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Types of Heels

49 Different types of Heels (Heels Names with Pictures)


With so many different kinds of heels and types of heels names, it can be difficult to get your head around it and find the perfect heel for your need or fashion style. But don’t worry, in this article you will learn everything you need to know about the different types of heels and types of women’s heels. And to make it easier to assimilate, we combined each types of heels names with pictures.  And to guide you in your shopping selection, we will add some fashion tips and dancer tips for each different heel styles and heels types. We got you sorted, wether you are looking for everyday shoes, formal footwear or dancing shoes.

Note: All our dance shoes and dance boots are customisable. You can pick any type of heels on all our dance shoes and dance boots and we will make them for you from scratch at no additional cost.

Note 2: If you are not a dancer and are just looking for regular shoes, we also customise the type of sole. Add a rubber sole for free and use your new heels for everyday use (work settings, formal events, socialising, etc), while enjoying a much more comfortable and supportive heels.

Note 3: We wrote a guide on heels for dance specifically for dancers.

Table of Contents

different types of heels

Block Heel

Block heel sandals
Block Heels

Definition: A block heel is a thick, sturdy and comfortable heel with a square, chunky shape, providing stability and support. Note that the form of this types of heels can vary!

Other names for block heel: chunky heels, chunky heel, shoes with chunky heels, blocky heels, blocked heeled shoes or chunky-heel shoes, wide women’s heels, womens chunky heels.

Occasion: Everyday use heel for office work, formal events, social settings or to go dancing.

Advantage: Block heels offer the most comfort. Shoes with a block heel provide a less feminine look, but a much more stable heel.

Fashion Tip: Trends for summer 2023 are animal prints, bold colors, and textured materials on block heels.

Casual Outfits: Block heels can dress up a casual outfit without being too formal. Try pairing them with skinny jeans or cropped pants, a cute blouse or t-shirt, and a blazer or denim jacket.

Types of Block heels that are trending in 2023 are the following.

Sandals Block heels, Pumps block heels, Block Heeled boots (also called Block heel boots), Block heel kitten heels, Brown chunky heels, Black Chunky Heel (also called black chunk heel), Rhinestones chunky heels, 90s heels chunky heels shoes

Dancer Tip: Who are Block heels for?

  • Beginners
  • Beginners Latin Dancers
  • Beginners Ballroom Dancers
  • Beginners Heels dancers

After over 15 years teaching and advising students on what shoes to wear for beginners, I believe block heels and cuban heels are the best types of heels to start with. And if you are confident walking in heels in general, you could try a 6 or 7cm flared heel shoes.

Square Heels

Square Heel
Square Heel

Definition: A square heel features a solid, flat base with sharp corners, offering a modern and edgy style.

Occasion: It’s another kinds of heels, similar to block heels, usually with a lower heel. This types of heels are perfect for everyday wear, casual outfits, formal settings, work settings.

Different Names for square heel: Thick heeled shoes – nude square heels.

Note: Square heels are different than square toe heels. Square toe heels refers to a square toe shape at the end of the shoes. While square heel refer to the shape of the heel.

Fashion Tip: Square heels shoes are popular for women looking for a chic look and minimalist design.

Block Heels Vs Square Heels: Block heels have a heel shape that resemble to a block. In the other hand, square heels are rectangular in shape.

Advantage: Block heels and Square heels are the easiest heels to walk in for beginners and the most comfortable types of heels.

Dancer Tip: Square heels are perfect for beginner dancers.


Wedge Heel
Wedge Heels

Definition: Wedges heels are shoes that have a heel that runs along the entire length of the foot, creating a wedge-shaped sole.

Occasion: Wedges types of heels are usually made of cork, raffia, or other materials that give them a summery vibe.

Types of Wedge heels: Wedges heels can be found on sandals, mules, or boots, and they offer more stability and comfort than thinner heels.

Other names for Wedges heel: wedge heel, womens wedge heels, heel wedges, wedge heels for women, women’s wedge heels, wedged heels,

Block Heels VS Wedges Heels: Wedge heels are associated to thick heels category. The difference between block heels and wedges heels is that those thick heel run along the entire foot length, while block heels are specifically located under the heel. 

