Summer Sandal Styles That Look Great on Petite Feet
The illusion of added height is what every short girl wants every time she puts on a pair of shoes. In the summer months that can be a little tricky. We are always reaching for a comfortable summer sandal and many times those are flat or very low heels. With this in mind, how do we make sure our petite feet look as long and slender as possible?
There are certain styles and features in a shoe that can help us achieve that. It just takes trying on lots of shoes and figuring out what looks best on your tiny feet. Just for the record, I have LOTS of experience doing this. I wear a size 5 shoe AND I am a confessed shoeaholic.
A great sandal by Marmi that can be dressed up or down all summer long
What is a Petite Foot?
The average shoe size for women in the United States is 8.5 to 9. Worldwide the average shoe size for a woman is 8. Interesting, huh. Taking those statistics into account, a small foot is someone who wears a size 8 or smaller. Petite feet belong to women who wear a size 6 or below.
Yes, there are many of us out there that wear a size 6 or below. The sad thing is that many brands start their sizing at size 6. With this in mind, what do the petite feet ladies do for shoes?
- know where to shop
- shop early in the season (they don’t make much inventory in our size)
- know what will look good on our feet
You can read my post about the Best Places to Shop for Shoes for Small Feet by clicking here.
Best Styles of Summer Sandal for Petite Feet
If you have petite feet, these shoe styles will always help you with that illusion of height and help to make your legs look longer. Every short girl’s dream, right?
- Pointed toe shoes
- Nude or skin colored shoes
- Lighter colored sandals
- Wedge sandals (look for smaller platforms and thinner wedges)
- Slingback sandals
Yes, I have sold shoes in my sales past. That means I know and understand a little about the construction of shoes. Knowing a little about shoe construction can come in handy when you are purchasing in store or online. This guide will help familiarize you with some commonly used shoe terminology.
My nugget of knowledge that I love to share is this. Once you find a designer that you love and a style of shoe that makes your feet happy find out which other shoes are made on the same last. Designers can use the same last for more than a couples of styles. That means that all of those styles should fit your feet the same. After you figure that out, it will simplify finding shoes to fit your petite feet.
Sandals That Don’t Flatter Petite Feet
When you are petite scale is such an important factor to determine if something works for you or not. There are certain styles of shoes that can easily be too “heavy” for our little feet causing the entire look to be off. The other thing that we have to consider is that we want to always have the illusion of longer legs so a sandal with ankle straps or ties going up the legs are not our friends. In other words, when you are shopping for shoes these are some styles that you probably don’t want to add to cart.
- Platform Shoes
- Wedges with high platforms and thick heels
- Gladiator Sandals
- Ankle Straps (especially that are not skin tones)
Summer Sandal Options That Will Look Great on Your Petite Feet
Now it’s time to take a look at some of picks of the season that will keep your petite feet happy and looking great.
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by my little corner of the internet and read this post. It means the world to me. I have had lots of practice shopping for shoes for petite feet over the years. A great summer sandal is always a favorite of mine to add to cart. Hope this helped you as you navigate summer sandal season.
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