Shoes are a woman’s best friend, right? They’re a crucial detail of every outfit, bringing all of the pieces together and wrapping them up in a nice bow. Wearing your favourite heels can undeniably make a fashionable statement, one that oozes femininity and elegance. And there’s certainly nothing more empowering than a woman that’s comfortable in her skin.
But as much as we love comfort, finding shoes that don’t kill your feet is a true ordeal. It happens all too often – some heels might feel nice when you first try them on but after a few hours the blisters start to creep up on you and you’re left wondering where it all went wrong. It’s a real struggle but luckily, you have a wide range of options to choose from.
What Are the Different Types of Women’s Heels?
Here’s the thing – I’ve always had the feeling that there isn’t a finite number of heel types. Stores always seem to pop up with new designs that it’s hard to keep up with. Luckily, I can always fall back on a few classic models that never fail to deliver.
Ever since they were first introduced in the 1950s, stilettos have made their way through the fashion scene, easily becoming a trademark piece in every woman’s wardrobe. It doesn’t matter if you prefer the refined nude stiletto heels or their edgy black counterpart, both of those models have become associated with fierce femininity and seduction.
Their most notable feature is definitely the signature thin heel that somehow manages to get even thinner as it goes down towards the floor. Due to this particular feature, they might be a bit more difficult to walk in at first but once you get the hang of it, there’s no going back and your confidence becomes as strong as ever.
Forget all about those heavy and chunky heels that are constantly weighing you down. Stilettos are incredibly lightweight and they don’t feel like they weigh a ton. Really though, can you imagine going to an office party or any random cocktail get-together without a pair of black or nude stiletto heels? Putting on the most striking dress just to pair it with the wrong shoes? Couldn’t be you. That’s a big no-no.
Since stilettos can be worn to virtually any type of event, they’re inherently the most versatile type of heel there is. Don’t you just love that? You won’t have to buy extra pairs just because you’re going to a different gathering. Just put on your trusty black or nude stiletto combination and you’ll be ready to take on the world.
If you’re looking for something on the lower side that’s just as stunning and sophisticated, then pumps are your new best friend. Their heel isn’t too high or narrow, which means they’re the perfect shoes for beginners and those who struggle walking around in high-heeled models.
Pumps usually have a low cut front and wide heel tips, which makes them quite comfortable to wear. They take on formal undertones when combined with a suit but they appear casual when paired with skirts or even jeans. You just have to love that diversity, wouldn’t you say?
Those of you that want even more stability on your feet will find block heels to be the ideal choice. Featuring a sizeable square-shaped heel of varying heights, this particular model is a practical solution for your everyday outfits. They’re generally easier to walk in thanks to the even weight distribution.
Some models even feature adjustable straps that allow you to fully customise the look and feel of your shoes. Plus, there’s just something so appealing about their hippie vibe that makes them hard to resist.
These are quite similar to block heels, with the only difference being the drastically raised sole. The heel is pretty tall but even that height becomes insignificant since the sole is elevated to about the same level. It’s worth noting that platform heels are actually easier to navigate than they appear. Yes, they’re huge and yes, they’re heavier than other models but the raised platform compensates for the intimidating build.
This next one has an open back with a strap that wraps all the way around your ankle. The straps can be adjusted via a buckle or held in place with an elastic band. Either way, it’s clear that slingback heels give you full mobility and accessibility, especially if you have wider ankles or shorter legs. Moreover, their open design allows the air to flow freely, which is an extra bonus on hot summer days.
Rounding off the list with shoes that are basically a heeled version of slippers, it’s time to take a closer look at mules. Just like slingback heels, they have an opening at the back, coupled with a stiletto-like heel of medium height. As you’ve likely already guessed, mules are more suitable for laid-back gatherings rather than formal ones due to their open design and casual appearance.
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Living in a tiny home with her not so tiny family, Kate considers multitasking to be her power as a caring supermum and wife. Whenever she's not in curled up in her writer's corner, covering various topics on kids and baby stuff, health, education, knowledge, entertainment or interior decor, you'd find her enjoying some quality time with loved ones, both indoors and out, sharing different experiences together; what better way to chase a writer's block away, right?!