If you want to create a perfectly polished look, a new pair of high heels can complement any casual or formal outfit. The latest designs add a sophisticated touch to your ensemble for any occasion. When searching for new women's dress shoes for a wedding or girls' night out, consider these tips and types of high heels before making a decision.
Tips for Buying High Heels
Color and Sizing
Types of Heels
Kitten designs offer the appeal of a cute pair of shoes with short heels that are easy to walk in. These heels are usually less than 2 inches tall and can be found in the same designs as 5-inch stiletto heels.
Named after the stiletto dagger, these shoes feature tall thin heels that are notoriously sexy and give women elongated height and a slender look. Stiletto designs typically have heels that measure approximately a centimeter in diameter and are as tall as 10 inches.
Wedge heels have full heels that range from the front to the back of the shoe. These designs come in both open-toe sandals for warm temperatures and regular closed-toe styles for cold weather.
Cone & Prism Heels
Cone and prism heels, have thick tops and are thin toward the ground. Their heels come in round, triangular or prism shapes. Generally, cone designs are available in shorter styles, but there are no limits when it comes to high heels.
Types of High Heel Shoes
These shoes are characterized by backless slip-on designs and regained popularity in the 1950s thanks to Hollywood starlets like Marilyn Monroe. Often found with higher heels, some mules come in a flat styles as well.
Similar to stilettos, pumps normally come in closed toe or peep-toe styles. These designs are a classic style of high heels with closed backs.
Slingback heels have straps that go around the back of your ankle. These types of shoes come in peep toe, closed-toe or sandal designs.
Platform shoes come in a wide variety of designs, from peep toes to split toes. The defining characteristic features a platform where the ball of your foot is or throughout the entire sole of the shoes, which gives you more height.
Sandal heels are the perfect way to show off your pretty pedicure, and they're ideal for any summer event. Often available in stiletto heels or wedge styles, sandals expose most of your feet and generally feature straps and open-toe designs.