TYPES OF HEELS: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE
Fashion trends come and go faster than the changing of seasons, but there a few things every woman should always keep in her closet, one of them being a pair of heels. Interestingly, the origin of high heels can be traced back to the 15th century, made to be worn by soldiers, and later by male aristocrats to appear taller and more formidable. Throughout the decades the heel has been a popular shoe amongst many societies and has thus always remained in trend. Whatever your fashion sense there is a heel type that suits every woman’s unique style, from the classic stiletto to the sophisticated peep toe, there is something for everyone! Whether you’re styling your look for the office, or an evening out, transform your look with the perfect pair of heels. Take a look at the latest collection of heels currently on trend and how to wear them.
The Block Heel
Anyone with zero experience in high heels can walk in blocks without much effort or strain. Otherwise known as the queen of comfort, the sole of the block heels distributes the body weight firmly, causing little or no discomfort. The block heel works great with skinny jeans, casual skirts, and various dress silhouettes.
The Peep Toe
The peep toe heels come in all shapes and sizes and offers your feet some breathing room. With an opening in the front of the shoe, the peep toe allows some exposure to your toes whilst still maintaining your elegant look. All they need is for a pop of your colourful toenails to show to be a peep toe! Peep toes are incredibly versatile and work well with everything from skinny jeans to evening gowns
Wedge HeelsThere are two different types of wedge shoes: wedge heels and wedge sandals. Wedge heels are flush just like a high heel would be, and there is no separation from the heel to the sole. While they have the same type of heel as a wedge heel, wedge sandals have a more open, sandal upper. The Wedge heel is a summer favourite and looks great paired with a maxi dress or skirt.
The higtest of all the high heels, the stiletto. This heel is a classic that is always in fashion. Although heel heights can reach up to 8 inches the stiletto offers an elongated look oozing femininity. This signature heel can be the perfect complement to cocktail attire, leggings or under a full-length dress.
Sling Back Heels
Unlike ankle strap heels, the sling back heel just has a strap that goes around the back of the which helps secure the foot inside the shoe. Slingback heels keep the bridge of the foot bare. This provides a more elegant look while still achieving the function of stabilization. Sling backs are a staple in office attire, pair with tailored fit trousers for a sophisticated look.
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. This heel is super versatile, and ca be worn with jeans, trousers, dresses skirts and the like whilst still maintaining a feminine look.
Ankle Strap Heels
Ankle strap heels are a moderate to high heeled shoe, featuring a strap that goes around the ankle, making the heels more secure and comfortable to walk in. Wear strap heels to elongate your legs in jeans and elevate a casual look.
This is the general term for any heel with a wider base that is typically square. They're usually on the short to medium side and provide more stability than traditional high heels or stilettos. They easily complement a pair of jeans for a casual look or can offer an elegant look under an align evening dress.
The kitten heel is a low impact short stiletto heel that pair well with anything from office attire to denim jeans. The short heel makes them a far more practical (and for some, comfortable) option compared to other heel types, but are still able to dress up a look just a s a classic pump would. The low-heeled style looks great when paired with a pencil skirt or a pair of jeans.
Mules are a slip-on shoe available in various textures and a range of heights. The shoe is backless and pairs best with summer dresses, midi skirts and day to night looks.
So there you have it, whatever your style there is a heel ready to take home in your shoe closet. Whether you are new to wearing heels or are looking for the right fit and comfort, there is a range of heel styles in varying heel height and width that can match your footwear needs. Not sure which heel suits your style? Get inspiration from our style tips to help create the perfect heel look for you.
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