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For some, shoes are only made for walking. For others, shoes are essential to complete an outfit. Your attitude toward shoes could fall in either of those categories, but shoes can also assume a different (and underrated) role -- the ability to add height. Sure, you can slip on a pair of 6-inch stilettos and be taller. But there are easier ways to look tall without the blisters and foot cramps.
If you want to look taller, avoid shoes with clunky heels. that are clunky. Thick-heeled shoes -- think clogs -- won't do anything for your height. They might make you look unpolished, short and stocky. On that note, avoid kitten heels as well. Kitten heels are tiny, which won't make you look taller in any way. The ideal heel would be a sturdy (remember, not too thick) midheel of about 2 inches.
To make your legs look never ending, try shoes in the same color as your skin. If you're wearing black pumps, your legs' length will stop at the shoes. The contrast between your skin color and the shoe will shorten your legs. Shoes that match your skin tone are the simplest and most elegant option to lengthening your legs. But this doesn't mean you have to bare your gams year-round. During winter, you can pair hosiery with the same color heels. As long as your legs and shoes match, your (illusion of) height will be intact.
There isn't anything wrong with strappy heels, but when you have straps that encircle your ankle or even your calves, they'll instantly shorten your legs. Straps cage your feet and your ankles. You need shoes that hint at mobility, so they don't weigh down your legs. Sometimes less is more, so be wary of unnecessary frills, jewels, studs or intricate straps.
The secret to longer legs is to own investment pieces. You need to go "back to basics," if you will, and find classics. This means shoes that are minimalistic -- no bells and whistles. Think basic pointy-toed pumps, slingbacks and peep-toes, but avoid pumps with a square or round toe. Since you'll be wearing these shoes over and over, it's OK to spend a little more on higher quality. It'll be worth it in the long run.