Foot flattery: It’s not often discussed but always noticed. Shoes, like shapewear or a perfectly tailored suit, have the ability to highlight the good, conceal the bad and create a sinewy, seductive line.
Speaking to Footwear News this summer, cover star Zendaya echoed this sentiment when it comes to her own look and also the pairs she helps create for her Daya by Zendaya collection. “I am all about a good ‘foot shoe,’ meaning I want it to look good on my foot,” she said, citing the cut of the vamp and throat and height of the pitch as key focal points.” There is nothing worse than a shoe that doesn’t make your leg look good. That irritates me.”
Yet so many styles exist more as sculptural experiments and extreme fashion statements rather than foot-friendly enhancers of one’s figure. With that in mind, here are nine key styles that emphasize all the right spots from silhouette and shape masters such as Azzedine Alaïa, Gianvito Rossi, Aquazzura’s Edgardo Osorio and Jimmy Choo’s Sandra Choi.
Click through to see best styles for every foot woe.