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Matching Your Shoes with Your Body Type

Updated on July 4, 2014

If the Shoe Fits, Make Sure it Fits Your Figure

To often as women we can lose our ability to think straight when it comes to shoes. It's almost like we are on drugs or our bodies have been taken over by aliens with a shoe fetish. So, before you buy another pair of shoes under the influence there is some very important information regarding shoe selection and your figure you need to be aware of.

Some of you are perhaps aware of the importance of selecting clothes that will flatter your figure. As women come in all shapes and sizes there are different cuts and styles that will best showcase and camouflage your physical characteristics. Unknown to most women is that shoes also need to be selected with your body type in mind if you're wanting to pull off the complete look.

This lens will start by identifying your body type and then proceed to help you find shoe choices that best match your figure. While as women we will never be completely able to resist the allure of heels or polished leather, but we can learn to make choices that make us look even better.

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"I don't know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot!"

Marilyn Monroe

Best Shoes for Petite and Curvy Women

Petite and curvy women do best when sticking to the basics that keep their figures in proportion. The best choices are wedge sandals, ankle boots, chunky heels,high heels, and platform shoes with no more than a 3 inch heel. A preference for 'barely there' footwear that is skin-colored or beige is best as this will help lengthen your legs.Pointed shoes are also to be preferred over round or square tips if the appearance of additional height is desired.

Petite and curvy women should avoid super-high heels as their figure may appear out of proportion. In additon only wear ballet flats with dresses that fall above the knee to avoid looking even shorter.

"Give a girl the correct footwear and she can conquer the world"

Bette Midler

Best Shoes for Tall and Skinny Women

Tall and Skinny women can wear almost any type of shoe but the old classic is still the best look, a pair of skinny heels. To fully accentuate your figure and bring on the hourglass illusion try a pair of Pencil-thin heels. Kitten heels are a good choice if you are wanting more comfort and can do without the extra inches. Kitten heels are also best suited for women with smaller feet. Some other good choices for tall and skinny women are ballet flats, peep-toe pumps, and shoes with at least a 2"-3" heel. Strappy sandals with an ankle strap are acceptable if you have a small feet and ankles.

Tall and Skinny women should stay away from platforms, super-chunky heels, and over-the-top booties as these styles will thicken your legs. In addition avoid wearing pointy shoes, you don't need to appear taller than you are. Your shoes choices should help accentuate your figure not detract from it. .

“Terrorism, hurricanes, and acts of God can’t part a true Imelda from her shoes,”

Jane Blahnik

Best Shoes for Muscular and Athletic Women

Muscular and athletic women tend to have strong legs that deserve a second glance. For jeans or dress pants try super pointed heels with at least a 3-4 inch heel, this will help balance your muscular legs while providing you with some addtional height. For skirts and dresses that fall above the knee a good choice is platform pumps. Platformed sandals and shoes are good a good match for big ankles and strong legs as they balance each other and accenuate your assets. If stilettos are outside your comfort zone try banana heels or thick wedge heels to make you look taller and lengthen your feet. Wedge heels will also neutralize strong ankles and calves, and are flattering to your legs. With wedge heels it's important the toes are not enclosed, open toes will give the appearance of length and help balance out your legs. Final best choices will include long pull-on boots that are tight around the ankles and end right below the knee to give your legs some added shape.

Muscular and athletic women should avoid super-skinny stilettos, ankle boots, and calf length boots. If your calves and ankles are also strong it will best to avoid strappy shoes or gladiator sandals.

"Shoes should be like makeup for the feet."

Edmundo Castillo

Best Shoes for Petite and Skinny Women

Women who are petite and skinny nearly have it all when it comes to shoe options with the exception of having a heel height limit, stay under 2.5-3 inches. Obvious choices for petite and skinny women will include wedge heels, platform wedges, platform heels, and ankle booties. Skintight knee-high boots will lengthen your legs, thus avoid those with excessive straps, buckles,or other horizontal details if you want to avoid shortening your legs. To make your legs look longer match your hosiery with your boot or shoe color in addition choose longer, well-fitting boots with a heel and as little detail as possible. Other ways to dress your look up can include shoes with rounded toes and peep-toe pumps.

