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Top 5 Styles of High Heels

by Andrea Sparks

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High heels have been around for centuries, and high heels still remain in center of fashion in today's footwear styles. You can wear heels with just about everything in your closet, casual or dressy. With so many types of high heels out there, from kitten heels to stiletto boots, your options are nearly endless. Which pair of heels should you wear with your red dress? What will work best with a pair of jeans? Read on to learn about the top styles of high heels to have in your closet.

Top High Heel Styles:

  1. Stiletto: Perhaps the most recognizable style of high-heel shoes is the stiletto. Named for a type of dagger, stiletto heels are as dramatic as their name. The pencil-thin, tall heel began as a daring fashion statement and has endured as a footwear staple. Wear stilettos with skirts and dresses to look taller and lengthen your legs or dress up a pair of jeans with a chic pair of stiletto heels.

  2. Pumps: Pumps typically have a tall heel like stilettos, but the heel is not quite as thin. The iconic pump has a tapering heel and pointed toe. A pair of brightly colored pumps looks fantastic with retro party dresses, while classic black or brown pumps refine your look for the office.

  3. Peep-toe: Fun and full of summertime chic, peep-toe shoes add a fun twist on any pair of high-heel shoes. Peep-toe heels bring all the style of a pump and a sandal together. You can show off your pedicure at the office while still maintaining your professional look or you can pair peep-toe sling backs with a short party dress for a night of dancing.

  4. Wedge: The wedge heel is a unique variation on the classic high heel, with a solid heel running from behind the ball of the foot to the heel. Wedges are a little more casual than most other types of high heels and pair well with casual skirts and jeans. Wedges can even be more comfortable than other heels because they are typically sturdier and offer more arch support than a stiletto or pump.

  5. Platform: In addition to a classic heel, platform shoes add height to your look with a boost underneath the toe as well. Platforms can be subtle or dramatic, classic or contemporary. You'll find platforms on taller styles of heels, like pumps and wedges.

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