Hack for wearing long pants with flat shoes

Everlane texture cotton cardigan petite try on

Over the weekend I shared an outfit I’ve been loving pairing looser trousers with sneakers – a combo that wouldn’t have even crossed my mind to try a couple years ago. The length of these pants fit me best with a pair of heels, but I discovered a little trick that also helps them work with sneakers! Watch my IG reel on these here.

I initially bought a bunch of heel lifts because I have low ankles and a lot of shoes rub uncomfortably there. But an unexpected benefit was that they help keep some pant hems from dragging on the ground! Here I’m using these heel lifts which are 3.3 cm / 1.3 inches tall, and I also have the lower AdjustaLifts for when I just need a tiny lift to mitigate the ankle rubbing issue. I tried several brands and like these two because they are slimmer fit, while others were too wide to fit inside my shoes.

Now these won’t do enough on pants that are several inches too long, but they help, and I am wearing platform sneakers as well for another inch. If you missed it, you can see my original shoe hacks post where these were featured.

I also wanted to mention that my Everlane cardigan was just restocked for the season in 3 neutral colors. I got mine over a year ago and it’s a nice quality, chunky cotton knit that is medium-heavier in weight. For a more budget-friendly non-cotton option, I recently picked up this waffle crop cardigan and love it! It’s soft to the touch, has a slightly oversized boyfriend style but is still petite-friendly in length, and I love the waffle texture.

best heel lifts for short women

J.Crew flats with AdjustaLifts for a small lift // Everlane sneakers with these lifts for more lift (1.3 inches)

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  1. Jan M wrote:

    Thank you very much. Enjoyed!

    Posted 10.4.22 Reply
    • Jan M wrote:

      Thank you for sharing!

      Posted 10.4.22 Reply
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    Thank you Jean! Another tip for people who suffer from shoes rubbing the back of their foot—sometimes you can place an insert under the ball of your foot instead of the heel to alleviate rubbing! Different shoes take different types of modifications to make them less uncomfortable. Hope this helps!

    Posted 10.2.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Thanks for sharing!

      Posted 10.3.22 Reply
  3. Lissa wrote:

    I love all your hacks. I was hoping this would work for me, but when I tried something similar in flats, the heel pops out. My slightly larger foot is ok, but the other one always flips out.

    Keep bringing the quality content! Love it.

    Posted 10.1.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Sorry to hear that! It works better with flats that have a higher side profile (like loafers) and with flats I try to stick with the lower inserts. xx

      Posted 10.3.22 Reply
  4. Kate Becker wrote:

    Good ideas

    Posted 9.30.22 Reply
  5. Jessica Camerata wrote:

    OMG I think you just blew my mind with the adjustable lift. My ankles ALWAYS rub on flats and I had no idea there was a solution for it! Also loving all your trouser outfits. I really love the trend, but keep gravitating toward my jeans still!

    xo Jessica

    Posted 9.29.22 Reply
    • Anonymous wrote:

      Great! How can we keep up with your posts on IG?

      Posted 10.1.22 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Thanks Jessica!

      Posted 10.3.22 Reply

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