It is virtually impossible not to have at least one pair of high heels in a woman’s shoe collection, especially when there are compelling reasons to wear heels. When you go for shopping for high heels, it is very important to buy ‘foot-friendly’ heels, and that too with your ideal heel height or less.
Apart from knowing how to walk properly in high heels, knowing what are the different types of heels available in the market, helps to have a good time wearing your stylish high heels.
25 types of high heels are listed below. Some of them may be out of fashion at this point, but as you know fashion is cyclical.
1 High Heel Sandals
A high heel sandal is anything that has any of the heel types listed here (high, stiletto, kitten), with varying heights, but with a sandal upper. In India heeled sandals are preferred to covered high heel shoes.
2 Wedge Sandals
There are two different types of wedge shoes: wedge heels and wedge sandals. Wedge sandals have a more open, with sandal upper with the heel shape looking like a wedge. Probably this is the most comfortable and widely used high heels in India. Wedge heels are described later in the post.
3 Kitten Heels
Kitten heels are well known for the comfort / fashion mix. They’re great for parties or work events where you don’t need the extra height but will be on your feet for awhile. Really comfortable and yet very stylish.
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. India these are not widely used, except as formals.
Also read: How to choose formal high heels
5 Wedge Heels
Wedge heels are flush just like a high heel would be, and there is no separation from the heel to the sole.
6 Peep Toe Heels
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! It is more suitable for Indian weather than pump shoes.
The highest of all the high heels, stilettos can reach up to 8 inches of heel height. While these heights can cause problems walking for many wearers, it’s a worthy skill for the lengthening effect they have on one’s legs. Many stilettos are also platforms due to the height (refer below for platforms).
8 Platform Heels
You can see platform heels with different heel heights. The main thing that makes them platform is the part of the shoe under the sole is thicker, or has a platform. This makes the higher heels more comfortable because there is less of a height differential between the back and front of the foot. But these heels may be less flexible.
Also read: Why wearing flat shoes can damage your feet
9 Cork High Heels
These heels refer to the cork material used to make them. The cork material makes for a softer, more cushioned step. These are not so much popular in India.
10 High Heeled Boots
This type of shoes are no much popular in India due to the weather. These are suitable mostly in extreme cold climates.
11 Ankle Booties
These are ankle length high heeled boots. This too not so much popular in India.
12 Ankle Strap Heels
These are very stylish heels. The height of the heel can vary, but the striking feature is the strap that goes around the ankle, making the heels more secure and comfortable to walk in.
13 Cone Heels
Cone heels has, as the name implies, a cone as heel.
14 Sling Back Heels
This is different from ankle strap heels and the sling back heel just has a strap that goes around the back of the heel. This provides a more elegant look and at the same time achieving the function of stabilization.
15 Spool Heels
You may understand the concept of spool heels, if you think of a spool of thread. The heel is thicker at the sole of the foot, narrow in the middle, and then comes back out at the base, like a spool.
Mule heels are type of heel that has shoe upper high over the top of the foot. You could have an open or closed toe mule; the height of the heel can be different. This type of heels are more stable and easy to walk even when the heel height is 4 inches or more.
Also read: How to walk properly in high heels
17 Cut Out Heels
Cut out heels are type of heel that has a portion of the shoe upper cut out for special effect. It will attract immediate attention the moment you walk into a function!
18 Ballroom Dance Shoes
Strappy shoes that in general have an enclosed back and ankle strap. They are low enough to be stable but high enough to provide a little vertical lift.
Also read: How to measure your ‘natural’ heel height
19 French Heels
These are similar to spool heels. They are also known as Louis Heels or Pompador Heels and are short but have some curve to the heel.
20 Corset Heels
Similar to a mule style of high heel or a bootie, the difference with a corset heel is that the two sides are tied together like a corset.
Also read: 5 compelling reasons to wear High Heels
21 Chunky Heels
This is a term for any heel with a wider base that is typically square. They are usually on the short to medium side, and provide more stability than conventional high heels or stilettos.
22 Comma Heels
Think of the comma. Yes, the punctuation mark. Now line that up with the heel of a shoe, and you have got the comma heel!
23 Espadrille Heels
Espadrille high heel shoes have a fabric upper and a plaited fiber sole. Espadrille heels are a take on this traditional flat, and can have a pointed heel or wedge base.
24 Fantasy Heels
There are some crazy designs out there. There are so many types of heels you could never think of, and yet they do exist. They all comes in this category.
The conventional Oxford has academy look with a flat heel. But the new heel is still flat at the base, but with more height than a conventional one.