Shoe Selection 101
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.
If you wear a pump, make sure the heel comes straight down from the base of the shoe, which will give your ankle some shape.
- A slingback can look good with a high, sturdy heel.
- A heavy heel on a wedge mule will make your ankles appear thinner.
- If you wear an open-backed shoe, it needs to be a thong sandal so the flow of your legs isn't broken.
- Pointed toes finish off the ankle in a less jarring way than a round toe.
- Any detail in the front of the shoe should be delicate.
More elegant heels will allow the wearer to show off her ankles to the best advantage without the shoes detracting from them and drawing too much attention to your feet.
So the heel on the left is a bad choice for thin ankles because the chunky heel is overpowering. The slender heel on the right is much more flattering for dainty ankles.