Summoning all short ladies - summer footwear

(42 Posts)
EarlyInTheMorning Tue 26-Feb-13 13:45:03

I know it's a bit premature but I want to start getting some ideas. What do you petite ladies wear when you put your boots awayas the weather gets better? I cannot wear flats because they make me feel frumpy. I mean, I don't even like wearing slippers at home! Heals however, I find uncomfortable plus I want some casual looks mainly. So that leaves me with wedges. 'Plungey' wedges are no good because they're not comfortable to walk in. Best ones are the ones with a bit of platform, but just a bit too much platform and feet look clunky. I want to look chic. How can I???? To make matters worse I have wide feet. I mean, is there any hope?confused

PhyllisDoris Tue 26-Feb-13 13:49:26

I too have very wide feet, and am short. I live in my boots in the winter - long ones with skirts, and ankle boots with trousers.

It's taken me years to reach this conclusion, but now I just live with looking good from the ankles up, and frumpy from the ankes down.

Probably not the answer you were looking for sad

MrsCampbellBlack Tue 26-Feb-13 13:52:36

Swedish hasbeens

MrsCampbellBlack Tue 26-Feb-13 13:53:44
PhyllisDoris Tue 26-Feb-13 13:54:29

Checking them out now...

PhyllisDoris Tue 26-Feb-13 13:55:58

£145???? you have got to be joking! I have never spent that much on shoes in my life!!! shock

MrsCampbellBlack Tue 26-Feb-13 13:57:37

Sorry - I just answered the question. There are many similar versions around at less £££ and they often go in the sale.

EarlyInTheMorning Tue 26-Feb-13 14:01:00

Are they comfortable mrscampbell? They look heavy.

SirEdmundFrillary Tue 26-Feb-13 14:06:24

There is no hope. You'll never look chic. Me too.

MrsCampbellBlack Tue 26-Feb-13 14:19:53

They are very comfortable and not at all heavy - do take a little breaking in though.

I wear them with skinnies, skirts, dresses and do think they look reasonably chic.

PhyllisDoris Tue 26-Feb-13 14:21:56

They do look OK, but I couldn't afford £145 for a pair of sandals sad. I am resigned to frumpy feet.
It wasn't me that asked the question though...

MrsCampbellBlack Tue 26-Feb-13 14:22:56
Mrsap Tue 26-Feb-13 16:02:09

I just wear really lovely (normally bold in colour or pattern) ballet flats/sandals and console myself with the fact I have lovely shoes on.

EarlyInTheMorning Tue 26-Feb-13 16:03:22

MrsCampbell that last one you've linked to is not Hasbeens is it? I remember having gold clogs a few years ago of that Swedish brand. I'm sorry but they made my feet stink so bad it was just embarrassing and I had to stop wearing them altogether. They are SO NICE though!

MrsCampbellBlack Tue 26-Feb-13 16:16:59

No - but some friends had Lotte's last year but they've definitely made them much more hasbeen-like now.

Walnutcakelover Tue 26-Feb-13 16:25:29
Alibabaandthe40nappies Tue 26-Feb-13 16:35:12

I just wear flats and have done with it. I'm resigned to my height, nothing I can do about it and I refuse to stagger about in heels being uncomfortable and not able to run after my children when they decide to scarper (they are very little).

Last summer I had a lovely pair of tan loafers from Dune. They were made of lovely soft leather and they were so comfy - I wore them with skinnies, casual trousers, dresses.
I also bought a pair of Merrell sandals for days when I was going to be on my feet a lot.

I'm a SAHM so I don't need anything especially smart. I do have a couple of pairs of sandals with heels, but I wouldn't wear them on a day when I was doing a lot of walking.

kerstina Tue 26-Feb-13 17:11:23

I like Fly wedges yoda sandals. I don't think my feet look clumpy in them and they are very comfortable but I do have narrow feet.

EarlyInTheMorning Tue 26-Feb-13 18:15:35

Walnut I would wear those flip flops to the beach but not around town. They're not really designed to walk a lot in them are they? Plus feet get really dirty and flip flops don't offer any support when walking. My ankles would be going all over theplace in those.

kerstina I like the heels in those shoes very much. Not massively keen on the peep toe but still, could be a possibility. Do you think they will work for my EE feet?

New Look has some fairly nice shoes in a wide fit. They don't have all their styles in wide fit but they usually have a decent amount to choose from. Might be worth having a look anyway smile

VivaLeBeaver Tue 26-Feb-13 19:07:08

I mainly wear flats but have some fake birki type sandals from next which have a wedge heel.

kerstina Tue 26-Feb-13 19:12:37

Hmm .. I am not sure . I have other fly sandals that are a bit looser on me but I can't remember I will try and find out which they are . I suggest you type in fly wedge sandals on amazon and read reviews . Lots of comfortable similar styled wedges . You can get a good idea what width they suit from the feedback.

