18 Sneakers For Short Women That Tall People Wish They Could Wear


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Are you a shortie struggling to find cute sneakers that add just the perfect amount of height? As someone who is 5'2 I know the struggle and have been in your position. 

There are so many sneakers out there that are either too tall and chunky, or too flat where they can't give you the height you want. I decided to do the dirty work and source some of the best sneakers for short women that will add the perfect height! 

From designer labels that offer pristine stitching and elevate any look, to more affordable sneakers that offer plush platform soles, there is something here for every shortie. 

So, lets dive right into the best sneakers for short women that will have tall people wishing they can wear these!

1. New Balance 9060 WHITE

Not sure how this grandpa sneaker became trendy, but they're comfortable AF. They're always sold out, so if you can find your size snag them!

white new balance women sneaker
New Balance

2. On Cloud Cloudmonster Sneakers

On Cloud has popped off this year. They're liike the new Nike, but higher-end and cooler in my opinion. From someone who has gone through 4 pairs of on cloud sneakers, I can vouch and say they really feel like your walking on a cloud. I walked miles in these in Europe an on the treadmill and they do not dissapoint. 

Cloudmonster white and black sneaker
On Cloud

3. Women's Court Trainer in White/black

These Alexander McQueen sneakers are a best-seller for a reason. These are a slight twist on the older sneakers that went super viral. I like these ones better because the platform is not super bulgy like the other style. This comes in a bunch of different color heal counters. Pair it with one of these petite friendly denim jeans!

white platform trainers 100% calf leather
Alexander McQueen 

4. New Balance 574+ Sneaker

New Balance really made a comeback. One customer in the reviews section said, “I would pay double for these shoes! They are so cute and I've already gotten so many compliments!! They go with everything and are so comfortable!” 

If you have flat feet, these also offer a lot of arch support. Be sure to check out these running shoes for flat feet that offer arch support.

new balance platform black and white sneaker
New Balance

5. New Balance 530 Sneakers

As you can tell by now, I love new balance sneaekrs! They are extremely comfortable while looking stylish and trendy. Comes in three colors. One customer reviewed these and said, “The platform is perfect for short girls.”

beige white platform sneaker women
Urban Outfitters

6. Veja Venturi Sneaker

Ugh, these are so cute. And the color weirdly matches with everything - denim, white, black, you name it. These are hard to get your hands on, so if you can find your size in stock get them! If you love designer shoes, check out these women's designer snow boots for your next winter trip!

beige sneaker with platform sole

7. On Cloud Cloudnova Sneaker

I am on my second pair of these so you know they are short girl approved. They're nice enough where you can wear them out to lunch and not feel weird about wearing running shoes. But also comfortable enough where you can walk miles in them. These are the perfect “europe sneakers” for walking around and exploring the city.

women cloudnova on cloud sneaker

8. New Balance 9060 Womens Platform Sneaker

Another great New Balance find - i like these because they have platform, but not too much platform where it looks weird. They also will match with any outfit you throw on. Makes creating an outfit one step easier. We'd pair it with black leggings and sporta bra for a monochromatic look!

black flare leggings with booties and white blouse
New Balance


Naked Wolfe became popular after Kourtney Kardashian wore the infamous platform knee high boots. They recently just came out with these platform sneakers and we are obsessed. It also comes in a white color too! These would be great to pair with black trousers or high waisted jeans and a bodysuit for a casual day out!

black platform sneaker for short girls
Nakd Wolfe

10. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Lift Platform

These sneakers are designed with a high sole made from ultra-comfy foam making you feel like your walking on clouds.Love the way this girl styled them. The sneakers also come in different colors! It also runs large FYI. Pair this with flared denim jeans and a button down for a casual day out. This would pair nicely with a mini dress and cardigan!

white chuck converse platform womens sneaker

11. Nike TC 7900

So many celebs wear these and for good reason. They pair nicely with so many outfits. The platform on these are also great. Get 20% off your first order!

beige nike platform sneaker

12. Reebok Women's Club C Extra Sneaker

These are from Amazon and 50+ bought in the past month. They are also part of the Amazon choice list! One customer left a review and said, “These are a cream colored shoe that is all leather so easy to keep clean. I love the extra height with the platform and they were a bit stiff day one, but much more comfortable day 2! I am usually a 7.5-8 and I went with the 7.5. At first I thought they were too small but after wearing they are breaking in and more comfortable. Probably could get an 8 and it would be fine too!” 

women wearing white and green platform sneaker

13. Canada Goose Glacier Trail Sneaker

Canada Goose makes sneakers now? I am here for it.Comes in white and orange too.

light brown/tan platform sneaker womens
Canada Goose

14. On Cloud Cloudnova Sneaker

These are trending sneakers on Revolve and for good reason. I have the black and white pair and can't get enough of these. Super comfortable for an everyday walk and looks good with anything. It adds the perfect height too for someone who is 5'2 

black platform sneaker with white sole on cloud

15. Hoka Bondi 8

I first got these about 2 years ago and I still wear them to this day. By far the most comfortable walking/running shoes I own. Def worth the price tag.

white and green platform shoes women

16. Dolce Vita Dolen Sneakers

These are a best-seller for a reason. They come in so many different colors and prints too. A customer said, “the most comfortable and stylish sneaker I own, I recommend sizing up for the perfect fit!”

women wearing beige platform sneaker on couch
Dolce Vita


Alo makes shoes now? You already know they're going to be good asf.

alo yoga white sneaker women
Alo Yoga

18. CLAE Edson Vegan Runner Sneakers For Short Women

The White Company is honestly underrated! These platform sneakers can pair with almost anything - blue denim jeans, white jeans, skirts, leggings, and even joggers! Pair these sneakers with one of these designer headbands.

women wearing black and white platform sneaker with skirt
The White Company

Different Types of Platform Sneakers

Believe it or not, there are several types of sneakers that suit short women based on the different features they offer. 

  1. Platform sneakers: the most obvious! These are an excellent choice for short women because they provide added height without compromising comfort. These sneakers have a thick sole that can vary in height, giving you a subtle boost in stature. They also come in various styles, from casual to sporty to fashionable.

  2. Elevated Insole Sneakers: some sneakers are designed with built-in elevated insoles, often referred to as "hidden heels" or "height increasing" sneakers. These shoes provide discreet extra height without an obvious platform sole, making them a great choice for those who want a more inconspicuous lift.

  3. High Top Sneakers: high-top sneakers can visually elongate your legs. They cover more of your ankle and create a streamlined look, making your legs appear longer. They are available in a wide range of styles, from classic canvas high-tops to fashion-forward options with added embellishments.

  4. Monochromatic Sneakers: choosing sneakers in a single color from sole to upper can create a seamless, uninterrupted line from your feet to your legs, giving the illusion of longer legs. Opting for neutral or skin-toned sneakers can be particularly effective in this regard.


And there you have it! The best sneakers for short women. It shouldn't be that difficult to find a good pair of sneakers for us shorties. Whether you want to spend the big bucks on designer sneakers, or $100 on a more affordable pair, there are endless options of both! We always reccommend pairing your platform sneakers with neutral colors to give off a more balanced and elongated illusion!

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