Do Boots Make Your Feet Look Big? (Can You Make Them Look Smaller?)

Footwear has a tendency to make your feet look bigger. In fact, the larger they are, the more they will look amplified when you wear shoes with a higher heel. But there’s no reason to avoid wearing boots just because your feet appear larger than normal.

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There are several styles of boots that can help make your feet appear smaller and more proportional to your body. The key is finding the right boot for your foot shape.

Boots are a staple of the fall and winter wardrobe. They keep your feet warm and dry while adding a stylish touch to any outfit. But you might be surprised to find that boots don’t always complement every outfit, and some styles can actually have the opposite effect — making your legs look shorter and your feet bigger than they really are!

Taller Boot Problems: Heels

The higher the heel, the more problematic boots can be for those with short legs. The taller the boot, the more severe this problem becomes. While four-inch heels will still look good with pants and skirts, six-inch heels can create awkward proportions when worn with leggings or fitted trousers.

Boots That Narrow at the Ankle

Narrowing at the ankle also creates disproportionate effects, but in a different manner. If you have muscular calves that are wider than your upper thighs, you might want to avoid boots that narrow near your ankle. This type of boot will only draw attention to the size of your lower legs and make your upper body appear smaller by comparison.

This effect is even stronger when wearing a pencil skirt or other narrow-cut legwear because it calls attention to how long it is compared to the rest of your body.

Toe shape also makes a difference in how much a shoe changes the shape of your foot. Pointy toes tend to “elongate” the foot, while square toes make it look shorter and squatter.

If you’re looking for boots that won’t make your feet appear larger and will give you an overall balanced look, pointed-toe ankle boots are ideal for petite frames.

These feature narrow toes that will draw attention away from large feet, while still allowing you to wear high heels without compromising comfort or style. Booties are also a great choice for women who have small ankles and calves but larger feet.

Do Boots Make Your Feet Look Big?

They sometimes do but it depends on various factors. Different types of boots have different feet shape and there is also the sizing aspect which may make one’s feet look big.

In general, boots, particularly the bulky ones, naturally have boxy toes and bulky soles and they also have a lot of extra space inside them. This will surely make your feet look bigger than they are because people will only be looking at the boots and not your feet inside them.

Apart from this, if the boots are quite pointy, then it will also make your feet look longer than they are due to the extra bit of space between the end of the point and your toes.

Last but not least, looking at boots from a certain angle may also make it appear that your feet are big.

Are Boots Supposed to Look Big?

The answer to this question depends on a number of different factors, such as the type of socks you are wearing, the style of boots, etc. Generally, boots should not look too big or too small.

However, since they are typically wider than most shoes, they give the appearance of being bigger. The difference is noticeable in terms of both volume and width.

Unless the boots feature a sleek shoe-like design, they often have a large volume and are made slightly wider for the size depending on the intended use. Boots that feature bulky design are of course supposed to look big.

How Can I Make My Feet Look Smaller in Boots?

If you wish to make your feet look smaller in boots, there are a few methods that will allow you to accomplish this effect.

  • Wearing baggy pants is one common method to do this. In many baggy pants, the hems may fall over your boots’ tops, which will add to the effect of making your feet appear smaller.
  • Some additional methods include wearing boots with wide straps and choosing darker tones for the boots. The dark color will help the boots fade into the background, hence providing the appearance of being smaller.
  • You can also try to wear boots that have stripes or lines running lengthwise down your feet. This will cause your feet to look skinnier and longer rather than wide and short.

Why Do Cowboy Boots Make My Feet Look Big?

Some cowboy boots can make your feet look big, but not all of them. Whether cowboy boots make your feet look big depends on certain factors, such as the toe shape of the boots. Cowboy boots feature a wide variety of toe shapes, e.g. wide square toes, square toes, round toes, snip toes, pointed toes, etc.

Cowboy boots that are particularly made for outdoor work often feature wider toe boxes. These can certainly make your feet look big. Similarly, cowboy boots with square or wide square toes can also make your feet look big because their structure is not tapered to the end.

Are Boots Bigger Than Shoes?

Technically, boots should be the same size as shoes. However, that’s not the case. Boots are generally bigger than shoes. There is also the variation in boot size across brands. Since boots are usually meant to be worn with “boot socks”, they feature relatively large sizes.

Generally, boots may fit up to a half size larger to accommodate the boot socks’ thickness. One thing you should note is that you can adjust a boot that is a little bigger or loose in size by using an insert or wearing thicker socks. It’s better to have a boot a bit bigger than too small.

Of course, the best way to find the right size is to try on the boots before you buy them or buy made-to-order boots that utilize the measurements of your actual feet. Good quality boots don’t stretch in length, so it is recommended that you buy slightly bigger than slightly small.


In summary, whether your feet are big or small, it can be difficult to find boots that flatter your shape. If you have large feet, you might run into trouble finding boots that fit comfortably. And if you have small feet, there might be a few styles that don’t look as good with your figure.

But there are ways to make sure you get the best boot fit for your needs and your size. Here’s how to choose the best pair of women’s boots.

Pick the Right Size

The first step in shopping for boots is finding the right size. Even if you have large feet, you don’t necessarily need extra-large boots that can feel like boats on your feet. Size up just enough so that your toes aren’t cramped but not so much that it feels like you’re swimming in them.

Make Sure They Fit Your Ankles

Boots should fit snugly around your ankles. If the boot is too loose, it will slip off when you walk. A double-knot will prevent this from happening, but it’s better to pick a size that fits well without having to rely on a second knot, in addition, to keeping them on your feet.


In summary, do boots make your feet look big? They certainly don’t make them look any smaller—but then again, they don’t have to.

If you like wearing boots, buy a pair that fits comfortably, and feel good in them. If something doesn’t fit correctly, or it makes your feet feel uncomfortable when you walk, why wear it?

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