Karbea Tue 26-Feb-13 19:18:13

I just ordered these they don't look too high, although not a wedge, I don't think wedges ever really look chic. I thought they would be a good way to introduce this seasons neon without looking like a teenager!

bonzo77 Tue 26-Feb-13 19:24:21

Can't link as I'm on my phone, but clarks usually do very comfy low wedges. I've got some fab ones from a couple of years ago in fuschia suede with cork wedges. Also camper often do suitable things though more expensive.

Blackden Tue 26-Feb-13 19:29:08

Interesting thread.
I'm short and have stupid size 2.5 feet (can get away with a 3 sometimes) that are very wide ie EE+. They are the most ridiculous feet and bear a horrid resemblance to pigs trotters. sad I can't walk in high shoes but hate flats.
Anyway, I've got some inspiration from the replies.

BettyandDon Tue 26-Feb-13 19:39:51

High heels with a strap around the ankle or t-bar or lace up are among my favourite footwear as a shortie.

Karbea Tue 26-Feb-13 20:03:00

Really I would have thought an ankle strap would cut you leg and therefore make your legs look shorter.

MrsCampbellBlack Tue 26-Feb-13 20:06:59

Ankle strap ok under skinnies I find.

M&S do good sandals generally

motherinferior Tue 26-Feb-13 20:08:42

I wear flat shoes all the year round. I am five foot nothing.

GeorginaWorsley Tue 26-Feb-13 20:14:47

I wear low wedges if Ican find them.
I do wear flip flops and ballet pumps,but need a bit of height with knee length dresses.
Clarks do lower wedges that are comfortable,as do Marks and Boden ,obv these more expensive.

lotsofcheese Tue 26-Feb-13 20:16:37

I wear Hush Puppy Sandals - usually wedges or mules, some have a strap. They're really comfortable & give me height too ( am a 5 foot midget!).

Debenhams, Frasers etc usually sell them. They're much more stylish now than in years gone by.

MrsCampbellBlack Tue 26-Feb-13 20:18:59

Again depending on budget but Michael Kors do great peep toe wedges in ponyskin which I wore a lot last summer.

But I bought them on the outnet for a lot less than their usual price.

One good thing about small feet is there's normally a lot left in the sales. Dune also good for sandals.

I like ankle straps but I do have skinny ankles.

I like sandals with a small wooden heel or a wedge, or I wear flat ones. Everybody knows I'm a short-arse, so it's not like I'll fool anybody by wearing heels, summer or winter!

prettyanddainty Tue 26-Feb-13 20:58:14

Well I'm really short (4'11), I also find it hard to find good foot wear for summer. I read somewhere that if you're short, you should avoid ankle straps on heels, it kinda makes you appear short and dumpy, the article said to keep your heel and ankle free.

toastedteacake Tue 26-Feb-13 22:14:56

I don't understand the concept of ankle straps making you appear short and dumpy only applying to short people.

Surely if you are in proportion it makes no difference?

Whereas an average height person with short legs wearing ankle straps may well look odd and add to the impression of not being in proportion.

Just because you're short in height it doesn't mean you have short chubby legs!

TheBeanAndTheBee Tue 26-Feb-13 23:24:38

Have you tried castaner wedges? Very comfortable wedges, not too high.

I actually have quite long, slim legs considering my height and general curviness! smile

I have this problem too! I'm always looking for something comfortable and casual but with height.

As someone said, fly sandals are great. I'll enjoy looking up the other stuff.

There's no way I could wear anything with an ankle strap - disaster for me/the heavy/short legged.

EarlyInTheMorning Wed 27-Feb-13 17:24:26

Fly wedges seem to be winning the race

kerstina Wed 27-Feb-13 18:00:52

Fly yossa seemed a bit loose on me (narrow feet) but not quite as attractive as the yoda sandals. Let us know which you decide on !

MrsCampbellBlack Wed 27-Feb-13 18:43:26

Fly wedges are a certain style - they wouldn't work for me but I know they're very popular on here.

Agree castaner lovely too. I also got some from boden a few years back which are great.

TheBeanAndTheBee Wed 27-Feb-13 20:44:41

And just to say even castaners with ankle straps are surprisingly flattering for those of us blessed with less than fabulous legs. The strap is quite loose and low, so doesn't cut the length of your leg in the same way that ankle straps normally do.

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