When we're young we can get away with just about any pair of shoes - trainers, thigh high boots, high rise wedges, backless stilettos, they either look sporty, funky or just plain sexy...

As we age, the style and shape of a shoe can make or break our outfit....

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Here are 8 tips for buying fashionable but sensible shoes:

1. High heels are sexy, but heels that are too high tip you forward and makes your butt stick out. The effect is worse if you're height challenged.

2. As we age, the balls of our feet have less padding and we need extra cushioning. Make sure the shoes you are buying have soft inner soles or buy some foam pads from a shoe shop.

3. If you are plus size, be careful about wearing spiky stilettos. they can make you look top heavy. Stilettos that are too high will call attention to your appearance and the way in which you hold yourself so keep the heel height to 4 inches (10 cm) or less.

4. If your ankles are thicker than you'd like them to be, don't wear ankle strap shoes or sandals with skirts. Shoes with ankle straps visually cut the leg off at the ankle... this ideas is to make the leg look leaner and longer.

5. Wearing towering high heels with a micro mini-skirt will make you look like a lap dancer. the rule is: the shorter the skirt the lower the heel.

6. Be careful when wearing chunky wedges. This heel style is not flattering if you're short  because it will make your legs appear shorter and thicker.

7. Never sacrifice comfort for style. Chances are those pointy toe stilettos will end up gathering dust in the back of your wardrobe.

8. Aim to try on shoes later in the day, or after a workout, since feet tend to become larger as the day progresses. 

Experts say feet can swell up to an extra full size by the end of the day.  There is nothing worse than wearing shoes that are too tight.

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