No heel is equal, indeed—and there’s an overwhelming number of different kinds of heels for women alone. We’re talking about heels with their appropriate names—yes, beyond high heels, mid-heels and low-heels. We know how confusing it can be on the onset, but trust us—it’s a lot easier once each heel gets defined. We listed 15 types of heels for your reference, along with the hottest ones to update your closet with!
Pumps are probably the high heels you have in mind. It has that iconic high heel silhouette, and is often around 2 to 3 inches in height, with a low vamp (cut on the front) that often helps elongate the legs.
Stilettos are probably the other high heels that pop in your mind at the mention of the word, but unlike pumps, these rocket to the sky with their heel height, which is at least 4 inches and above, with the heels often being pencil-thin.
Platforms are the type of high heels with height added to the front of the shoe so as to reduce the height difference between the heel and the toe of the shoe, thus making the heels more comfortable to walk in.
Talk about really comfortable. A wedge heel covers the entire sole or underside of the shoe. So the whole “heel” is essentially triangular in figure, with no gap between the toe and the heel as in most shoes.
5) Kitten Heels
Kitten heels are the shoes to choose when you need the extra elevation but can’t do with your feet hurting all day. They’re typically low, with a wide top that narrows down as the heel hits the floor. They come in the same range of designs as other heels.
6) Cone Heels
Cone heels do not fall far away from the shape of a cone—it’s exactly the figure that the heel of these shoes take after.
7) Spool heels
Just like cone heels, spool heels (yes, there’s such a thing!) are a type of heel that have a wide top and bottom, but curves inward in the middle. They’re typically low heels, just like kitten heels, but you can find some that are the height of a standard pump.
8) Chunky heels
Chunky heels, or block heels, are trending this spring and summer 2016, so hot designs of this shoe are everywhere right now! As the name implies, this type of heels for women have a thick, block-like built, so it’s a lot more stable and comfortable to walk in.
T-strap heels are not the type of heel, but the design of the straps over the foot, which—it doesn’t get more obvious than this—is shaped like a T, often with a narrow ankle strap running over the foot and wrapping around the ankle.
Valentino Rockstud Metallic Leather Pumps
10) Ankle strap
Ankle-strap heels are simply heels with a strap—narrow or thick—around the ankles, which give added support and security to the feet. These shoes can come in the form of sandals, pumps, or even block heels—they’re a pretty versatile type of shoe!
11) Peep-toe heels
Peep-toe heels are definitively a type of shoe where the front part of the shoe is cut out so that the toes are exposed. They’re a type of toe more—just like a pointed toe and a round toe—than they are a type of heel. But the unique peep-toe finish gives the shoes a very chic, distinguished look.
Badgley Mischka “Accent” Peep-toe heels
Sometimes in 2012, the heelless shoes catapulted into the trending shoes of the season and made headlines bearing the statement, “Would You Wear It?” Essentially, the heel of this shoe disappears from under the heel of the foot and you would find, instead, a very thick platform running towards the toe of the shoe. There’s often a curved look to the “heel” so as to create a wider bottom.
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13) Heeled boots
Sometimes pumps are no good for the wintry months. So if you need extra height and more coverage, boots with heels are your go-to.
Isabel Marant Danae velvet ankle boots
Mules are the “it” shoe for spring, perhaps because of the transitional look it brings. The vamp is much higher on mules than they are on pumps, which means to say that most of your feet are covered, but only just.
Givenchy Black Mules
15) Slingback heels
Slingback heels are very stylish. If the straps in an ankle-strap shoe surround the whole ankle, slingback heels cover the back part of the ankle, so that the feet can easily slide in but still have that extra support from the back strap.
Vince Camuto “Barlowe” Slingback Pump