The bad news is that you can kill any outfit with the wrong shoes. The good news: you can make yourself look so much better with the right shoes.
I will try to shed some light on this for you. If you are not tall or the length of your body does not consist of 60% leg keep the following things in mind. Dark colored boots with bare legs will always make your legs look shorter as will boots that cover your ankle. I only wear boots that cover my ankle if they are snug around that area or stop short around the ankle. The ones pictured below only work since their a natural color which keeps the line of my leg fluent. If they had been black it would be less flattering. It’s all about continuous lines!.
These are three examples that will make your legs look shorter:
Ankle straps will cut off the length of your length but can also be extremely sexy. Closed toe ankle strap with sheer black hosiery will do the trick there. One solid color will always elongate.
Booties with skinny jeans are awesome but always show a little ankle, unless your jeans are “legging-tight” please do not wear the booties over the jeans.
I have become a sneaker nut, in my book they go with everything! Another must have for the spring is a comfy espadrille wedge…and a strappy low “gladiator” sandal and yes an open toed bootie…and a bright colored heel….and uhm….maybe another pair of sneakers!