The Most Flattering Summer Sandals for Every Body Type

Which leg is yours?

You don’t often find “flattering” and “shoes” in the same sentence. Sandals all the same, you say? And, legs are legs. Actually, they aren’t. One woman’s thick thighs are another lady’s wide calves. And you need the right summer sandals to complement your gams as best you can. Here are five smart solutions.

Wide Calves

Balance is key here. Look to a funky ’70s-inspired platform to round out your shape and, frankly, steal the spotlight.

Get the look: AK Anne Klein ($60); Steve Madden ($100); Stuart Weitzman ($395)

Thick Ankles

Stacked heels are your friends, ladies. Not only are they the most walkable form of heels out there, but they also lift and elongate the lower parts of your legs.

Get the look: Kohl's ($40); Dune London ($120); Paul Green ($339)

Thick Thighs

A little on the top-heavy side? Draw attention to your delicate feet with a fresh floral print or other eye-catching embellishment.

Get the look: Seychelles ($50); Betsey Johnson ($69); Ted Baker ($162)

Skinny And Straight

If you’ve ever been called “chicken legs,” we’re here for you. And we’d like to tell you that flatforms are the answer to your prayers. The chunky base will ground you and add visual weight.

Get the look: Sam Edelman ($75); BCBGeneration ($89); Via Spiga ($92)

Something Navy

Just Plain Short

Sure, you could just slap on any ol’ pair of heels. But for a more comfortable and realistic option, go with a light-colored gladiator sandal, which gives the illusion of height through the lacing.

Get the look: Aldo ($60); Schutz ($200); Loeffler Randall ($250)