The Best Boots For Your Leg Shape

Boots are one of the most elegant and trendy types of footwear. However, not all boot styles suit all body shapes. Some boot styles are better for different body types.

Not sure what your body type is? We help you figure it out and how to dress for it:

What Body Shape Am I?

Consider your shape and choose the best boots for you!

Pear Shaped

If you have a pear shaped body, you will be bottom-heavy. The knee length boot allows for a more proportionate looking body and gives the illusion of slimmer legs.


Buy Now for R300 at Mr Price


Buy Now for R350 from Kelso at Edgars

Short and Petite

If you are short and have a small frame, any boot with a slight heel will give the illusion of longer legs. If you choose ankle boots, pair with skirts and pants of the same colour to elongate your frame. Avoid ankle straps which can make you look shorter, and go for zipper details instead.


Buy Now for R299 at Jet

boots from Trenery

Buy Now R1 699 from Trenery at Woolworths


If you have a muscular body and muscular legs, I’m sure you want to show off your hard work. Any boot with a heel allows for the leg muscles, particularly the calf muscle to contract, showing off your defined muscles even more. Ankle boots are also the boot style for you as it shows off more of your leg. Play with colours closest to your skin tone for a slimming effect.

boot from steve madden

Buy Now for R1 899 from Steve Madden at Superbalist

boots from H&M

Buy Now for R629 at H&M

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If you have curves, go with a knee high boot. Anything above the knee or below the calf may extenuate your curves, giving your leg and body curves the illusion that they are bigger than they actually are.

boots from Zando

Buy Now for R799 from Bata at Zando

boots from Bilini

Buy Now for R999 from Bilini at Superbalist

Apple Shaped

If you’re apple shaped, wedged boots are great. The wedge provides height, balance out the leg proportions and reduce the size of thick calves.

boots from Kelso

Buy Now for R280 from Kelso at Edgars

black boots from Woolworths

Buy Now for R299 at Woolworths

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If you have a slim or skinny body type, you are lucky enough to be able to pull off any type of boot! For the illusion of thicker legs, ankle boots are great. You can have fun with statement boots that draw attention.

boots from Forever New

Buy now for R899 at Forever New

boots from Woolworths

Buy now for R350 at Woolworths

glitter boots

Buy now for R180 at Mr Price

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