“If you are looking for a perfect summery look, wedge heels are the types of heel you need!” Said Jennai, our stylist! 

Fashion Tip: If you opt for a billowy top or a maxi dress, pairing it with wedge heels can add height and create a more proportionate and flattering silhouette.

Types and styles of wedges heels shoes that are trending in 2023 are the following one. Black wedge heels, clear wedge heels, Wide heel shoes, wedge heel sandals, white wedge heels, high heels wedges, wedge heel boots, closed toe wedge heels, nude wedge heels and platform wedge heels.

Cone Heels

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Cone Heel Shoes

Another womens heel types is cone heels (Sing. Cone heel).

Definition: A cone heel is a distinctive tapered heel in form of a cone that narrows towards the bottom, creating an elegant and fashionable look. The cone is always thicker toward the sole and thinner towards the floor.

Cone Heel Names: Cone heels are also called Tapered heels, Wedge heels (when the cone shape is more gradual), Truncated heels, Conical heels, Flared heels (if the cone widens towards the bottom), Pyramid heels (when the cone has a square or slightly flat top), cone heels shoes, cone heeled shoes.

Very popular types of heels for classy work setting.

Fashion Tip

Office Wear: Cone heels can be a great choice for the workplace. Pair them with tailored pants, a pencil skirt, or a midi dress to create a polished and professional look

Skinny Jeans or Leggings: Cone heels can elevate a casual outfit when worn with skinny jeans or leggings. Add a stylish top or a blouse to complete the look.

Casual Chic: For a relaxed yet stylish outfit, wear cone heels with a casual dress, such as a shirt dress, tunic dress, or shift dress. This combination strikes a balance between comfort and fashion.

There is different types of cone heeled shoes. Cone heel sandals, cone heel pumps, cone heel ankle boots (also called cone heel bootie or cone shaped heel boots), cone heel mules, cone heel knee high boots, cone heel over the knee boots, cone heel slouch boots.

Flare Heels

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Flared Heel

Definition: Flare heel shoes feature an outwardly flared heel design, thicket at the bottom and close to the shoe, and thinner in the middle, adding a stylish twist to classic footwear.

Names & Types of flare heels: Flare heel, flared Heel, flared heel shoes, flared heel boots, flared heel pump, flared heel sandals.

Shop flare heel shoes.

Fashion Tip: Combine flare jeans and heels flared for a more casual look.

Occasions: Parties and Night Out, Special Events and Occasions, Fashion Events and Shows, Dinner Dates, Photo Shoots or Fashion Shoots, Trendy Social Gatherings or partner dancing and social dancing.

Dancer Tip: In the different types of heels for ladies, flared heels are the most popular, comfortable and stable heel for latin dancers and ballroom dancers. It is also one of the best compromise between a chunky heel to a less stable stiletto heel.

“Beginners should start with a 6 to 7 centimetres flare heel height or a three inch heels (3 inch heels is about 7.62 centimetres). “ recommended Deborah teaching salsa at Dance Classes Gold Coast.

Mary Jane Heels

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Mary Jane Shoes Heels

Definition: A Mary Jane heel is a classic shoe style with a rounded toe, thin strap, and sturdy heel, combining timeless charm with comfort.

Mary Jane Heel Names: Mary Janes heels are also called Mary Jane shoes heels, heeled Mary Janes, Mary Jane heel or block heel Mary Jane.

Shop Marry Jane Heels types of heels.

Dancer Tip: This is another perfect type of heels for beginners. They often have a wide heel and some short chunky heel.

Cuban Heels

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Cuban Heel Shoes

Definition: Cuban heels, also called cuban heel shoes are Another type of heels with thick heel. Cuban heels can be worn by men and women.

Advantages: Cuban heels are the preferred option for heels that are easy to walk in.

Shop Cuban Heel Dance Shoes types of heels.

