Whether it’s a riding style boot, heeled boot or ankle boot, investing in a beautifully crafted pair of boots will pay off for years to come. Duo Boots provides the following advice to help you choose your next pair.
Whether you’re athletic, curvy, slim, tall or petite, shopping for boots is the same as shopping for those trusty jeans or a great fitting bra – the single most important rule is finding the correct fit to best flatter you.
Here are some tips to finding the best boots based on the five most common body types:
Athletic Curvy Slim Tall Petite
Athletic Body Shape
If you’ve been athletic or sporty in your time, you’ll have beautifully defined calves; however, sometimes this isn’t advantageous when shopping for knee-high boots. Best to search for:
- Boots with an asymmetric cut (higher at the front than at the back) are especially flattering on muscular calves.
- Heels or concealed wedges will lift and elongate.
- Zips at the back or elasticated panels will help boots fit snuggly and flatter the legs.
Curvy Body Shape
- Curvy people tend to have more voluptuous legs and calves, which generally means they have wider broader ankles and feet. Shopping for brands that offer varying heights and widths will ensure you’ll find a style and size to suit your body.
- Boots with a more cylindrical shape will cater better for curvy girls and will also allow you to tuck in jeans or trousers for a clean and presentable look.
- Straight cut boots will make the calf appear narrower and smooth out the silhouette.
- Details such as buckles will draw attention away from the width of the calf and focus on the style and presentation of the footwear. A heel will also help elongate the legs and promote great posture.
Slim Body Shape
- Many boots come at approximately 38cm width, which can cause a problem if you’ve got a very slim leg. Look for brands that offer a smaller calf width, and a narrow diameter from the ankle up through the calf (you’ll find that some styles are catered to fit this shape better than others).
- Supple leather will blend around a slim calf as opposed to firmer leather, which will appear more structured.
- One of the advantages to having slim legs is beautifully slender ankles, so ankle boots will look fantastic.
- A heeled boot with a tapered toe will lengthen the leg and balance proportions.
Tall (Long Legs)
- Women with long legs may often struggle to find knee boots that come high enough up to the knee, so, again, look for brands that offer a variety of boot lengths.
- Structural boots in smooth glossy leather will give the legs a streamlined effect.
- For women who are tall but still like to wear a heel, Duo also offer a range of mid heels which can be dressed up for day or evening.
- Boots made from luxurious suede are a glam alternative to heels without the extra height.
Petite Frames (5’4” or Under)
- If you’re under 5’4” the good news is you can boost your height and elongate legs with a great selection of heeled boots and you won’t need to compromise on comfort.
- Boots with detail or texture can cleverly make legs look longer. Ankle boots can look great on petite women with slight ankles and calves.
- Boots cut shorter on the leg avoid discomfort behind the knee.
Avoid chunky looking boots, which will unbalance proportions. Instead, opt for a delicate boot as it will better compliment a small frame.
Check out these styles, which we love:
Koalabi Acacia Boot
Just Bee Comfort Chay Boot
Just Bee Comfort Cherri Boot
Duo Lakota Boot
Just Bee Comfort Chalin Boot
Duo Brindisi in black
Duo Idaho in Bordeaux suede