We might be devoted sneaker enthusiasts and overall fans of flats (aren’t we all?), but no one can deny the allure of a great pair of heels. That is, as long as they’re worn the right way. (There’s a time and place for four-inch leopard pumps.) Here, six heel-outfit combinations to avoid at all costs.
1. Jean shorts with stilettos. We know—your legs are the stars of the show here. But a classier way to flaunt them off is with demure flat sandals or low-profile sneakers. If you must add a little height, do so with beachy wedges and a loose-fitting top.
2. A miniskirt with platform pumps. First, short skirts tend to fit snug (to stay in place). When you add six inches of pumped-up calves and the silently obvious risk of rolling an ankle, you’ve officially veered into tacky territory. Next time, check out our go-to guide for pairing hemlines with heel heights.
3. Flared pants with peep-toes. Wide leg openings with heels can be majorly leg-lengthening, but it all depends on extending the line. Strappy wedges and flatform sandals work best because they have a similar weight to the hemline. A delicate peep-toe, however, fans you a little too close to the 2002 Dirrty-era Christina Aguilera flame.