High heels types

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High heels types
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What are the most popular high heels types? That is actually a million dollar question of sorts. The reason for that are that there as many types of high heels as there are such shoes because there are lots and lots of various designs.

But of course there are some more popular high heels types than others. We’ve tried to put together a list of the ones that are more widely used.

Keep in mind though that fashion is an art and art can’t be confied to a specific category entirely. Categories can be sort of a waypoint.

Kitten high heels

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These are the lowest types of high heels available. Their height is usually 3 – 5 cm or about 2 to 3 inches. They are best suited for beginners and casual wear, work and when you’re going to be all day on your feet but still want to look elegant.

There is also an alternate version called puppy heels. They also feature low heels but they are with a square block heel.

Pumps or classic high heels

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These are the classic high heels that people think of when they hear the word. Ideal for countless occasions you can’t go wrong with them. Their typical heel hight is 5 to 12 cm or from 3 to about 5 inches. As they are the most popular, they have lots of different designs.

Wedge heels

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Wedge heels are taking cues from the old days. Chances are some of the very first high shoes in history were with similar shapes. Today they have all kinds of desings incorporating wedges in heels, sandals, boots and etc. You name it, it has a wedge version with all kinds of heights.

Cone high heels

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Cone heels are another classic. They feature a wider top and a narrower bottom of the heel. They can also be found in various heights, shapes and sizes, but you get the idea, the heel will have a sort of cone shape.

Spool high heels

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Also a relatively popular design. They feature heels that are wide at the top and the bottom, but relativel narrow in the middle. The wideness can vary as well as the height. Also found in platorms, boots.

Stiletto high heels

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Also one of the most popular high heels types. They can be found in all sizes and designs including platforms, sandals, boots and etc. Usually are associated with the more sexy and provocative look that oozes confidence. The heel is always thin and sharp and requiring some skill and training to be able to walk properly.

Coma heels

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A variation of stilletos but instead of a thin straiht heel coma heels use a thin curved heel. They are most popular for club shoes and sandals.

Platform heels

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Can have all the high heel types from above but always feature a platform for the toes thus making the entire shoes taller but easier on the ankles.


High heel boots

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Boots are a whole separate category with many high heels types. Generally they offer everything you’ve seen above but in an even wider variety with thigh high boots, knee high, over the knee boots, ankle booties and so on.

These are some of the basic high heels types. Do you know more? Or some that should be here but aren’t? What are your favorite? Hit us up in the comments.

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