Let’s be honest: you might love flat shoes, but they don’t love you. Unless you’ve been blessed with supermodel pins, comfy flats won’t help make your legs look long and lean. While this in no way means you should throw out your sneakers, sandals, or ballerinas (comfort is still king), you might want to consider keeping a pair of heels in your desk drawer or the trunk of your car for moments when you need an extra boost of height – or confidence. Read on for Savoir Flair’s ten tips for making your legs look their best, from what heels to pick to what to wear them with.
Opt for a low-cut vamp.
In shoe terminology, “vamp” basically means cleavage and, the lower the vamp is, the longer your legs will appear. A higher vamp can visually shave centimeters off the length of your legs.
Always go for pointed toe.
A slim high heel with a pointed toe is a surefire way to make your legs appear more delicate.
Match your shoes to your skin.
Opt for nude shoes that match your skin tone to create the illusion of endless pins. Shades lighter or darker than your skin will ruin the effect, so be sure to hunt down the perfect pair.
Create an optical illusion.
Pair your heels or boots with tights or pants of the same color. The tones will perfectly blend in with each other to create the illusion of legs that go on for days.
Keep your ankles clear.
Avoid ankle straps, buckles, and ties or boots that visually cut the leg off at an unflattering point as these are guaranteed to make your legs appear shorter and bulkier.
Slingback and backless shoes or mules are visually flattering. Wear with cropped jeans or above-the-ankle hemlines for thinner- and longer-looking legs.
Balance out the proportions.
If you struggle with heavier calves, opt for a chunky heel to draw attention away from your problem area.
Experiment with heavy soles.
Flatform shoes with heavy soles are a great way to play with proportions to make your legs appear slimmer and more delicate.
Look to the 70s.
The 70s trend is perfect for creating the appearance of a leaner, longer silhouette. Pair extra-long, flared pants with towering platform shoes to create this look. For the best effect, your pants should cover your shoes completely.
Don't go overboard.
Towering heels with platforms will make you appear wobbly and uncomfortable, ruining whatever look you’re going for.