Shoe-In! Flats and Heels To Fit Your Body Type
Did you know that the average American woman owns 19 pairs of shoes? My shoes alone are probably enough to push the average a pair or two higher! My personal obsession is with fabulous pairs of high heels because I love the way I feel when I'm wearing them. I stand up a bit straighter, walk with a bit more confidence, and hold my head up a bit higher. I owe my love affair with the stiletto to Italian designer Salvatore Ferragamo, who, in the 1950's, fashioned the first pair out of alligator skin for icon Marilyn Monroe.
Of course, fashionable footwear isn't all about stiletto heels! There are all kinds of fashion-forward choices at your disposal - but did you know there is such a thing as choosing the wrong shoe to suit your build? It is probably the reason that most women have purchased a pair of shoes that they've never worn. So how do you choose when there are so many options? Here's a look at two of the most popular types of shoes on the market, and how to shop for each!
No longer just in use in the ballet studio, these delicate shoes can polish off any outfit with a timeless, dainty look. Flats have come a long way, and can have simple clean lines, or can be embellished with a variety of textures, colors, bows, and beads. They are so versatile that I believe every woman should own a pair, but if you are vertically challenged or if you have more muscular legs, you should choose a more substantial pair of flats with a bit more weight to them. A flimsier flat will make you look shorter than you are, or make your legs look larger than they are. Shorter women looking for height, or the appearance of height, should steer towards a flat with a slightly more pointed toe. Lastly, flats should never be worn with a hemline that hits at mid-calf - this combo can make even supermodels look stumpy!
There are so many options when it comes to heels, but my primary concern is always one of comfort. I couldn't live without Foot Petals, which are cushions for every part of the high-heeled shoe that you can imagine - even the straps! I no longer purchase a pair of heels without buying the appropriate Foot Petals to accompany it. Avoid heels with ankle straps if you have heavier calves or ankles - the strap will draw attention to any trouble areas. Choose a pair of peep-toed or pointed-toed heels to elongate smaller feet, or a pair of round-toe shoes to make large feet look smaller. Can't balance in heels? Try out a pair of wedges, which will give you the height and look you are going for, without the wobbling!
Next time you're on a shoe-shopping expedition keep these tips in mind, and it will hopefully help you to avoid purchasing a pair of shoes that you can never quite make work for you, and as a result never wear. However, don't forget, rules or no rules, you should always purchase items that are an expression of who you are, so remember that if you fall in love with the perfect pair of shoes, all rules go out the window!