While we generally try to celebrate our size here, I get that it can be annoying when people point out my “big feet” and even if it’s only weirdos who do it, I know when you start focusing on something you can’t get it out of your head!

So, here are a couple tips from a girl with size 10 wide feet for helping your feet appear smaller with the help of these shoe styles. I’ve included a few examples, where appropriate, too.


embrace horizontal straps

Straps add a visual layer to feet that detracts from the feet themselves. This is because the horizontal straps give a “broken up” effect to the foot: a similar fashion example would be  wearing a wraparound strap swimsuit to detract from your torso.

example: strappy platform sandals and wedges

Not the best pic but here’s me with some wide-strapped platform sandals from Cushionaire. My feet are actually much bigger than my friend’s next to me, but you’d never know looking at this! I love how the thicker straps break up my feet.

wide straps on sandals can make big feet appear smaller

Cushionaire do great strappy sandals up to size 11 wide.

For a taller heel, this Clarks wedge is highly rated in sizes up to 12 wide.

These and more are featured in our guide on the best wide width wedge sandals.


elevate your feet with heels (any heels)

Yas, I know, us tall girls don’t LOVE rocking 3 inch heels whenever we go out and subsequently appearing even taller… but even 1 inch heels can do a great job of “shortening” your feet (if that’s even the right word) because they raise your heel and change the angle of your foot from horizontal to diagonal.

Not the biggest heel girl here but my recommendations for a good (and affordable) heel game would be Boohoo and Asos.


elevate your feet with heels (any heels)

Yas, I know, us tall girls don’t LOVE rocking 3 inch heels whenever we go out and subsequently appearing even taller… but heels can do a great job of “shortening” your feet (if that’s even the right word) because they raise your heel and change the angle of your foot from horizontal to diagonal.


high calf boots

A high-reaching calf boot can give the visual effect of your foot being smaller due to the height of the vertical portion of the boot often being larger than the length of your foot. Again, the visual element is detracting from the foot. And, when you add a heel to the boot, this only further helps make the actual foot appear smaller.

example: knee-high boots

wide calf boot 20 inches

This Eloquii “Lane at the Knee” boot in a 2.8 inch heel is ideal for drawing attention away from your foot due to its loud styles and high-rising calf length.

For more inspiration, definitely give our roundup of the best wide calf boots a look!


embrace uggs!

I love me a good Ugg boot, and Uggs (or similar styles) can be useful for concealing foot size due to their extremely rounded toe and general “soft” features.


choose darker colored footwear

Another steadfast rule of fashion: black is slimming. The same applies to footwear, and black shoes/boots/sandals can be really useful at not only making your feet appear shorter, but also thinner.

It’s not only black, either. Any darker color, think grays and blues, can do this job pretty well.


be loud, girl

This is a rule I generally try to apply to all fashion, but that’s because it works! The more details and aspects you have to your outfit in general, the more it’s going to detract from people noticing or making dumb comments about your size.

The horizontal straps, heels, patterned boots, all speak to owning your style and not being afraid to do something different. While it can be tough to stop thinking about how “big” certain parts of your body look, your body is something that should be embraced and styled the way you want it to look. 

And… if you really want to avoid shoe styles that make your feet look big, these are my “don’ts” as far as brands and styles go!


styles/brands to avoid if you reallyyyy don’t want your feet to appear bigger

I’ve seen some contrasting views on which styles to totally avoid online but these are just the shoe styles that make logical sense to avoid due to the fact they’re generally pretty sizeable in most styles:

  • Running/tennis shoes (particularly those with exaggerated foam soles)
  • Vans
  • Doc Martens