At 5’11”, I’m what most people would consider tall. I’m so tall, in fact, that I’m regularly stopped and asked what basketball team I play for. Not if, but what—as if being tall somehow means I’m automatically in the WNBA. Regardless, I love my height. I love standing out in a crowd. I’m thrilled I can wear maxi dresses all summer long without worrying about tripping. I actually enjoy being similar in height to my 6’2″ boyfriend. No awkward couples photos here, thank you very much.
That are, however, certain considerations that must be made when you’re 5’8″+. For example, I tend to veer away from miniskirts, as what might be mini on others is practically invisible on me. Likewise, I prefer a lower heel like a mule over a stiletto. I like meeting my boyfriend eye-to-eye, but I’m not trying to pat him on the head from above. That’s why when it comes to boots, there are certain styles I prefer. I’m not shopping for 5-inch bootie heels, but I’m definitely seeking out the perfect over-the-knee boot. With me? Keep reading for the best boot styles for tall women.
If I was left on a desert island with only one pair of shoes, it would be my combat boots. Though perhaps not entirely practical for a sand-filled beach, they’re otherwise the most versatile shoe on the planet. There’s not an outfit they don’t go with, from boyfriend jeans to flowing midi skirts. Furthermore, combat boots hit the perfect part of the calf for tall women, accentuating your toned muscles, and making the rest of your leg seem long and lean. I match my combat boots with the bike-shorts trend for that very reason.
OTK boots might swallow up shorter women’s legs while nearly reaching their hips, but they merely accentuate our lithe and long limbs. Take advantage of the fact that you can wear an OTK boot and a sundress with enough leg to show a little skin in between. That’s a rare and impressive feat, I assure you.
The low-cut ankle boot is a surprisingly flattering style for tall women. Compared to a traditional ankle boot—which can hit long legs at the wrong place—low-cut boot sits right under your ankles. Pair these with midi skirts or a cuffed jean for a style perfect for those of us over 5’8″.
Reaching mid-calf, cowboy boots are not only one of the most popular trends this year, but also an ideal boot for tall women. The heel on cowboy boots are typically an understated height, and they match nicely with a maxi dress (which also happens to suit our long frames perfectly).
An easy alternative to over-the-knee boots, knee-high boots are ideal on occasions when you want to show a little more leg—or look like you’re headed to your stable to ride horses à la Gigi and Bella Hadid. Either way, they’re perfectly suited with tailored pants or a summer dress that hits mid-thigh.