Types of cuban heels: mens cuban heels (or cuban heels man), women cuban heel, cuban heel boots (cuban heel boots men, cuban heel boots mens, cuban heel boot women)

Dancers Tips: Low cuban heels are recommended for men and women that are just beginning their dance journey.

Stiletto heels

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Stilettos heels

Definition: Stiletto heels are characterized by their thin, tall, and pointed design, exuding elegance and allure. There is two types of stiletto heels. Straight stiletto heels and Slim flare stiletto heel.

Occasion: One of the most elegant, stylish and sexy heel style and type of heel shoe. Out of all the types of womens heels, stiletto heels and stiletto high heels are perfect for social events, clubbing, formal event in order to attract attention, or for any women who want to look confident walking in heels.

Read about Stiletto Dancing heels

Shop Women’s Stiletto heels types of heels.

Fashion Tip

Dress Up Your Formal Attire: Stiletto heels are a classic choice for formal occasions such as weddings, cocktail parties, or black-tie events. They can be paired with elegant evening gowns, chic sheath dresses, or tailored pantsuits to create a glamorous and sophisticated ensemble.

Elevate Your Workwear: Stiletto heels can add a professional and stylish touch to your work outfits. Pair them with pencil skirts, tailored trousers, or blazers to look polished and confident in the office.

Glam Up Your Little Black Dress: The little black dress is a timeless wardrobe staple, and stiletto heels can take it to the next level. Choose a pair of stilettos in a complementary color or a metallic finish to add a touch of glam to your LBD.

Create a Feminine Look with Skirts: Stiletto heels work beautifully with skirts of all lengths, from mini to midi to maxi. They can create a feminine and flattering silhouette, especially when paired with A-line or pencil skirts.

Types of womens heels Stiletto are Strappy stiletto, platform stiletto heels, open toe stiletto heels, ankle strap stiletto heels .

Stilettos heels come in different colour. The most popular heels colour are black stiletto heels, red stiletto heels, gold stiletto heels, white stiletto heels, clear stiletto heels, silver stiletto heels, nude stiletto heels and pink stiletto heels.

Dancers Tips: Stilettos heels are dance heels recommended for advance dancers, perfect for pole dancers, heels dance classes or slower partner dance such as Kizomba.

Platform Heels

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Platform heels for women

Definition: A platform heel is a type of footwear characterized by its thick, elevated sole that extends under the entire length of the foot, adding height and comfort to the wearer. The platform is typically higher at the toe area and gradually tapers towards the heel, creating a stylish and distinctive look. 

Types of Platform heels: Platform heels can come in various styles, from sandals to pumps, and are popular for their ability to provide extra height without putting excessive strain on the foot arch. This types of heels have been a fashionable choice throughout history and continue to be a trendy option in modern fashion.

Shop Lace up platform heels and Brown Platform Heels types of heels.

Fashion Tip

 Combine Platform heels with a legging or a training short for a casual but sexy look.

Platform heels are good for shorter women and are extremely trendy for women after a sexier look, combining little black dress and platform shoes. 

Trending Platform heel in 2023 are White ankle strap platform heels, closed toe platform heels with ankle strap, Platform chunky heels, Peep toe ankle strap platform heels and chunky platform shoes.

Dancers Tips: Platform heels are mainly used by pole dancers and samba dancers. Samba shoes have a lower platform height than pole dance shoes platform.

Cut Out Heels

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Cut out heel boots

Cut out heels are heels shoes that have openings or gaps on the upper part of the shoe, creating a cut out effect. The openings can be on the sides, front, back or heel of the shoe, and can have different shapes and sizes.h

There is different types of cutout heels but here are the three most popular one listed bellow.

  • Lace up cut out sandals,
  • Cut out booties,
  • Cut out mules.

Shop cut out heels types of heels.

Fashion Tip

In womens heel types, cut-out heels are not the most frequently bought. However, this is definitely an interesting style to combine with a tight blue jean.

Sling Back Heels

slingback kitten heels

Slingback heels are shoes that have a strap that goes around the back of the heel, keeping them securely on your feet. They can have different heel heights, shapes and styles, and can be worn for various occasions.

Slingback is one of the most popular type of heel for work settings.