Petite and skinny women should avoid ballet flats or Mary Jane's.

"For women, shoes are the most important. Good shoes take you good places."

Seo Min Hyun

Finding the Right Fit - Shoe Stalking

How do you shop for shoes?

I see them and they wake up in my closet!

I see them and they wake up in my closet!

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    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Pumps and heels for me. Even though I'm 6ft tall. I use or for mine.

    • knitstricken 4 years ago

      Last year I had four pairs of shoes. I read that on average the American woman has 40 pairs of shoes. I've since caught up. :o)

    • Borninstilettos 5 years ago

      love this article! I'm crazy about high heels ")

    • Haunted Halloween 5 years ago

      I love wedges!! and high heels.

    • intermarks 5 years ago

      Always walk into shoes shop without realizing it.

    • siobhanryan 5 years ago

      addicted to buying shoes

    • Corey 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Boots mostly, I cant get enough.

    I like to wear them for a while, it's a long term relationship.

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      • Kalafina 4 years ago

        If they are heels it's definitely a see-them and they have to go home with me. If it is something like boots or flats then it takes serious work as they have to accommodate my expensive foot inserts.

      • Diva2Mom 5 years ago

        I love peep toe shoes, wedges, heels, flats, Gladiator, etc. Love them all! I just need to go in front of the mirror and see if it "fabulously" goes well with my stunning outfit. Love to dress up, and love to dress I make sure I got the right shoes just right for the event so I can dominate even the runway, haha :) Love fashion, but I'm no longer a "diva"...a mom now, but I still like fashion :) FAB-U-LOUS Lens! God bless.

      • Silverstar2154 5 years ago

        I tend to stick with shoes until I absolutely can't wear them anymore and it works because I don't wear heels. I stay away from those and my feet thank me for it.

      • Bobski606 5 years ago

        I find it very difficult to shop for shoes as I have problems with my legs that causes them to swell but I need to shoe quite often as I love to walk and soon enough the sole or heel has gone and it's time to go shopping again.

      • Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

        I don't shop for shoes too often. I tend to wear them until they wear out.

      • Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

        I have wide, wide, feet and have a hard time finding shoes that fit.

      • AngelaKane 5 years ago

        I shop for comfort first and longevity second.

      • crazyinkansas 5 years ago

        I have problems finding shoes that fit well. So when I make friends with a pair, we're together for the long haul.

      • Deserthorse 5 years ago

        I don't wear heels. More comfortable in hiking boots than anything else.

      • Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

        I buy comfortable, good shoes that will last years. I don't do heels.

      • aquarian_insight 5 years ago

        I find it hard to find shoes I really love (although that doesn't stop me from buying too many!) so when I do, I tend to wear them to death.

      • Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

        I have my favorite styles that I wear often and until they wear out.

      • parwatisingari lm 5 years ago

        when the one in use frays mine do since I use fabric footwear.

      • BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

        I find a pair that works for me and I wear them until they're unwearable. I tend to pick classic styles with a twist, so I can usually get away with it.

      • createpink 5 years ago

        if I like how they feel

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I like the classic styles that go with anything, anywhere.

      • Christine Hulme 5 years ago from SE Kent, England

        My shoes seem to last forever and so I don't replace them very often.

      • ShoeHoodoo 5 years ago

        Love shoes! All online or out of our store! Shoe-a-holic, that is there rehab for that yet?

      • PrettyandSmart 5 years ago

        I'm not a big fan of high heels but I like to wear them occasionaly. I like the way they improve my posture and make me look slimmer.

