The shoes that make woman's legs look five inches longer

women's shoesWhen actress Gemma Arterton appeared at the Venice Film Festival this week, all eyes were on the 30-year-old's seemingly endless legs.

Yet those well-turned ankles, shapely calves and slender thighs weren't entirely down to good genes and hours working out in the gym. The former Bond girl had actress Gemma Arterton also got herself a secret boost — in the shape of her vertiginous strappy gold sandals.

Victoria Beckham, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, singer Katherine Jenkins and Catherine Zeta-Jones have stepped out in similar shoes — and to the same stunning effect. So what is it about these stilettos that makes them so popular on the red carpet? The secret lies in the two thin straps — one low on the ankle, one across the toes. They're so thin that, from a distance, they are almost invisible, creating the illusion of bare feet — and making celebrity legs look five inches longer.

The gold colour is far more glamorous than a nude or beige, but still blends with most skin tones. As a result, the straps don't interrupt the line of the legs, making them look much longer and leaner. Petite or fuller-figured women are often told to avoid ankle straps, as they can cut off the line of the leg and make the calves look heavier.

They're not the most supportive footwear, but this only serves to encourage the wearer to focus on their posture, sucking in their stomach and pushing out their breasts and bottom to avoid toppling.

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