There is different types of slingback heel. Slingback pumps, slingback sandals, slingback kitten heels and slingback platforms are the popular one.

Fashion Tip

Slingback kitten heels are versatile for any occasion, be it formal or casual. These heels can be paired elegantly with jeans, skirts, and crop tops, or they complement midi dresses for a touch of sophistication. Elevate your overall look by accessorizing with a leather bag and pearl earrings.

Sandals Heels

Black Block heel sandals
black heeled sandals

Sandals heels are shoes that have a high or medium heel and a variety of straps that go over the toes, across the foot, or around the ankle. They can be made of leather, fabric, or other materials, and can be elegant, trendy, or formal

There is different type of strappy sandals such as Ankle tie heeled sandals, slide sandals, mule sandals, heel gladiator sandals or heeled block sandals (also called block heel sandals).

Kitten heel sandals are the popular types of heels right now for a summer vibe.

Fashion Tip


Monochrome Elegance:Pair nude or neutral-colored sandal heels with a monochrome outfit for an effortlessly chic and elongated look.

Maxi Dresses: Combine your sandal heels with a flowing maxi dress for a stylish and bohemian vibe.

Denim Delight: Create a trendy casual outfit by pairing your sandal heels with distressed denim jeans and a well-fitted top.

Floral Prints: Match your sandal heels with a floral dress for a touch of femininity and a charming summery feel.

Pantsuit Power: Rock a tailored pantsuit with strappy sandal heels for a modern and empowered ensemble perfect for formal occasions.

Statement Accessories: Elevate a simple outfit by adding bold accessories like chunky jewelry, a stylish belt, or a statement bag.

Ankle-Length Jeans: Show off your sandal heels by wearing ankle-length jeans that allow the straps to shine.

Boho Vibes: Pair your sandal heels with a flowy skirt, a tucked-in blouse, and layered jewelry for a carefree bohemian style.

Beachy Casual: Wear your sandal heels with shorts and a breezy top for a laid-back yet fashionable look perfect for beach outings.

Dancers Tips: Heeled Gladiator sandals are a very unique way to attract attention and differentiate yourself from the other dancers. This types of heels provide a more sensual and fierce look.


Mule Heels
Orange Mule Heel

Mule heels are backless shoes with a closed toe and a high heel, typically without any straps or laces, offering a chic and effortless style for various occasions.

Difference between mules and sandals.

Difference between mules heels and sandals heels is that mules have an open back, while sandals can have a variety of straps. Sandals are more supportive and secure than mules.

Fashion Tip

Effortless Chic: Pair mules with high-waisted, wide-leg pants and a tucked-in blouse or fitted top. This combination creates an effortlessly stylish and sophisticated look that’s perfect for both casual outings and more dressed-up occasions. The sleek and open-back design of mules adds a touch of elegance to the ensemble while maintaining comfort. Complete the outfit with minimalist accessories for a polished finish.

Flip Flop Heels

Flip flop heel are shoes that have a flat or low heel and a Y-shaped strap that goes between the first and second toes and around the sides of the foot. They are usually made of rubber, plastic or foam, and are very casual and comfortable

Main type of Flip Flop Heels are listed bellow.

  • Wedges flip flops. These are flip flops that have a wedge heel that elevates the foot and adds some style,
  • Platform flip flops. These are flip flops that have a thick sole that adds some height and cushioning to the foot,
  • Heeled flip flops. These are flip flops that have a stiletto heel that adds some glamour and drama to the look.

Fashion Tip

Casual Elegance: Embrace casual elegance by wearing flip flop heels with a flowy maxi dress or a stylish beach cover-up for a chic and comfortable beach-to-town transition.

French Heels

French heels are a type of heel that are narrow and curved, and were named after Madame de Pompadour, mistress to King Louis XV. They were popular in the late 1600s and early 1700s, and were notoriously difficult to walk in, but nevertheless made for a fantastic boudoir shoe. This style spread from Paris across Europe12. French heels are also known as Louis heels, because they were worn at the court of Louis XIV.

However nowadays, French heels are not the heel styles and heel type preferred by French people.

