When you’re on the shorter side, finding the perfect boots is equivalent to finding the perfect pair of denim; certain styles will flatter your frame, some design elements are best left to the tall, and when you find the perfect pair, you cherish them. As a fashion editor who is just shy of 5’3 1/2”, I’ve spent the last several years dabbling in new boot trends, from high-fashion thigh-high boots to chunky Chelsea boots, to discover boot silhouettes that just work for my frame. Through the meticulous process of trial and error—and the inevitable pain of breaking in new boots—I’ve nailed down the short-girl boot formula. Now, when buying boots, I always reference my checklist of heel height, boot height, and toe shape to ensure that I am investing in the right pair.
And let’s make one thing clear: Your height does not limit your boot choice; it just informs the purchase. For instance, when I am trying over-the-knee boots, I know I need to look for structural elements or a slouchy shape for volume, a square or pointy toe, and at least a baby heel. If I opt for a flatter sole, I know it needs to either be a platform or a dramatic chunky heel to accentuate my height and balance my proportions. Within every boot trend of the season, there will always be an option for shorter people. Ahead, discover the 20 best boots that will never fail short girls.