The best shoes for mini and short skirts
The whole point to wearing a really short, or even a mini skirt is to show off your legs. But the wrong footwear choice can actually call attention to things you’d rather not emphasize.
Below are a few of the best women’s shoe styles to wear with shorter dresses and skirts, as well as a few styles you’ll want to avoid.
Flip-Flops: If you’re going super casual, flip flops other flat sandals are a great look. If the skirt is simple, such as a denim mini, you can really perk up the look with a sandal that has beading, sequins or metallic detailing.
Sneakers: It’s definitely a casual look, but sneakers can work well with a short skirt, like a denim mini. Avoid puffy, cross-trainers, and stick with a streamlined classic. For example, Keds would have a cute, somewhat preppy look, while Converse would add an edgy/urban twist.
Wedges: Miniskirts are all about the legs, and there are few things on earth that emphasize one’s legs more than a pair of wedge-heeled shoes. Espadrille, bohemian, strappy and woven styles all look great.
Flats: Due to the fact that they can add weight, ballet flats and skimmers don’t work very well with longer skirts. But with they can look great with short skirts. Look for a pretty, simple style and pair it with a casual or semi-casual mini for a look that’s all leg, and all feminine.
Tall Boots: Boots that fall just below the knee have become a short-skirt staple, especially in cooler weather. Flat or heeled, and with or without tights, tall boots are an ideal match for shorter dresses and skirts, but the boots should be simple in design. Brown and black are especially good colors for this look, and you can wear them again and again with a variety of outfits.
Kitten Heels: Kitten heel (a short, slender heel, with a slight curve setting the heel in from the edge of the shoe) are usually a rather delicate style of shoe, so they can work very well with short skirts. Thongs, slides and strappy sandals with a small, low heel help accentuate the “leggy” look you hope for with mini dresses and skirts.
Shoes to Be Careful With
What we see on the runway isn’t always the best look for real life, or all body types. While some of the following shoes can look really hot when paired with miniskirts, many of us will need to proceed with caution.
Ankle Boots: Ankle boots can really do a number on some women’s legs, making them seem bulkier and shorter than they actually are. Women with very thin legs might also struggle pulling off this look, as skinny calves could appear to be swimming inside of ankle boots.
Stiletto Heels: Painful and impractical, yes! But many still feel that stiletto heels make women’s legs look sexier than any other type of shoes. However, it’s not a good idea to pair them with short skirts.