Though trendy, high heel sandals can be a challenge to walk in and match with outfits. These tips will show you how to walk in these sometimes perilous shoes, what pants and dresses to pair them with and how to add a little extra pizazz to them for different occasions.
High heeled sandals offer little support, so they must be walked in a certain way to avoid ankle sprain and falling. First, do not add powder or lotion to your feet right before putting on the sandal. This will make them slippery, making your foot more prone to turn sideways. Next, make sure that the straps are as tight as possible without hurting you. Last, for each step, keep your foot and ankles as stiff as possible. Walk by moving your leg from the hips with almost straight, unbending knees.
Pairing with Pants
When pairing high heel sandals with pants, jeans are your most appropriate choice. Sandals tend to be a casual type shoe and adding a couple inches to the heel doesn’t make them any less casual. Go for jeans with a tapered leg that lands at the bottom of the ankle where it curves into the foot. If you are wearing wide-legged jeans make sure that the hem touches the arch of your foot for the best look. Don’t worry about matching your sandal to your outfit. Go for a contrasting burst of color or a complementary color to peek out from your jeans’ hem.
Pairing with Dresses
Since sandals are casual, pair them with casual dresses. Billowy cotton dresses work well with high heel sandals. For example, if you would wear the dress to a cook-out or picnic, then high heel sandals would work perfectly with the dress. If you would wear the dress to a funeral, cocktail party or formal dance, then you should go with a more appropriate heel style.
Changing the Look
You can easily change the look of your high heel sandals in seconds by gathering some very basic items. Collect pretty ribbons to tie in strategic spots on your sandals to add a dash of color to a simple pair. Go to thrift stores and dollar stores and collect a variety of clip-on earrings. These can be snapped on a strap to add a little bling to a sandal for a flashier look.