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For those with thick ankles…
…flat shoes with a thin toe make the ankle look even stumpier. A high ankle strap strangles the ankle, and a low kitten heal is in danger of looking like it's going to snap under your weight.

A more substantial shoe looks in proportion to a more substantial ankle:
  • A chunky loafer is a good choice.
  • A simple thong lends much-needed length to a thick ankle.
  • Clogs and mules are a thick ankle's best friend.
So the sneaker pictured on the left is a bad choice for thick ankles because it makes the leg look short and stubby. The flat mule pictured on the right elongates the leg, giving the appearance of a thin ankle.
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