I am also 5'6", ; inseam on pants needs to be between 34-36. Since high school, which is eons ago and womens pants were even shorter than now, I have bought mens jeans and slacks since they do come in lengths. I always have to alter the waist of women's pants, what does it matter to me if I have to make a few alterations to the mens pants. They are much easier than womens to alter because they are made to alter. If you find shopping in mens clothing acceptable, when it comes to needing slacks, you may have to learn where cute slacks of the styles you like are sold.