Does it surprise you to learn that shoes can help you look thinner? We all know they can make you look taller by wearing high heels, but there is more to it than that.
Many of today’s popular shoes don’t stop at the top of the foot. Some come up to the ankle with lacing or straps. Some boots even go over the top of the knee.
- An important consideration when choosing the right shoe for an outfit is the length of the skirt, dress, or pants to be worn with it. If the hemline falls to the knee, a higher rise of the shoe or boot on the foot works.
But if the hemline falls mid-calf, it is best to keep the top of the shoe as close to the toes as possible. Or wear a boot that rises above the hemline. This gives the appearance of more leg.
However, ankle pants can be worn with a shoe that laces or straps up to the ankle. The effect is that of showing off the shoe without seeming to have cut off the leg.
- Another consideration is color. To make your legs seem longer, choose a nude color shoe. Dark colors stop the eye.
A case to illustrate both of these considerations is a woman who wore a dark dress to an event. The dress length was mid-calf. The dress was beautiful and fit her slightly overweight figure well. The problem was the length of the dress and her shoes. The hemline of the dress stopped at the widest part of her leg. As we’ve previously discussed, this was not the best option for her. The shoes she chose matched the color of the dress and laced up to just above her ankle. Her fair skin against the dark colors of the dress and shoes made her legs look stubby. This was not the effect she wanted.
She could have still worn the dress if she had chosen a nude pump for the shoe. Or, she could have worn the shoes if the dress was either shorter, at knee length, or longer, at ankle length.
The next time you get dressed, pay attention to your shoes. You want your legs to look long and sleek. Do your shoes help create this effect?