It won’t be wrong if we say that after diamonds, shoes are a woman’s best friends. With so much designs and patterns, there are endless options for every season. It is true that shoes are a very important part of any woman’s closet. If not for anyone else, at least for a woman. There are so many types amongst heels itself that that hardly a handful of us know as to what type of heel is what. Whether you need shoes for work, for casual wearing or for night fun, or any special occasion, heels work best with a wide selection of outfits. You can easily pair them up with your work outfit, skirts, denims, churidars or sarees.
If you want to know more about different types of heels and different types of shoes, scroll down. There are gazillions of types of shoes out there. Here we bring you some of the popular type of heels that we commonly see.
Kitten heels are usually short and slender. The heel height ranges between 1.5 inches to 1.75 inches with a slight curve setting the heel in from the edge of the shoe
Also known as simply high heels, pumps are usually wider and between 2 and 3 inches in height. They’re typically low cut around the front. Pumps are mostly worn with a suit or a uniform, but are also worn with formal and informal dresses, skirts, trousers, and jeans.
A stiletto heel is a long, thin, high heel found on some boots and shoes, usually for women. The Stiletto heels may measure 1 inch to 10 inches high or more if a platform sole is used. Stilettos, like all similar high-heeled shoes, give the optical illusion of a longer, slimmer leg, a smaller foot, and overall greater height.
Ankle Strap Heels
The height of the heel can vary, but the one common denominator is the strap that goes around the ankle, making the heels more secure and comfortable to walk in. Ankle strap heels are one of the hot favorites these days.
Wedges are shoes with a sole in the form of a wedge so that one piece of material, normally rubber, serves as both the sole and the heel. Wedge heels are flush just like a high heel would be, and there is no separation from the heel to the sole.
Wedge heels & sandals have the same type of heel. The only difference is that the wedge sandals have a more open, sandal upper. It could be straps , a cutout design or anything.
Like the usual wedge heel there is no separation from the heel to the sole. And similar to platform shoes, these heels have thick sole.
Cone heel shoes where the height of the heel may vary from low to high. What makes these heels special is the shape. Wider at the sole and narrower at the base, exactly like an ice cream cone.
Many people confuse between a slingback heel and an ankle strap. The basic difference between the two is that the ankle strap goes around your ankle whereas a sling back just goes around at the back of your ankle. The sling back heels gives more elegant look.
Platform heels too come in all sizes, i.e. from short to tall. The only thing that makes them different is the thickness of the sole i.e the part of the shoe under the sole is thicker. To qualify as a platform heel the sole must noticeably be thick.
A spool heel is a heel that is wide at the top and bottom and narrower in the middle, resembling a cotton reel. Spool heels are characterized by an hourglass shaped heel .i.e., thick at both ends and thin in the middle.
Peep Toe Heels
You can call it a teaser. Jokes apart, a peeptoe heels come in all shapes and sizes. All they need is for a pop of your colorful toenails to show to be a peep toe. In simpler words, there’s a small opening in front that shows your big toe & the finger adjacent to it.
Cork High Heels
These heels get their name from the material they are made of i.e. cork. They can vary in height and style, but the cork material makes for a softer, more cushioned step.
Any type of heels where the shoe cover comes up high over the top of your foot is a Mule. It can be a peep toe, open toe or all covered foot.
Ballroom Dance Shoes
Ballroom Dance shoes have a lot of foot support for you in the form of straps. They have an enclosed back & ankle support. Most of the ballroom dancing shoes do not have high heels. They’re low enough to be stable but high enough to provide a little vertical lift
Cut Out Heels
Cut out heels, as the name suggests, are where the foot cover or the upper portion of the shoe is cut out for effects. The heel may vary in size and style.
These heels resemble a traditional corset. Here, the sides of the shoe are tied together with a lace just as a corset would be.
One may confuse between a spool heel & a French heel. The main difference between the two is that the French heels are short but have some curve to the heel. When you look close, you can definitely mark the difference.
The Oxford heels have borrowed the look from men’s footwear style. The body of the oxford shoe is created to appear as a flawless portion of leather, with a second leather piece forming the toe-cap.
These type of heels have a wider base than the usual heels. Majority of chunky heels are square shaped and are short to medium high. The width of the heel doesn’t really differ from sole to base.
The name says it all. Think of a comma and you know how the heel will look like. It adds a fun element to your dressing style, isn’t it?
Espadrille is basically a flat shoe style where they have a fabric upper and a rubber or fiber sole. The Espadrille Heels are a mix of espadrille with heels. Here the shoes have a fabric upper with endless options of heel or wedge base.