Kitten Heels

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Black Kitten Heel Boots

Kitten heels are shoes with a tapered heel of approximately 2,5 to 5cm in height. That’s the equivalent of 1 inch heel to 2 inches heels.

In our different heels shoes, kitten heel is a popular one for work settings and formal events. This appeal to women that want a feminin look, without looking to sexy and sexual, but prefer a more sober look.

Shop Black Kitten Heel Boots and kitten heel boot types of heels.

Fashion Tip

Achieve understated sophistication by pairing kitten heels with cropped trousers and a tucked-in blouse, creating a polished yet comfortable look suitable for both office hours and after-work outings.

Dancers Tips: Kitten heels are a Type of heels easy to walk in due to their low heel height. 


Black loafers
womens black loafers

Loafers are slip-on shoes characterized by their casual and comfortable design, typically lacking laces or buckles, making them easy to put on and take off.

Discover timeless elegance and comfort with quality loafers for women. Step out in style with a classic black loafers – the epitome of sophisticated fashion.

Fashion Tip

Versatile & Chic: For a chic and versatile look, pair loafers with high-waisted tailored pants or jeans and a tucked-in blouse or shirt.

This types of heels is usually not used by dancers, but more for everyday wear types of heels.


Pumps are classic, closed-toe shoes with a low-cut front and a high heel, known for their timeless elegance and versatility in formal and casual settings.

Pumps are different shoe heels, extremely common in a work environment for women who want to convey a strong personality while adoring a feminine touch . Best for formal events, business meetings, office and work settings, cocktails parties, dinner dates, and dressy casual events.

Shop our red pumps and red suede pumps types of heels.

Shop bellow different types heels pumps.

  • low heel pumps with ankle strap
  • white pumps with ankle strap
  • square heel pumps

Fashion Tip

Elevate your style effortlessly by pairing classic pumps with a little black dress for a timeless and sophisticated ensemble suitable for any occasion.


Oxford shoes are a classic type of formal footwear characterized by their closed lacing system, where the eyelets are stitched under the vamp, resulting in a sleek and refined appearance.

Those type of heels are recommended for dressy occasions and formal events. Oxford shoes for women have been rising in popularity and trend for the last 5 years.

Oxford shoes can be worn by men and women. Here are the common appellations for women Oxford shoes. Women’s Oxford shoes, women’s Oxfords, oxfords women, women’s Oxford shoes.

Comma Heels

Comma heels are a type of shoes and a type of heels with a heel in shape of a comma. It can be open toe, close toe, ankle strap or t bar. The characteristic is that the heel has a shape of a comma.

This is not the most common heel type. But still a good one to have in your wardrobe

Fashion Tip

Make a bold fashion statement with this types of heels by combining comma heels with a monochrome outfit, allowing these unique shoes to become the focal point of your look.

Spool Heels

A spool heel is a unique heel style that is wider at the top and bottom, with a narrower waist, resembling a spool of thread or an hourglass and combining fashion and stability.

Types of heels for women that were fashionable in Europe during the Baroque and Rococo periods, as well as in 1860s and the 1950s.

Espadrille Heels

Espadrille heels (also called heeled espadrilles or espadrilles heels) are shoes with a woven rope or jute sole and a high heel, combining comfort and style with a touch of summery elegance.

3 common Types of heels for espadrilles heels are wedge espadrilles, platform espadrilles, slingback espadrilles.

Fashion Tip

Infuse a touch of laid-back charm into your summer outfits by pairing espadrille heels with flowy sundresses or high-waisted shorts and a breezy off-shoulder top.

Fantasy Heels

Imagine a heel with a fantasist shape. Then add evermore fantasy in the shoe fabric and construction. Then give it a very fancy and exotic name. And you got a fantasy heels!

Types of womens heels often found with luxury brands such as Dior, Louis Vitton or Prada, or heels for fantasist movies or themes. Those types of heels are perfect for social gathering, diner night, or gala diner.

Cork High Heels

Cork high heels are shoes with a high heel made from cork material, offering a unique and eco-friendly alternative to traditional heels, known for their lightweight and comfortable design.

