Ankle-slimming. Sofia Coppola- (and Alexa Chung-) approved. Ladylike. These are a few of the many wonderful things about ankle strap footwear, albeit not the most wonderful thing. That would be the style’s chameleon-like ability to seamlessly work on nearly every type of shoe in the world*, whether it’s a pair of flats with barely-there soles, big chunky platform wedges or thin-strapped sandal stilettos. Whichever look you prefer, you’ll find it in my low-to-mid-to-high ankle strap shoe guide above. Click through to shop your perfect height now.
*Perhaps the only kind of footwear that doesn’t look amazing with a little shackle action on top are sneakers, although you can sometimes fake the look by tying the laces of canvas trainers (like Supergas) around your lower legs à la The Man Repeller.