Regardless of what Marilyn Monroe said; heels are a woman’s best friend! The right kind of shoe can boost your confidence, transform your look and make heads turn as soon as you enter the room. The only question is: which ones are best for you? When it comes to heels, the shopping aisles are broader than one might think. Whether you’re after extravagant stilettos, elegant pumps, or stylish boots, you can be sure the word of fashion will have you covered. When choosing your next pair of shoes, these are the different types of heels you should know.
Most of us can probably only differentiate between two or three different types of heels. However, there are in fact, a great number more. Without realizing it, most of them have probably crossed your path already. To get your fashion A-B-C up to speed, we have listed the most common types of heels below:
Block heels don’t just look super stylish, but a solid heel also tends to distribute your body’s weight differently, compared to thinner heels. Thus, they take a little pressure off the front of your foot, which results in a more comfortable stand.
The Cuban heel is taking a cue from the boys. They are typically short to medium in height and found on ankle boots, Oxfords, loafers, and other closed shoes. While the heel is very solid in appearance, it can feature a slight taper from top to bottom.
Is there anything more dreamy than a beautifully decorated heel? It’s amazing what happens when shoe designers let their imagination run wild. If only we could wear pretty little things like this every day of the week.
Just like flared jeans, this heel gained popularity during our favourite flower power period, the ’70s. Flared heels are characterized by a slimmer base that gradually widens towards the bottom.
French heel :
The French heel, also known as the Louis heel or pompadour heel, is a variation of the spool heel. Just like the latter, the French heel features a wide top, a thin middle, and a rapidly curved bottom part. Furthermore, they are typically on the shorter side.
This fashionable heel is, as the name reveals, shaped like a comma. Its unusual crescent form is a fashionable statement and it is incredibly eye-catching.
Kitten heels are great if you’re uncomfortable walking in higher heels, or if you’re on the taller side but don’t want to abstain from wearing pretty heels because of it. This type of heel is typically thin and always below three inches.
Medium heels have the perfect office and everyday height. They are between three and four inches tall, which makes them ideal work shoes as they improve your posture without putting too much strain on the balls of your feet.
Slim heel :
Slim heels are a sexy pick for a night on the town or a dressy occasion. The thin, tall heel adds visual length to your legs and some spring to your step
This decorative type of heel originates from Europe during the Baroque and Rococo periods. Its hourglass shape resembles the spool of an old spinning machine, which is where this heel got its name.
Square heels, similar to the block heels, are typically on the thicker side and rectangular in shape. This style looks extra chic in combination with a pointy pair of pumps but is also often found on booties and other shoe models.
Very high heels:
Very high heels can reach heights of up to eight inches or more. Really, the sky is the limit. These shoes are usually equipped with a platform in the front in order not to overstretch the foot and make the walking experience more comfortable.
High heels can be “relatively’ comfortable, but you need to get used to them. If you only wear flats or joggers, you’re going to have to build up some stamina. Heels change the way you walk, how you stand, and the shape of your foot. Choose styles with extra padding or a platform under the ball of the foot and thicker heels to help keep you balanced. Straps can also add comfort and stability, and always wear your shoes in to avoid nasty blisters.