Cork material is a natural, lightweight, and buoyant material obtained from the outer bark of the cork oak tree (Quercus suber). It is primarily harvested in Mediterranean countries like Portugal, Spain, and Italy. Cork is known for its unique cellular structure, composed of tiny, sealed air-filled compartments, giving it remarkable properties such as insulation, water resistance, and elasticity. Due to its eco-friendly and sustainable nature, cork is used in various applications, including wine stoppers, flooring, fashion accessories, and footwear.

Fashion Tip

Effortless Chic: Pair your cork high heels sandals with a flowing sundress for a chic and effortless summer look that combines style and comfort.

Corset Heels

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Corset black heels

Corset heels are shoes featuring laces or straps that resemble the structure of a corset, adding a touch of elegance and femininity to the design.

Those types of heels are very popular for latin dancers.

Shop our Corset heels and black corset heels types of heels.

Dancers Tips: Corset heels are always good to pair with a tight legging for a comfortable, yet stylish and sexy look. 

Ankle Boots

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Nude ankle boots

Ankle boot, also called ankle booties, are a type of boot and footwear that come up to the ankle and cover foot and the ankle. Those ankle boot can be laced up, present a zip in the back or slip on boot. They are then called socks boots.

There is different types of boot heels. Ankle boots is one of them. They are the best heels with ankle support. Bellow is more.

Shop Ankle Boots for women, Black ankle boots, ankle boots with high heels, lace up ankle boots and black suede ankle boots types of heels.

Dancers Tips: Adjust heels height and heels shape for any of our dance shoes and dance boots to fit your style and your needs. Check our Heels for dancing Guide.

Socks Boots

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Boot Socks

Sock boots are form-fitting, stretchy ankle boots made from a sock-like material, creating a sleek and snug silhouette for a modern and fashionable look.

There is different types of boot heels. Ankle boots is one of them. They are the best heels with ankle support. Bellow is more.

Shop Socks Boots types of heels.

Dancers Tips: Boot socks women has been growing in popularity for latin dancers, especially bachata dancers.

Gladiator Heels

Strappy sandals heels
Gladiadiator high heels

Gladiator heels are shoes with multiple straps that extend up the leg, resembling the ancient gladiator sandals, offering a bold and statement-making style.

Shop Gladiator Heels types of heels.

Dancers Tips: Heels that tie up to the leg have been also growing in popularity, mainly with kizomba dancers.

Fringed Heels

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Fringe high heels

Fringed heels are shoes adorned with decorative fringes along the edges, creating a playful and bohemian-inspired design.

High Heeled Boots

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High Heel Boots

Also called knee high heels. Generally, high heel boots have a heel height of around 3 inches (approximately 7.6 centimeters) or higher. Some high heel boots can go as high as 4 to 5 inches (approximately 10 to 12.7 centimeters). Read our article about high heels dance shoes for further informations.

There is different types of high heeled shoes and high heels boots. One popular style of heel are knee high strap heels.

Shop all our high heel boots types of heels bellow.

Dancers Tips: Those types of heels are recommended for advanced dancers only. Or slow pace dance styles.

Thigh High Heels

Different types of high heels encompass a wide range of styles, each with its own unique flair. Among them, thigh-high heels stand out, extending gracefully above the knee to create a daring and captivating look that’s both alluring and fashion-forward. These statement-making heels redefine traditional boundaries and offer a bold choice for those seeking to make a lasting impression. Thigh high are the one reaching over the thigh and are thigh high.

Browse our collection of thigh high boots types of heels bellow.

Thigh high black boots

Thigh High Boot

Cowboy Boot heels

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High Heel Cowboy Boots

Imagine a horse ridding boot. That’s the general aspect of a cowboy boot! Cowboy boot heels are distinctive, angled heels with a slanted design, traditionally used for horseback riding and now recognized as a defining feature of Western-style boots.

Types of women’s heels that are specific and often associated to united states (US) and a cowboy style. There is several types of cowboy boot heels.

