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Curse Of The Gorgeous Shoe Which Turned My Feet Ugly

Shoes For Every Body Type

By Alisa Bashaw

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It has happened to everyone. From the top tier fashion model to the housewife suburban mom. You see a pair of shoes in the store window that you have been coveting forever. You stop and gasp. They are even more beautiful in person. You don’t care that it will wipe out your bank account. You only care about the daggers of envy you will be eliciting as you sashay across the floor with your date at your side. Not because your date is so hot, but because these are “the shoes” of the season and no one can get them. But you found them and in your size. You try them on and THEY FIT! You look at your feet, and they look amazing in them! You are walking on a cloud all the way back home. Yes, you realize that after an hour in them you will feel like your back has been beaten with a bat, your feet will feel like you have walked on broken glass. However, you swear it will be worth it. You might have to visit the chiropractor’s office once a week for at least a week to repair the damage.

The night comes, and you get all dolled up in your best dress, and your hair is looking perfect. Gently, you unwrap your preciousss from their packaging and slip your feet into them. You swear you hear angels sing. You glide to the mirror to look at the beauty you have been transformed into…..and you are shocked. Mesmerized. What the heck? How did this happen? How did your 5 foot 11 inch frame suddenly shrink into a 4 foot 9 inch body? When you woke up this morning, you weren’t short and squatty, so why suddenly do you look like the female version of Danny Devito? The last time you wore this dress you were a knockout. So what could it be? It can’t…no? The shoes?

Just like any piece of clothing, shoes can enhance the features you want it to, or if you are not careful, it can enhance the features you don’t want it to. Women are very careful about making sure their clothing enhances their body. The take into account the colors they wear, the cut of the clothing, the fit of the clothing and women even pay attention to the cut of their hair to make sure it enhances their face structure. When it comes to the shoes they wear, they’ll throw any ole pair, or whatever pair is the most comfortable, totally disregarding what looks best with their body type.

Here are a few tips to help you try to find out what kind of shoe is best for your body type.

Body Type

Short in height and skinny body

You are probably sick of hearing it all the time. “Look how cute you are! Just like a pixie.” or “I can barely see you over the counter” or the ever popular “Are you sure you’ll be able to see over the steering wheel?” “Be sure to hold onto something if the wind really starts blowing hard.” Yeah, really funny. Well, there’s no reason to hang you head low there has been a ton of amazingly beautiful petite high fashion models. Devon Aoki is a runway model, and she is only 5’5″ Eva the Winner of Americas Next Top Model is only 5’5″. So height isn’t as much an issue these days if your dream is to be a high fashion model but these guidelines will still help you knock the socks off at those casting calls.

Stay Away From

  • Straps

    • Why – It will break the line of vision between your heel and the rest of your leg making you appear to be shorter than you are. However, there is one exception ankle-high gladiator sandals. They look amazing on tiny ankles.

  • Pointy Toe

    • Why – a pointy toe will make you look witchy

Go For It Shoes (Think Height Height Height)

  • Wedges

  • Platform

  • Heels (without straps)

  • Ballerina flat shoes (only wear with a dress that falls above the knee, or your legs will appear shorter)

  • Peep toe shoes

Body Type

Short in Height and Thick or “healthy” Body

“I’m all about that bass,’bout that bass, Hey! I’m bringing booty back ” – yeah that song sticks in your head like cheese on a Chicago Deep Dish Pizza. So if you are short and thick, work it girl. Take a killer pair of shoes and strut your stuff. There have been some amazingly beautiful plus size models in the industry. Kaela Hunphries is a size 16 and has recently signed to Ford Models. So being plus size is no reason to hide.

Stay Away From

  • Flats

  • Gladiator Flats

  • Any Shoe that wraps around your ankle

  • Boots that end mid-calf

    • Why – Flat shoes draw attention to the thicker legs, as do boots that end at mid-calf.

Go For It Shoes

  • Bright colored heels

  • Just below the knee boots

  • Wedges

  • Platform heels

  • Open-toed shoes

    • Why – By choosing bright colored heels you are bringing the eyes down instead of focusing on the legs. Also by ending just below the knee you are not drawing attention to your calves

Body Type

Tall and Thin

If someone said you couldn’t wear heels, then put duct tape over their mouth. You want to wear heels. You stare at them in the store and watch them as they walk by on other women’s feet like they are an old boyfriend you can ever go out with again. I don’t remember seeing the rule that tall, thin girls couldn’t wear heels. No white after labor day…I remember hearing about that. Don’t wear socks with sandals…I remember that one but nope nothing about tall women can’t wear heels. Was it at during a Tall Women Weekly Meeting? Cause I’m not part of that club. I’m in the Short and Thick Club.

Stay Away From

  • Pointy shoes

    • Why – They will make you appear more tall and skinny

  • Wide Heels

  • Platform heels

    • Why – They will look very odd on your body and make your ankles look chunky.

Go For It Shoes

  • Ballerina Flats

  • Gladiator Flats

  • Heels with straps

  • Medium heights boots

  • Stilettos

Body Type

Tall and Muscular Body

You kick butt and you know it. However, occasionally you might want to trade in your gym shoes and put on a pair kick butt pair of heels and get all dolled up for a night out. You don’t want that physique that you’ve worked so hard for to be diminished by a simple pair of shoes do you? Of course not. That’s why we are here to help you out.

Stay Away From

  • Ballerina

  • Flats

  • Rounded to pumps

  • Kitten heels

  • Small Squared Heels

    • Why – They will add weight to your legs, make your appearance look blunt, and make you look heavier.

Go For It Shoes

  • Wedge heel (with a 2-3 inch heel)

  • Stilettos

  • Pointy

  • Open toed

  • Boots – It might be hard to wrestle your toned calves into a pair of calf-hugging boots. Look for a soft suede boot with side zippers. It also doesn’t hurt to find one with a bit of slouch.

Body Type

Medium Body – Normal height with slim figure

You’ve seriously got the easiest body to dress in terms of shoes. There is nothing that you can’t wear that won’t look good. You are blessed with perfect height and the perfectly slim body. There is no shoe you cannot pull off. So just go….just go and let the rest of us covet what we cannot have.

Stay Away From

Nothing

Go For It Shoes

Everything

Body Type

Medium and Thick Body

Stay Away From

  • Ballerina

  • Flats

    • Why – They will make you look thicker

Go For It Shoes

  • Wedge heel

  • Heels

  • Stilettos

  • Just about anything else besides flats

Good news is that if you are looking for something that can be your universal perfect go to shoes just in case you lose weight, gain weight, shrink or rub a magic lamp and grow 4 inches, a killer pair of stilettos with no straps is it.They look great on every body type, and I cannot think of any outfit that a pair of stilettos does not look awesome with. Jeans and white T…perfect. Sundress…prefect. Shorts……if you do it right, perfect. If you think of an outfit, there is probably a way to wear stilettos with it.

Someone probably just thought swimsuits? Yes, absolutely. It isn’t trashy, impractical or silly. It elongates a pair of legs, and you will instantly look thinner and taller. That’s something we all want. Just remember the strap rule if you fall in that group. Even though it’s heading into fall here are a few tips in case anyone is heading out on vacation or happens to live in one of those beautiful southern states on the beach or Hawaii.

  • Try wedges

  • Open toe

  • The shoe should reveal as much of your feet as possible (perfect time for a pedi)

  • Avoid shoes with too much fabric

Hope this helps you find the perfect shoe for your body type!

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