Ankle straps for petite women?

Q. I am 5′ 2 and love the new wedge shoe look. But I read that short people should not wear shoes with ankle straps that come around the ankles. What do you suggest?

-Harried Over Height

A. Ankle straps on a gal of any height usually don’t look good unless you have a slender leg and it can, on some bodies, look as if you’ve been cut off at the ankles. But don’t stress—there are options to get the leg-lengthening high heel of a wedge without the ankle strap:


Kate Spade ‘Ariel’ Sandal

$350 at


Daniblack ‘Amalie’

$133.95 at




Aerosoles ‘Thready Bear’

$69 at

Check out more wedges in our ultimate shoe guide

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