While my personal reasons for avoiding most opened-toed shoe options tend to fall into the "terrified of my toes" category, once Winter hits having a good pair of boots is just a necessity of life if you want to avoid frostbitten tootsies (especially if you're like me and have to take public transport to get around). Finding the right pair of boots is a lot harder than you think it is going to be when you start boot shopping and half the time you'll find yourself looking at your reflection in those little mirrors, wondering why it looks weird. Sure, there's nothing stopping everybody from buying the same pairs of boots as you see on the model set, but if you want to really flatter (and balance) your figure you need to take the rest of your body into consideration when boot shopping.
Best boots for your body shape if you're petite:
If you're a shorty wanting to look a little bit taller the first thing you should look for in boots is a little bit of height. Platforms and chunky heels add height without making you unstable and the thickness means you can get to staggering heights without toppling over. For longer-looking legs stick with ankle boots (anywhere from the ankle bone to the bottom of the calf) as longer boots can make your body seem too short and out of proportion by comparison. Stick with solid colours and minimal embellishments (like buckles) to help elongate the legs and if you're pairing your boots with pants, then you can make them look even longer by matching the colours.
Best boots for your body shape if you're an hourglass:
Ladies with an hourglass figure looks best when their style has a little bit of vintage flavour (which is one of the many reasons why curvy gals look so good with a cinched waist!), so channel a little bit of Marilyn with a rounded toe — the curves of the shoes subtly echo the curves of the body to keep everything lovely and rounded. Look for heels or wedges that have a tapered, conical (or slightly V-shaped) bottom as another nod to your curves while still providing stability. As for length, a short ankle boot works great if you have shapely calves that make knee-highs a nightmare and lets your lovely legs get the attention they deserve.
Best boots for your body shape if you're an apple:
I hate these fruit-based body descriptions, but until somebody comes up with a less ridiculous way to say that you're top heavy or rounded at the top with skinny legs, I guess we're stuck with them. If you fall into the "apple" category then we'd like to encourage you to get those gams out ALL THE TIME. While you've got the legs for the longer boots, we'd hate to see you covering them up so much, so stick with ankle biters, but if ever there was a body shape that called for a chunky boot, it's yours. Apple shaped ladies can look like their feet are disappearing if they wear a delicate shoe, but a thick wedge can balance out any volume you have up top without swamping your frame.
Best boots for your body shape if you're a pear:
Another term for my body shape fruit salad is the vividly named "pear shaped" which I think we can all agree should just be changed officially to bootylicious. If you carry your weight in the lower half of your body then you should be looking for a nice long boot (just below the knee or higher — anything mid-calf will make your legs look bigger) in a solid colour to help elongate your situation. Another good trick is to look for stacked heels to help lengthen your legs while making your ankles appear teeny tiny. If your calves make it tricky to buy knee-highs, then keep an eye out for loose-fitting slip on ankle boots — the space they create around the opening makes your legs look skinnier (gotta love a fashion optical illusion!).
Best boots for your body shape if you're tall and skinny:
Since you tall and skinny ladies don't really need the height you can easily forgo the heels in favour of a flat without looking like you're too short to ride the rollercoaster. Riding boots look great with skinny ladies with the added benefit of being crazily comfortable to boot. With legs like you ladies are packing there's not a whole lot you could do that would make them look anything less than long and lovely — so don't be afraid of the extra-long over the knee styles. When wearing these long, lean styles it's best to have a little bit of volume up top (such as a cozy night jumper) so that you don't wind up looking like Jack Skellington.
There are no real hard and fast rules when it comes to fashion and just because one style of boots looks amazing on a girl with a completely different body shape to you, that doesn't mean there's no way you could wear it. Fashion is at least 80% attitude so buy the boots you love and rock the hell out them. But if there's anything about your body that you'd prefer to disguise (or enhance) then these tips will definitely help you do that.