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          Kalafina 4 years ago

          I'm petite and I think it's silly to say there should be a limit on heel height for us. I own everything from flats to seven-inch heels. If I'm going out I like my heels to be at least three to four inches high. Adding those extra inches really makes my legs look longer although it does clash with having a cane. If you look at Hollywood some of the tiniest celebrities can be seen in the highest of heels. They are just to fun not to wear :)

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          Harriet 5 years ago from Indiana

          The only part of my body that shoes need to fit are my feet. I have narrow feet but I also have bunions which I absolutely hate and I can't find any shoes that really feel comfortable because they either slip off my feet or the lower part is too narrow for my ugly bunions to fit in comfortably. So the last thing I need to worry about is how my shows fit my body type.

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          Silverstar2154 5 years ago

          I never thought that there were actually shoes that fit certain body types better than others. I thought that was pretty fascinating to read about so this is a good lens.

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          joeyoung lm 5 years ago

          Very creative lens! Reminds me of when I am shopping with my wife. All special events, one time events even, can require a new pair of shoes, LOL. That's okay, whatever makes her happy! She works hard enough for them.

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          Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

          Hmm...I never thought about shoes for my body type. If they are comfortable, affordable and I like them, they are mine. Will have to start keeping these things in mind too!

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          Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

          I like these shoes but, they have to be wide.

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          intermarks 5 years ago

          These shoes are so beautiful. Makes me want to go to the shop after this.

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          AngelaKane 5 years ago

          Very good and interesting lens. I never thought to match shoes with body types. Your shoe suggestions for tall and skinny women are correct.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Very interesting information. I hadn't really thought about a certain shoe style for a certain body type.

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          mysweetjane lm 5 years ago

          hadn't thought about shoes and body type before - just buy because I like them (not necessarily if they are comfortable or not!)

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          siobhanryan 5 years ago

          Really enjoyed and learned something new

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          aquarian_insight 5 years ago

          Great lens and some great advice and tips. Thank you! *blessed*

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          InSearchOf LM 5 years ago

          Enjoyed reading this and learned some good information. I usually wear 4 or 5 inch heels because I am short, but I might not have the right body type currently - hopefully will again one day. :)

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          Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

          Great tips for shoes. I didn't realize certain styles were better than others according to body shape.

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          robertwillams 5 years ago

          just amazing lens

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          BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

          You've got some great points here. Glad that kitten heels work for little feet; I love wearing mine!

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          MariaMontgomery 5 years ago from Central Florida, USA

          I have a lot of shoes (too many) but seem to wear the same few most of the time. One thing I hate to see is shoes with the strap that goes around the ankle on anyone who doesn't have very slender ankles. AND I hate "gladiator" style shoes.

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          Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

          My feet are really tiny that only few companies make my size now so I was hapy when we were in Cambodia as I can have them made there.

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          sherridan 5 years ago

          Great tips - how often do you see women wearing shoes that just do not work - skinny girls looking like Minnie Mouse, and athletic girls looking like transvestites, etc.! I have seen lots of articles on clothes and body type, but never shoes.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Nice lens and very helpful. Perfect subject for the polka dot theme.

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          YogaAngel 5 years ago

          Thanks this was very helpful!

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          ZoieZoe 5 years ago

          Wow! Nice lens! Love the shoes!

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          Christine Hulme 5 years ago from SE Kent, England

          Interesting...I wrote a lens about Me And My Shoes, explaining how they can reflect what sort of person and life we've had. I counted my shoes and was shocked at how many pairs I had!

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          Auntie-M LM 5 years ago

          Love your approach! I gave up heels a long time ago, and my knees are a lot happier -lol. Glad to see there are so many other options.

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          BeyondRoses 5 years ago

          Charming selection of shoes. Delightful presentation, on the new Polka Dot Theme!

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          Kristen 5 years ago from Wisconsin

          Fun lens! I love me some shoes, that's for sure! :)

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          ShoeHoodoo 5 years ago

          Great Lens! Love it! Check out mine too, thank you!