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Shoes That Elongate the Leg

by Jennifer Blair, studioD

When it comes to fashion, the goal is to maximize your assets. With the right clothing and accessories, you can trick the eye into thinking you're taller or thinner than you actually are. To elongate the look of your legs, start right at your feet -- choosing the right type and style of shoe can instantly make your legs look longer and leaner no matter what clothing you may be wearing.

High Heels

Flats may be more comfortable and easier to walk in, but when you want to elongate your legs, heels are definitely the best option. The reason that heels make your legs look longer is simple – they physically add a couple of inches of height to your frame so your legs appear longer and leaner. For the most elongating effect, opt for stiletto heels. Avoid chunky heels; they add bulk to your feet that can make your legs appear short and stubby.

Nude Colors

Even flats can make your legs look longer if you choose the right color for your shoes. Nude-colored shoes are the best option when you want to elongate your legs – that means choosing a pair that’s as close to your skin tone as possible. By matching your shoes to your skin, you visually extend the line of your legs so they appear longer than they are, particularly when you’re wearing a dress or a skirt. Best of all, nude shoes function as a neutral, so you can wear them with virtually any outfit in your closet -- even your favorite little black dress.

Pointed Toes

Choosing flats, heels or boots with a pointed toe can make your legs look longer. Because the toe box of the shoes is narrower than those with rounded toes, they visually extend the line of your legs so they appear longer and leaner. However, pointy shoes tend to be tighter than other shoes due to the narrow toe box, so you should try on several pairs to find an option that best fits your feet. Look for a pair that allows the widest part of your foot to fall in the widest part of the shoe to maximize your comfort.

Peep Toes

Peep-toe or open-toe shoes are an ideal option when you want to elongate your legs. Because the style exposes more skin, it visually extends the line of your legs to make them appear longer. Avoid peep-toe styles that feature ankle straps, though – they cut off your legs causing them to appear shorter. You can create a similar effect with closed-toe shoes that feature a sling back or are low cut on the sides because they also expose more skin, which elongates your legs.

About the Author

Based in New York City, Jennifer Blair has been covering all things home and garden since 2001. Her writing has appeared on BobVila.com, World Lifestyle, and House Logic. Blair holds a Bachelor of Arts in Writing Seminars from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

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