Ankle Strap Heels

Peep toe ankle strap heels
Brown Ankle strap heels

Ankle strap heels are heels with a strap around the ankle. Those heel strap shoes are very popular for dancers. Heels with ankle strap are also popular for women that want a more sexy and feminine look in any different type of settings. 

Shop our ankle Strap shoes and Strappy heel types of heels

Dancers Tips: Supportive and comfortable dance shoes for dancers. Types of heels that is good for beginners to advance dancers.

Lace Up Heels

Strappy sandals heels

Lace-up heels are shoes with laces or straps that tie around the ankle or leg.

Read our guide on how to tie your lace up heels.

Shop lace up heels, black lace up heels, silver lace up heels, lace up black heels, red lace up heels, nude lace up heels, and rhinestones lace up heel types of heels.

Dancers Tips: Supportive and comfortable dance shoes for dancers. Types of heels that are good for beginners to advance dancers.

T Bar Heels

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Heels with an ankle strap and a T material running from the ankle to the toe, forming a T shape.

Tbar shoes (also called t bar shoes and t-bar shoes) are a types of heels for women that are popular in ballroom styles of dances.

This types of heels are also popular for latin dancers but not as much as the lace up heels and ankle straps one.

Learn more about t bar heels uk and t bar heel in our article.

Shop t bar heels types of heels and our black t bar heels.

Peep toes heels

Heels with an opening at the front of the shoes, making an open toe heel.

Open toe shoes are also called peep toe shoes.

Peep toe heels are a captivating fusion of classic sophistication and modern allure. Featuring an alluring opening at the front, these heels provide a teasing glimpse of the toes while maintaining an elegant silhouette. This design accentuates the foot’s natural curvature, creating a visually elongating effect that flatters the legs. Peep toe heels come in a variety of heel heights, from stilettos to wedges, making them versatile for both formal occasions and casual outings. 

Their timeless appeal and ability to add a touch of playfulness to any ensemble make peep toe heels a must-have choice for those who appreciate style that’s both refined and captivating.

Fashion Tip

When wearing peep toe heels, consider opting for a colorful or patterned pedicure to add an extra pop of personality and style, enhancing the overall look and making a confident statement.

Dancers Tips: Peep toe heel are perfect for dancers. The open toe heel allow your foot and your dance shoes to breath better during hours of social dancing or dance classes.

Closed toe shoes

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Close Toe Heel

Closed toe heels are a toe-covered footwear option.

Also called closed heel shoes. As the name suggest, the toe front is enclosed, ensuring a more protective and secure heel shoe.

Those types of heels are very popular for ballroom dancing and highly seek after by ballroom dancers.

Shop this types of heels bellow.

Who are closed toe heels for?

  • Beginners dancers that are scared to be stepped on
  • Older dancers and older person that want a more protective heel shoes.
  • Ballroom dancers that want a more traditional look

Dancer Tip: Close toe heels are perfect for dancers that have sensitive feet and are looking for a protective pair of dance shoes.

Square toe Heels

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Square toe heels are heels with a square shape toe-box.

Fashion Tip

Effortless Chic: Elevate your outfit with square toe heels and embrace modern minimalism by pairing them with sleek, tailored silhouettes for a chic and effortlessly sophisticated ensemble.

Who are open toe heel shoes for?

  • Dancers that want a more fashion and trendy look.
  • Perfect for latin dancers, heels dancers and ballroom dancers

Pointed Toe Heels

Black pointed toe heels

Pointed toe heel (also called point toe heels) have a narrow, tapered front that end up finishing in a point shape.

Give a more elongated effect to the person wearing them. Not recommended for women’s with long foot.

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Decorative Heel

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Heel with bow ankle strap

A decorative heel is a type of heel that has some kind of embellishment or design on it, such as flowers, crystals, buckles, bows, etc.

Decorative heels can add some flair and personality to your shoes and outfit. They can also be used as centerpieces, ornaments, or accessories for various occasions.

Sculptural Heels

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sculptural heels

Imagine round shapes heels and round sculptures and apply them to the heel shape.

Types of heels that usually involves square or curvy heels.

