“My friends are so much taller than me but I’m always afraid of falling in heels. What are some shoe style options that will give me some height and confidence?
While there is nothing wrong with being fun sized you may have a day when you need a little boost (of height and confidence!) if your friends seem to tower over you. To get on their level, choose a shoe that adds height, style, and comfort.
If stilettos stress you out, I recommend choosing a wedge as a replacement. Wedges have a built-in platform (which gives you a boost in height) and a larger surface area to help prevent falls. There are many wedge shoes available to suit any season or style.
The wedge pump is any easy way to add style and height. It functions much like a heel and can be worn with similar clothing items such as skirts, dresses and pants. A black wedge pump is a great staple piece for any wardrobe or a bright-colored or patterned pair is great for adding a statement. This Steve Madden wedge pump features a tribal pattern in many colors which makes it easy to match to a variety of different outfits. The fun print is also perfect for the upcoming warmer months.
The wedge bootie is another great option to add height during the colder months. They easily can be dressed up or down. This type of shoe looks great with a skirt and tights, skinny pants or a dress. There also are a variety of different styles and colors available for this type of shoe. You can get a lace up style for a more edgy look or a plain style if simple and classy is more your style. Embellishments (like spikes and studs) or bright colors will help you really make a statement.
This style is great for transitioning between seasons. You can wear them with a dress or skirt for spring and summer months and show off a bit your pedicure. The wedge adds the height to your look and will give an illusion of longer legs much like a heel would. This style can also be worn in fall or winter months with a pair of tights. There is are a variety of styles for this type of shoe depending on what you would like to wear that day. You can get peep-toe wedge booties, pumps or Mary Janes like the ones below. A basic tan or black is a good choice for more casual outfits but when you really want to make a statement try a pair in a fun, bright color to add interest to an outfit.
Platform Wedge Sandal
While this style can only be worn during summer months the platform wedge sandal is a great option for to add style, comfort and height to your wardrobe. When shopping for this type of shoe, look for a style that has a high platform in the front. This will make your shoes much more comfortable by not arching your feet quiet so much and will give a better illusion of height. Make sure the straps on these types of shoes are also very supportive and not too flimsy which will make it easier to walk in them. This type of shoe looks great in a basic black color but if you really want to stand out try a pair with metallic straps like the one below. Metallics are definitely still on trend for the summer season and look great with a tan.
This style is great for the edgy fashionistas that want to try something different. The cutout on a wedge shoe creates a unique look but still gives the support of a wedge rather than a heel The cutout wedge style is available in sandals and booties so there is always something for everyone. I love this bright yellow pair with the embroidered stitching. Yellow is another great color for spring and looks great when worn with a simple, more neutral colored outfit.
So for all the shorties out there, a heel is not your only option for height. Wedges are the way to go for those a little fearful of walking in heels. Go for a neutral pair for day or a jewel tone, metallic or bright pair of wedges any time of the year to add some height and confidence to your outfit.
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