Types of Heels
If you've recently got into fashion, knowing your shoe definition is a useful skill, especially when it comes to high heeled shoes. So we've decided to create a list of types of heels a shoe generally comes with. Some of these might have gone out of style but with the cyclical fashion industry, we won't be surprised if they make a comeback soon!
Kitten heels are for those women who want immense comfort / fashion mix and maybe an inch of a lift. They're great for parties or work events where you don't need the extra height but will be on your feet for a while. The comfort that these heels provide is awesome.
Also known as simply high heels, pumps are lower than stilettos, usually wider and between 2 and 3 inches in height. They're typically low cut around the front. They are simple and no fuss heels, ideal for any occasion.
These are the highest heels you will find, reaching up to 8". You might have to work hard to master how to walk in stilettos, but once you do, there is no turning back. Stilettos can instill amazing confidence in you, but aren't fun to walk in, so wear them when you need to feel powerful in a situation where you don't move around too much.
Ankle Strap Heels
Ankle strap heels are very much in style right now. 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, similar to sling backs.
In wedges, the height is similar to that of stilettos or other high heeled alternatives. However, one chunk of material flows from the sole to the heel. The heel is everywhere, basically! There are two different types of wedge shoes: wedge heels & wedge sandals.
Wider at the sole of the foot and narrower at the base, cone heels form what you might expect: a cone. They look exactly like a delicious ice-cream cone. Heel length is usually small to medium.
Sling Back Heels
Unlike ankle strap heels, the sling back heel just has a strap that goes around the back of the Achilles heel. This provides a more elegant look while still achieving the function of stabilization. In other words, they are ideal if you want some stability in your high heels.
You can see platform heels from short to tall. The main thing that makes them platform is the part of the shoe under the sole is thicker. Many say this makes the higher heels more comfortable because there's less of a height differential between the back and front of the foot. It becomes easy to handle high heels with this construction and your feet hurt less.
Peep Toe Heels
Somewhat of a tease, peep toe 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! Peep toes come in various heel sizes and designs, with only one thing in common.
Cork High Heels
These heels simply refer to the cork material used to make them. They can vary in height and style, but the cork material makes for a softer, more cushioned step. Heel sizes may be tall or short.
High Heeled Boots
High heeled boots are classics in your shoe closet. They can reach up to your calves, knees or even thighs, adding an element of danger to any outfit. The heels are usually tall. These babies pair well under or over jeans or even with a skirt or dress.
Making their comeback within the last few years, they are like normal booties, but they end around your ankles. The heels are usually medium Ð about 2 Ð 3" and sometimes more. They are great for spring or fall days when a full boot is overkill.
Think of boot cut pants or a spool and you might get an idea about the shape of these heels. The heel looks like a marshmallow squeezed at the middle. If you think of a spool of thread, you may understand the concept of spool heels. The heel is thicker at the sole of the foot, narrow in the middle, and then comes back out at the base.
Mule heels are any type of heel that comes up high over the top of the foot. You could have an open or closed to mule; the height of the heel can vary. Mules were pretty big in the 90s, with their half open half closed top. Now, they are making a comeback again.
Similar to a mule style of heel or a bootie, the difference with a corset heel is that the two sides are tied together as a traditional corset would be. Corset heels bind your feet from both sides, complete with threads and everything. They are commonly referred to as strappy sandals.
Also known as Louis Heels or Pompador Heels, these are similar to spool heels wherein they are short but have some curve to the heel. Yes! These look like Spool heels with curves.
These aren't specific type of heels but refer to a group of heels that are chunkier at the base. The wide square base is more stable than stilettos. They're usually on the short to medium side, and provide more stability than traditional high heels or stilettos.
Think of the comma. Yes, we're referring to the punctuation mark. Now line that up with the heel of a shoe, and you have a comma heel! A comma heel is devil's footwear, whose tail can be out or in, depending on the style, in these low heels.
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