Lucite Heels

clear lucite heels
lucite heel

Lucite heels are shoes with transparent, clear, or see-through heels made from acrylic material, creating a modern and unique look. Also called clear heels, Transparent heels, Acrylic heels, Perspex heels, See-through heels, Plastic heels, Glass heels (though not made of glass, they might resemble the transparency)

Those types of shoe heels are kinds of heels defined by the material instead of the shape itself.

Hidden Heels

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Hidden heel

Hidden heel shoes are shoes with hidden heel inside the shoes. The shoe manufacturer stack 1, 2 or 3 layers of the heel inside the shoes without being visible on the outside.

Types of heels that are perfect for women who want to be one-to-two inch taller without anyone noticing it.

Low Heels

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Low heel shoes

Low heels are defined by a low height heel. It can be of any shape. Low heels are heels from 1 centimetres high to 5 centimetres high.

You can select any heel types on shoes and decide to opt for a low heel height. Low heel dress shoe are popular during wedding dance practice or during the first wedding dance.

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Mid Heels

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Mid heel

Mid heels are intermediate height heels of any shape. Mid Heels height measure between 5 centimetres to 7 centimetres which is between 2 inches and 2.8 inches.

Medium heel Shoes are a good compromise between stability of a lower heel while maintaining aesthetics.

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High Heels

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ankle boots with high heels

High heels are heels defined by a height superior of 7 centimetres (or more than 2,75 inches). From 7,3 centimetres to 10 centimetres height. High heels types are the same as listed above.

Types of common high heels are Ankle strap high heels, high heels with straps up the leg, ankle strap high heels and thick high heels.

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Dancers Tips: Recommended for advanced dancers only. Or slow pace dance styles.

Very High Heels

very high heels
black very high heel

Very high heels belong to the types of high heels shoes defined by a heel height over 10 centimetres. They can go from 10.5 centimetres up to 20 centimetres. 

Those shoe types of heels are pretty much uncommon for everyday wear or as a dance footwear. They are rather use as a decorative footwear, or for certain professions or specific dances (such as pole dances)

Flat Footwear

Jazz Shoes for Dance in Australia
lucite heel

Flat footwear is type of footwear with little or no heel elevation, usually bellow 1 inches.

Very common for jazz shoes.

Dance Sneakers

Women's Sneakers for dance classes and street dancing. Women's dance shoes.
dance shoes sneakers

Sneakers with heels and split sole for dancers. Dance sneakers usually have a heel of 2 to 3 centimetres height.

We hope you enjoyed this guide about the different types heels and different type of heels.

We try to list all types of heels, hence we constantly update our list.

What are short high heels called?

Short high heels are called kitten heels. Kitten heel typically have a heel height ranging from about 1 inches to 2 inches (approximately 2.5 to 5 centimeters), making them shorter and more comfortable than traditional high heels.

Hidden heels, also known as concealed or invisible heels, are a type of footwear designed with a concealed wedge or platform inside the shoe. This hidden elevation is not immediately apparent from the outside, giving the appearance of regular flat or low-heeled shoes while providing the wearer with added height. 

A Dutch heel, also known as a Dutch clog or Dutch wooden shoe, refers to a traditional type of footwear that originates from the Netherlands (Holland). It is a wooden shoe with a distinctive shape, usually made from a single piece of wood, and designed to be worn as practical workwear in rural and agricultural settings.

A Cuban heel is characterized by a slightly tapered and stacked design, where the heel is broader at the base and gradually narrows towards the top. The heel typically has a squared-off shape, giving it a distinctive and bold appearance. Cuban heels are often medium in height, providing a comfortable and stable lift for the wearer.

There is 49 types of heels. There is different variations and styles, but there is 49 main categories.

The 3 main types of heels are defined by their heels height. Low heels, Mid heels and High heels. However, there is 49 different types of heels height and shapes.  Combining different heels height and heels shape will give even more variations and heels options.

Infographic types of heels

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Infographic about the different types of heel and shoe types of heels. Heels for dancers type with recommendation bellow in the picture.

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