Womens Shoes Styling & Shopping Tips

"How to Buy Shoes that Fit and Look Fab on You"


There are many reasons to why buying womens shoes online can be a tedious task.

Black heeled sandals by Michael Kors
Courtesy of Michael Kors/Zappos

First of all, the sizes vary by brand and manufacturer. Second, we don't know how comfortable those shoes are until we've tried them on. Thirdly, we tend to buy too many women dress shoes that we don't really need.

And the shoes you rarely or never wear clutter up your closet, right?


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On this page you'll find shopping and styling advice on womens fashion shoes and how to get the most out of them - to help you save time and money!

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Womens shoes are available in a myriad of styles and colors. You're pretty much faced with a wide variety of shoes - from sexy women high heel shoes to flats. This page will help you guide through the mass of fashion shoes by helping you steer away from the ones you can save your wallet from :-)

Let's check out the guidelines to building a solid shoe collection that you love:

What Shoes to Invest In?

The best strategy to build a solid closet is to make sure you've secured shoes in simple and timeless styles that cover your major daily activities, before dabbling into other trendy shoes that can only be worn with a few outfits.

Examples of shoes that never go out of style are high heels pumps and ballerina flats that cover both day and evening occasions - in neutral colors that are easy to mix and match.

The wardrobe shoe essentials are:

Wardrobe essentials shoes
  • Casual/walking sneakers such as Keds, tennis shoes, or Converse
  • Flats for daily wear such as ballerinas
  • Basic leather sandals
  • Nude heeled sandals
  • Dress shoes for dressy occasions
  • Black heeled pumps
  • Nude heeled pumps
  • Ankle booties in dark neutral
  • Casual boots such as slouch
  • Riding or heeled boots for your dressy Fall/Winter outfits

A tip is to first secure the wardrobe shoe essentials and build on them based on your major daily activities (work, casual evenings, traveling, parties, etc.) in simple styles and versatile colors such as black, brown and white/cream. Click here to learn more about neutrals

In this way, you'll be able to wear them with the rest of your wardrobe without worrying about if they match, as well as you'll always have something to wear for every occasion.

fashion tip Note: No matter your style and lifestyle, make sure you secure the basics and trend-proof shoes before you buy anything else.


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Shoes that Look Great on Your Body Frame

You might want to look into what type of shoes flatter your body shape and your legs. Some shoe styles look better on you than on other body figures and leg shapes. So you'd want to make sure to select colors, styles and details that flatter you. Click here to learn more about dressing your body shape.

Your goal is to balance out your body shape - so for example, if you have prominent shoulders you need a pair of of shoes that add curves and interest around your legs.

Horizontal Body Shape

Prominent Upper Body

(tummy up to shoulders)

If you're an Inverted Triangle, Apple or have a wide/full torso (tummy, bust, shoulders) - bring the eye downwards with details and bright colors.

Bright turquoise flats for women with heavy upper body





Heavy and Wide Lower Body

(hips down to feet)

If you're a Pear, Hourglass or have a wide/full hips, thighs and legs - keep the color and details basic and at a minimum to avoid highlighting this part of your body.

Basic pumps for women with curvy hips, thighs and legs





Straight/Narrow Hips

(not much curves, little to no waist definition)

If you're a Rectangle with a straight figure - have fun with various shoe styles! Your focus should be to add curves and dimensions to your frame.

Beaded sandals for women with a straight body shape




Vertical Body Shape

Long Legs, Short Torso

Feel free to experiment with various shoe styles. However make sure you select details according to the shape and scale of your legs.

If you're bothered by your long legs and find them too-skinny, stick to flats and rounded toe shoes.

Learn more on how to dress your High-waisted & Long-legged Vertical Body Shape





Shoes for long legs





Short Legs, Long Torso

Avoid shoes that visually shorten your legs.

Select shoes that blend with the bottom, hosiery or skin. White shoes with dark blue jeans is leg suicide, but can always work as long as they have heels.

Avoid horizontal details, especially straps at the ankle.

Learn more on how to dress your Low-waisted & Short-legged Vertical Body Shape.



Shoes for short legs










Balanced

Follow my tips for short legs and long torso. Dresses and long tops shorten your legs, but heels and shoes that blend with your bottom help adjust that. Learn more about dressing your Balanced Vertical Body Shape.


Shape & Scale of Your Calves, Ankles and Feet

A golden rule of thumb is to select shoes that are scaled to the size of your calves, ankles and feet.


Full, Muscular Legs

You need the equally-scaled womens shoes, such as stacked and wedge heels, as well as thicker straps.

Delicate details on your feet will make your calves look bigger in comparison.

Shoes for long legs





Dainty Feet and Ankles

You need smaller-scaled shoes, such as fine straps and thinner heels.

Large details and straps, along with platform heels will make your legs look fragile and thinner.

Shoes for long legs





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Make Sure the Shoes Fit

Women dress shoes Frye ankle boots
Frye Boots via Zappos

Unfortunately, some shoe brands might be bigger or smaller than their stated size. If it's a brand you know, then stick with the size you've always worn.

But, if the brand is new to you, here's an easy way to find your accurate size:

You need: A piece of paper, rules and pen.

1. Place the paper on the ground and stand on it with your weight slightly forward to make sure your foot is flat.

2. Draw a line behind your heel and another line in front of your longest toe.

Note: It's common to have one foot longer than the other, so use the longer foot to measure.

3. Measure the distance between lines in inches.
Note: One inch is approximately 2.54 centimeters.

4. Find your measurement on the store's size chart to figure out the best fit. Round up if your size falls in between.

Length and Width Size

No one has perfect feet. So they might be wider or narrower than the average shoe size. Take a note of the width of the shoes in the item description. Zappos usually have their shoe description with stated width size and a Fit Survey that tells you if it's true to it's size and width.


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Time to Shop for the Latest Womens Shoes

Now that you've gone through my fashion tips and shopping advice on womens shoes, it's time to shop!

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