How to Spell Gabbana: How to Wear Heels? – Part 3

Written by Mariem ELTagoury

Good day beauties! In the last two episodes, we’ve been discussing how to walk in heels, how to buy the right pair of heels and this month is our last episode which includes tips for shoe shopping. Today I’ll take you through a few tips for picking the right style of shoe to flatter your beautiful body shape, and how to be a smart shoe shopper.


Different Body Shapes

We all have our self-conscious zones and stuff we like to flaunt. Here’s a list of stuff to keep in mind while shoe shopping for your body type:

Short legs: avoid ankle straps and t-straps; they make looks shorter. Nude colored shoes at length. Also, try opened toe shoes or shoes with skinny vamps.

Long/large feet: avoid pointed shoes as they give the illusion of extra length. Rounded and open-toe shoes are a good option.

Wide feet: pointed shoes might be uncomfortable for your foot type. Opt for rounder toe shapes.

Large ankles: avoid ankle straps; they make the ankles look wider. Try pumps they offer a slimming look to legs.

Skinny legs: Do buy ankle straps to assume more size. If long boots look big or strange on you, try leg warmers with them. They offer bulk inside the boot and the fun colors are quite fashionable peeking out from winter boots.

Plus-sized: COMFORT RULE; your weight is inversely proportional to your heel height. The more you weigh, the shorter the heel should go. If you want to add height but maintain comfort, try platforms or chubby heels but avoid stilettos as they don’t offer much support.

Foot problems/injury recovery: this isn’t exactly a shape but it shouldn’t be over looked. Whilst minimal heel is preferable, chunky heels & platforms could be your best friend. Always look for a shoe with a wide vamp, or with laces to offer extra grip and support to the foot.

When to Splurge on Shoes?

When buying:


Professional shoes: these are shoes you’ll live in everyday for the office.  They should look great while still being comfortable.

Classics: hopefully you’ve reached that age where your feet stopped growing. Now you can splurge on timeless black pumps and nude heels.

High heels: when buying high heels, I’d strongly suggest you visit a more reliable brand/store than the cheaper options. As discussed last month, the structure and anatomy of the heel will make a huge difference on how comfortable the shoe shall be hence, it will affect your health and how long you will you keep that shoe on. (You do not want to be one of these girls who takes off her shoes mid party and ends up with filthy soles. It’s unhealthy, trampy & disgusting!)

When to Save on Shoes?

Flats: as long as they’re comfortable with a reasonable heel, there’s no reason to splurge on this one.

On trend shoes: it’s in now, it’s out tomorrow. Don’t splurge on something that won’t last.

Your thoughts?

Where are your favorite places to shop for heels? Have you found these tips useful? Would you like to add some more tips of your own? Please tell us what you think in the comments section below.  What would you like us to “decipher” next month? Please tell us in the comments section below or via our email [email protected]


About Mariem El Tagoury

I am a graduate from German University Cairo. Reading novels is my passion and writing is my release. My guilty pleasures include fashion & playing around with my make-up kit. A couple of years back when I was introduced to the online world, back in 2007; I was quite surprised that in spite of the presence of thousands of young Egyptians who follow the online sphere daily, there wasn’t one site that represented us or our lifestyle. [Later we’d come to see the rise of the political, religion, social-elite, and foodie websites, but still the voice of the average Cairene youth was missing.] I was glad to find out that I wasn’t the only one who had the feeling of the outsider on the internet, that’s why I decided to gather a team to fill a gap & finally find our place online and give Cairo’s youth a real voice that reflects its true culture. I hope you find our site interesting with a new view of life. Besides running the magazine & editing, I write the “Sans Sugarcoating” column, pardon my french, and a couple of other stuff around here! If you want to contact me, my email is [email protected]; you can also use our contact form or email directly to [email protected]

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