7 Varieties of High Heels
There are seven basic styles of high heels to choose between, which we have listed below.
Kitten: These heels debuted in the 1950s and are one of the most comfortable high heels (between 1.5 and 2 inches high) and have a slim base where it touches the ground. Kittens are commonly found on sandals and are a taller women’s preference as they do not add much to the wearer’s height while giving the appearance of having heels on.
Wedge: This heel runs the entire length of the shoe from the heel through the arch and up to the toe. The heel is the thickest section and typically gets thinner the closer to the front it gets. It is a comfortable shoe as the extended heel provides plenty of support.
Cone: This shoe has a heel shaped like an ice cream cone; broad at the shoe’s sole but much narrower towards the bottom. This heel comes in all sorts of heel heights and is fairly comfortable to wear.
Prism: This shoe is considered a variation on the wedge-heeled shoe, as it has a heel with three flat sides forming a triangle where they come into contact with the ground. This is not a very common style of heel nowadays.
Puppy: This thick square blocked heel is approximately 2 inches in height and about that distance around as well.
Spool/Louis: This is a heel that is broad at the shoe’s sole and also where it makes contact with the ground. It is narrower at the midpoint between the ends, resembling an hour glass shape.
Stiletto: A very popular tall, pencil-thin heel between 2 and 10 inches high with a thin base at the bottom making it one of the most difficult to walk in. Due to the height of the heels, the wearer’s legs look toned and sculpted and are the very picture of glamor.
More about Kitten heel:
A kitten heel is a short, slender heel, usually from 3.5 centimeters (1.5 inches) to 4.75 centimeters (1.75 inches) high with a slight curve setting the heel in from the edge of the shoe. The style was popularized by Audrey Hepburn.
Kitten heels, sometimes called short stilettos, are shoes with a tapered heel of approximately 1-3 inches height. They are on the shorter end of stiletto shoes, which can have heels as tall as 5 inches.
More about Wedge heels:
Wedge boots, wedgies or lifties are shoes and boots with a sole in the form of a wedge so that one piece of material, normally rubber, serves as both the sole and the heel. The design dates back to ancient Greece. Wedge boots are more common for women and often have a sole that is much thicker at the back than the front, making it a high-heel shoe or boot. Wedges for women were popularized by Salvatore Ferragamo who introduced the design to the Italian market in the late 1930s.
Men’s wedge boots,usually called “wedgies”, usually have a low heel. These wedged boots became popular during the 1970s.
Some forms of wedge boots, called platform boots, have thick soles throughout.
More about Stiletto heel:
A stiletto heel is a long, thin, high heel found on some boots and shoes, usually for women. It is named after the stiletto dagger, the phrase being first recorded in the early 1930s. Stiletto heels may vary in length from 2.5 centimetres (1 inch) to 25 cm (10 inches) or more if a platform sole is used, and are sometimes defined as having a diameter at the ground of less than 1 cm (slightly less than half an inch). Stiletto-style heels 5 cm or shorter are called kitten heels. Not all high slim heels merit the description stiletto. The extremely slender original Italian-style stiletto heels of the late 1950s and very early 1960s were no more than 5mm in diameter for much of their length, although the heel sometimes flared out a little at the top-piece (tip). After their demise in the mid-late 1960s, such slender heels were difficult to find until recently due to changes in the way heels were mass-produced. A real stiletto heel has a stem of solid steel or alloy. The more usual method of mass-producing high shoe heels, i.e. moulded plastic with an internal metal tube for reinforcement, does not achieve the true stiletto shape.