Wearing the Right Type of Boot

by Jessica Wright
(last updated December 13, 2013)

Finding a pair of boots can be a real problem, especially if you happen to have short legs, thick calves, if your feet are wide, or if you happen to have skinny calves. Trying to find the right look can be frustrating. No need for despair; there are certain boots that can help you achieve the look that you want.

  • Short Legs. You will want boots that have heels or wedges. Choose boots that have vertical accents such as lace or zippers. This type of look will have the eye moving upwards, giving the illusion of having longer legs. Avoid wearing boots that have a slouchy cut, straps, or anything else that gives the look of adding width.
  • Thick Calves. Wearing boots when you have thick calves can be done. Look for boots that have elastic gussets and are made of stretchy leather or other type of fabric. Wearing boots that have an angled cuff helps to create a very flattering look. Avoid boots that have to be pulled on (they can be really hard to get on and off). You also want to avoid boots that end at the widest part of your calf muscle along with any embellishments that draw attention to the calves. Try to create a long, lean look by wearing tights in the same color as the boots.
  • Wide Feet. If you have wide feet, wear boots that have a round or an almond-shaped toe. You need to have plenty of room so that your toes don't feel like they are being pinched. Boots that have slim heels will give the look of being more feminine. With wide feet it can be hard to get your feet into most styles of boots. Boots that have a zipper that opens to the sole of the boot will make it easier to get the boots on. Avoid wearing boots that have buckles or straps near the ball of the foot. This will draw unwanted attention to the width of your feet.
  • Skinny Calves. Boots that are flexible and have buckles, laces, and material that stretches is a great look for those skinny claves. If you have skinny calves you will want to avoid a boot cut that is slouchy, and never show the leg. You will want to wear contrasting tights with a patterned skirt to get a great finished look.

Author Bio

Jessica Wright

Jessica is a communications major studying for her masters and working full time. Growing up in a household of girls, she learned young the fun of trying new beauty ideas. Jessica enjoys playing the piano, dating, and having a good time with family and friends. ...

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