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Types Of Shoes For Women

Updated on December 24, 2011

Shoes are an integral part of your over all personality, the shoes you choose to wear and the way you maintain them creates great impression on others. So people should give special attention to their footwear as much as they give to buying their clothes.

Especially for women, shoes have to really match the dressing and the occasion they are worn on. That is why there are of many different types of women's shoes which come in various shapes, colors and sizes.

So women should make a sensible choice for their feet keeping in view the current trend, dress requirements, the occasion and of course comfortableness as ladies should never compromise the on the delicacy of their feet.

Broadly we can say that women shoes are of two types:

  • Heels
  • Flats

Heels
Heels | Source
Typical Flats
Typical Flats | Source
Heeled pumps, also called 'court shoes'
Heeled pumps, also called 'court shoes'

Heels

Heels are those shoes which are elevated from the back and lift the foot above from the ground. Heels can be of different types and height. Many different types of shoes come under this category.

Flats

Flats can be any shoes which do not have heels and which do not elevate the foot from the ground.

Many of the shoes fall strictly under the above two mentioned categories while some can be common among the both.

Pumps

Pumps are a type of shoes which cover the foot from the front, back and both sides leaving the top open. Pumps can be flat or can have heels. The flat pumps can be made of micro fiber, leather or a thick cloth. They come in different colors and designs and there can be infinite variations made on them.

A common type of flat pumps is ballerina shoes which are very fine and extremely flat pumps used by ballet dancers. Flat pumps are very comfortable shoes to wear and go along almost every type of clothing.

Pumps with heels also vary. Some pumps have small square heels around 2-3 inches high while some have high pencil heels. Common types of heel pumps are the stilettos which have a very high heel and usually have an ankle strap.

Sandals
Sandals | Source

Sandals

Sandals are flat or slightly elevated, casual or formal shoes for women which are open and cover only a part of the upper foot. The sandals leave the toes and the sides open. Common types of sandals are flip-flops, gladiator sandals and Birkenstock sandals.

The flip flops are the most casual and commonly used sandals. They go best with simple jeans, shorts and skirts. Gladiators are special sandals in which the sides and top of the shoes are open but it has straps in the back which go upwards towards the legs. These are formal sandals and look best with short dresses.

Wedges
Wedges | Source

Wedge Shoes

Wedge shoes are highly trendy and stylish heeled shoes in which there is no gap between the sole and the front and the entire foot from front to back is elevated. The sole is usually wooden and light brown in color while the top can have many variations.

Contrary to conventional heels in which only the sole is elevated from the back, lifting only the heel of the foot, wedge lifts the entire foot which makes them far more comfortable. There is also no chance of falling from wedges like there are in normal pointy heels. They are stable and stylish and can be of various sizes. They go best with all types of clothes.

Mule shoes
Mule shoes | Source

Mules

Mules are flat or heeled shoes in which the front part of the foot is covered while the back is left open. Mostly mules have pointed toes while some may have rounded or square toes.

Mules are simple shoes mostly made of leather. They are used for formal purposes mostly and go best with trousers or jeans. The heeled mules may have high or small soles.

D'Orsay pumps
D'Orsay pumps | Source

D’Orsay

D’Orsays are short heeled shoes in which the front of the foot is open and so is the back. They mostly have straps like flip flops or have a single strap which joins one end to the other passing from the fingers. The base of these shoes has pointed fronts while their sole is hardly 1-2 inches tall. These too are ideal for formal wear and go best with jeans and trousers. Common D’Orsay shoes are kitten shoes.

Female Boots
Female Boots | Source

Boots

Boots are the shoes which completely cover the entire foot including the top. Boots come in different varieties and can be heeled, wedged or flat. They may be short and reach at ankles while some boots are long and extend further up to the leg towards the knees or in some cases even the thigh.

Boots are mostly made of leather, suede or fabric. They may or may not have laces and they can be used for both formal and non formal purposes. Mostly boots are used during the winters. The best thing about boots is that they never have and never will go out of fashion like the above mentioned shoes which usually go in and out of fashion.

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