25 types of High Heels

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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.

high heel sandals

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.

wedge sandals

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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.

kitten heels

4      Pumps

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.

pumps heels

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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.

wedge heels

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.

peep toe heel

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7      Stilettos

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).

stilettos

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.

platform heels

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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.

cork heels

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.

high heeled boots

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11     Ankle Booties

These are ankle length high heeled boots. This too not so much popular in India.

ankle booties

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.

ankle strap heels

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13     Cone Heels

Cone heels has, as the name implies, a cone as heel.

cone heels

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.

sling back heels

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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.

spool heels

16     Mules

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.

mule heels

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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!

cutout heels

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.

ballroom dance shoes

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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.

french heels

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.

corset heels

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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.

chunky heels

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!

comma heels

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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.

espadrille heels

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.

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25      Oxfords

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.

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