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Best Shoe Style for Short Women

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Best Shoe Style for Short Women

Nine West sleek shoe

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Petite Renee Zellweger wears sleek shoes to a movie premiere.

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Renee Zellweger wears sleek Christian Louboutin shoes to a movie premiere in Berlin on February 12. 2009.

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The best shoe style for short women is a sleek high heel with a pointed toe. A sleek pump qualifies as the best shoe style for short women because it gives the petite woman the appearance of a longer, slimmer leg, and whenever a short woman can dress to make her legs look longer, she looks leaner and taller. You don't have to be short to take advantage of this best shoe style though because it will work for any woman. When you're shopping for shoes, look for styles with these best features:
  • a slim heel
  • a heel height of between 2" and 4"
  • pointed toe
  • minimum or no decoration

Optional flattering features may include:

  • V-shaped vamp
  • d'Orsay styling
  • hidden platform
  • shoe color to match skin tone

When you want to show off your legs to best advantage, avoid:

  • strappy shoes
  • caged shoes
  • shoes with chunky heels
  • shoes with ankle straps or wraps
  • shoes with square toes
  • flat shoes

Of course, few women want to spend all day every day wearing high heels, and I'm not advocating doing that. We all need to give our feet a rest sometimes, and that generally means wearing flat shoes, flip-flops, or sneakers. The occasion dictates the type of shoe we wear most of the time. High heels are appropriate for work in some cases, dining out, dates, and special occasions, but we wouldn't wear them to play golf or at the beach, and I certainly wouldn't wear them on a major shopping excursion.

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