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What Height of Boot Flatters Short Legs?

author image Pamela Simmons
Pamela Simmons has been writing professionally since 2009. Her articles on fashion, beauty and other topics have appeared on Denim Therapy and other websites. Simmons serves as an editor and public relations manager for CHIC.TV. She holds a Bachelor of Science in international affairs from Georgia Tech and a Master of Business Administration from Mercer University.
What Height of Boot Flatters Short Legs?
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Dressing for your body type isn't just restricted to clothes. The right pair of boots could either help or hurt the look of your silhouette.

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Finding the best boot for your leg length can be tricky -- _there might be tons of factors you haven't considered._

there might be tons of factors you haven't considered.

Learning some boot-buying strategies is the hardest part. Once you nail the rules, you'll look long, lean and gorgeous.

Step 1: Finding Your Perfect Height

The general aesthetic of your boot isn't important to how it suits your size, so opt for dressier or casual styles depending on your taste. The key to finding the perfect boot is to pay attention to the height of your boot shaft -- the part of the boot that actually covers your legs.

  1. Boot shaft height is measured starting at the inside seam of the boot at its sole and all the way up to the top of the boot. 
  2. Boot shafts should be about 14 inches or shorter for petite ladies. 

Keep in mind that your shaft length should not be longer than the length of your calf, because this will make you look shorter. Ankle boots work well on all figures, and they're especially elongating when worn with skinny jeans, leggings and fitted dresses.

Step 2: Heel Height

When it comes to heels, the higher the better. High heels lengthen your legs. The longer your legs appear, the slimmer your entire torso looks. If heels are too uncomfortable, swap them out for a pair of wedges. They'll give you the height without pain. Boots with hidden platforms also give additional height, and are generally more comfortable.

Other Tricks

  • Boots with pointed toes also extend the leg line. 
  • Slim-fit pants work with more than just ankle boots. 
  • Pair them with any boot to create a leaner silhouette. 

When you're wearing skirts and dresses, boots that hit above the knee are most complementary. Pencil skirts also provide a complementary line.

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