suit curvier shapes.
  • Cone heels can work on many shapes as they have some sturdiness.
  • Completely flat shoes work best on those with average to longer legs.
  • Kitten heels are more flattering on women with proportionally smaller feet.
  • A platform wedge is great for any woman with shorter legs who wants some extra height, but doesn’t necessarily want to wear a high heel.  They are great on 8 shapes, X shapes, A shapes, H shapes, O shapes.
  • Knee high boots are universally flattering (if you can find one that fits your calf – don’t forget boots can be taken in, or even stretched a little, if you have calves outside the manufacturing standards, why not try manufacturers like  DUO boots – 30 styles, 21 calf fittings who customise the size of the calf!).
  • Knee high boots make your legs look longer and  slimmer, which is why they are so great, but if you have shorter legs, avoid those with lots of buckles, straps or other horizontal details as this will shorten their apparent length.
  • Motorcycle (mid-calf) length boots are only good for those with very slim calves as they cut you across the calf and visually widen the size of your legs.
  • Ankle length boots can be worn by anyone under pants, but if you want to wear them with skirts/dresses, they need to fit closely at the ankle, and your skirt/dress needs to end above the knee.
  • The more you want to elongate your leg, then choose longer, well-fitting boots with little detail and a heel.  Match hosiery to your boot colour to further elongate.
  • If you have long legs you can add more detail to your boots and you don’t have to match hosiery.

What is your body shape and which heel and boot shape is your favourite?

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