When you err on the shorter side, finding the perfect boot is equivalent to finding the perfect pair of denim; certain styles will flatter your frame, some design elements are best left to the tall, and when you find the perfect pair, you cherish them. As a fashion editor who is just shy of 5’3 1/2,” I’ve spent the last several years dabbling in new boot trends, from high-fashion thigh-high boots to chunky Chelsea boots, to discover boot silhouettes that just work for my frame. Through the meticulous process of trial and error—and the inevitable pain of breaking in new boots—I’ve nailed down the short girl boot formula. Now, when buying boots, I always reference my checklist of heel height, boot height, and toe shape to ensure that I am investing in the right pair.
And let’s make one thing clear: your height does not limit your boot choice; it just informs the purchase. For instance, when I am trying over-the-knee boots, I know I need to look for structural elements or a slouchy shape for volume, a square or pointy toe, and at least a baby heel. If I opt for a flatter sole, I know it needs to either be a platform or a dramatic chunky heel to accentuate my height and balance my proportions. Within every boot trend of the season, there will always be an option for shorter girls. Ahead, discover the 20 best boots that will never fail short girls.
Mango Leather Boots ($200)
A subtle slouch at the ankle will add instant volume to your look.
Schutz Maryanna Heel Boots ($295)
Don’t be scared of a pointy heel. Once they are broken in, they will become your best friend.
Mango Squared Toe Leather Ankle Boots ($119)
Repeat after me: square-toe boots are great for short girls.
Eytys Ortega Snake Boots ($530)
I will admit that I don’t love flat boots, however, I am aware that I cannot wear heels 24/7, thus, I opt for platform boots when I go flat.
Sam Edelman Hai Knee High Boots ($116)
Simple structure adds sophistication to any knee-high boots.
& Other Stories Croc Embossed Leather Cowboy Boots ($279)
Again, not a high heel, but the baby heel of a cowboy boot is just the right amount of height.
Vince Kellen Boots ($595)
Knee high + square toes + low heels = yes.
& Other Stories Pointed Leather Sock Boots ($179)
Over the last few years, this shape has become my go-to with denim if I am not in the mood for knee-high boots but still want to add polish to my outfit.
Topshop Ava Ecru Leather Chunky Lace Up Boots ($125)
Chunky boots are in. You heard it here first.
N.N.G Store Over Knee Long Boots Fashion Boots ($40)
When it comes to over-the-knee boots, a silhouette that hugs your leg is best. If you opt for a slouchy pair or structured, it will drown out your frame (speaking from experience here!)
Sam Edelman Dasha Boots ($180)
Another perfect example of the ultimate short-girl boots.
BY FAR Stevie 42 Boots ($726)
As a short girl, investing in the perfect pair of boots is always worth it because once you find The One, you rarely take them off.
Ugg Mini Bailey Bow II Boots ($160)
A bit of a wild card, but these Ugg minis are one of my favorites for my loungewear looks, and yes, I often wear them with shorts.
Song of Style Brit Boot in Camel ($348)
The perfect boot shape for styling with dresses and skirts.
BY FAR Philip Boots ($618)
For ankle boots, opt for flattering fitted shapes like these.
Steve Madden Doler Black Booties ($140)
Gotta love sock booties! Fitted boots almost always elongate your legs.
FP Collection James Chelsea Boots ($178)
The ultimate short-girl rain boots.
Aeyde Ivy Leather Ankle Boots ($425)
If you aren’t feeling a fitted number for an ankle boot, try neutral, low-heel booties. And be sure that your straight-leg denim hits below the booties to avoid a gap.
Wandler Isa Long Boots ($860)
Trust me—they’re worth it.
Steve Madden Editor Fashion Boot ($88)
Be bold and try white booties with block heels.
This article originally appeared on Who What Wear
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