Best Shoes to Disguise Cankles (Thick Ankles)

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First thing’s first, there is absolutely nothing wrong with cankles. Some people have skinny ankles, some have thicker ankles, and there is no right or wrong way for an ankle to look. In saying that, we get a lot of questions about how to disguise thick ankles and what are the best shoes for cankles, so we are here to answer them. Here are our four top shoe tips to disguise cankles.

Avoid ankle straps

If your goal is to draw attention away from your ankles, avoid strappy shoes at all costs. Though grecian sandals are a lovely look, they will definitely draw the eye to that area, which isn’t ideal if you’re trying to disguise it. Plus, thin straps often indent the skin if you don’t have particularly defined ankles. The type of sandals we recommend would be something like these black leather sandals. They have a sturdy heel and thick strap to keep in line with the thickness of your ankles, and they are elastic so should mold to your foot without indenting your skin and making the area look bigger than it is.

Choose tall boots

The simplest and most foolproof way to disguise cankles is to completely cover them up. Opt for tall boots that reach up to or just below your knee, completely hiding the entire cankle area. Check out these Nu by Neo black leather boots for a possible option. They look great styled with stockings and a skirt in the winter time and will definitely do the job hiding cankles.

Stay away from rounded toes

When you are choosing a flattering shoe for cankles, it’s best to avoid those with rounded toes. Instead opt for something a little pointier like these dark nude heels. The goal here is to lengthen the leg as much as possible, making cankles seem less pronounced and giving the illusion that you have long legs. The nude colour of the shoe is a good option as well if it matches your skin tone as there are no dark stripes to cut off the line of your leg.

Add height

Our final tip is to add a bit of height to your look. Choose a heel you like the look of and the height of it will lengthen your leg, giving the illusion of slimmer ankles. This doesn’t mean you have to go around wearing stilettos every day, in fact, a wider based heel will work well as it will balance out the heavy ankles, like these neutral slides. If the colour matches your skin tone it has the added benefit of continuing the visual line of your leg.

If disguising your cankles will make you feel more confident, apply these tips when you are next shoe shopping. All we ask is that you remember there is nothing wrong with embracing and drawing attention to your natural cankles with a strappy shoe or ankle boot if that’s what makes you happy!


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