Matching Your Shoes with Your Body Type
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.
"I don't know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot!"
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"
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. .
Tall and Skinny?
“Terrorism, hurricanes, and acts of God can’t part a true Imelda from her shoes,”
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 for Muscular and Athletic Women
"Shoes should be like makeup for the feet."
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 Petite and Skinny?
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