3 Top Tips to Choosing Shoes to Flatter a Thick Ankle

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Recently I’ve had two readers ask me to write about how to flatter thicker ankles:

Sometime it would be great if you could address ‘thick ankles’. They were the bane of my mother’s existence and sometimes I think they are of mine as well. They are why (along with horrible English weather) I almost always choose pants instead of skirts, boots instead of shoes. I can’t be the only person in the world with this trait!

and

First, absolutely love your blog. Just found it about a week ago, and every spare minute you will finding me reading it …to has so many wonderful tips and suggestions.
Second, I think I have identified my body type an 8 shape. I am a size 16, so have many lumps and bumps….but my main issue is my thick ankles. Cannot find an article talking about shoes for thick legs….think tree stumps. Do you have any suggestions for larger women?
Thanks, and know you have a new avid reader.

It can be a difficult issue as unless you want to wear full length trousers all the time, then they are exposed to the world.  With a full length  trouser you can wear whatever shoe you like! But how about dressing in skirts and dresses or cropped pants or shorts?  Here are my three top tips.

 

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Firstly you want to think about the concept of scale and how if you want to make something appear smaller, you put something larger near it.  Therefore, when thinking about shoes instead of fine straps, heels and soles, you want thicker straps, heels and soles to balance your ankle and make it look slimmer.

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  • Thank you so much for this! My ten-year-old daughter has thick ankles and is just starting to wear women’s sizes in shoes. I really had no idea where to start with choosing attractive shoes for her, but I do know that the Mary Janes she’s been stuck with forever are not particularly flattering, particularly if she wears them with ankle socks. (She has very wide feet, so we never had much selection in girls’ shoes.) I just started looking for shoes online this week, and while it was wonderful to finally have a larger selection, I wasn’t sure what would be flattering for her.

  • Very interesting… I also find that sling backs & d’orsay heels are quite flattering – both are elegant and trick the eye into lengthening the leg…

  • I would love for you to shine your light on my particular issue and that is bow legs. They are a curse indeed! They always show, except of course when wearing a maxi skirt 🙂 Flared jeans are flattering too, all the rest not so much. I’m an 8 shape with the classic high hip, a little overweight and 163 cm tall. There must be others out there with the same problem, right! Thanks for reading, I hope to get some advice from a pro.

  • Great advice! It just always ‘clicks’ with me, so I trust it.

    One thing I still wonder is: what about the front of the shoe? They range from clownishy round to sharp and pointy and everything in between! What would your advice to someone with chunky legs be?

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