Types Of Women’s Shoes |From Indian To Western|
Shoes are a woman’s birthright. But did you know there exist more than 20 types of women’s shoes? Each of these has its place, and not having at least a pair of each of them is scary.
We have done our research and listed below the types of women’s shoes that you must have in your wardrobe. And to make your life easier, we’ve also shared some tips on which outfit goes best with every type of footwear. So read away and the next time you’re planning an outfit, you know how to put your best foot forward.
A sandal with a strap that goes around the ankle and keeps the shoe in place. They are also known by the name women’s T-strap, and can be bought in heels or flats. This type of footwear goes with the most basic of your dresses like denim jeans and Tees. You should roll up your pants to flaunt your ankle strap shoes.
From the Ballet tradition comes a soft, rounded-toe shoe with no heel. These have been a ballerina’s best friend. Pair these up with your every day wear jeans, T-shirt or dresses and you’re good to go. They’re super comfy and are here to remain for a much longer time, thus, are a must-have in your wardrobe.
This type of women’s shoe rests on a heel shaped like a vertical block unlike a traditional stiletto shape, first debuted on the runway by Roger Vivier in 1965. Block heels are a fancy alternative to stilettos, and you can wear them to work as well. This type of shoe is great when you’re working in the city, where you’re traveling by a bus or on the subway and are always in a rush. Wear them with your palazzo pants or a dainty skirt and you are good to go for the day.
Canvas or leather shoes with non-marking rubber soles so as to not scuff the boat. Wearing these with socks qualifies as a fashion faux pas. Like ballet shoes, these are comfortable to wear even for long hours. It is best to wear them when you are commuting long hours to college or work.
This type of women’s shoe is a must-have option for winter. Boots ensure that you’re stylish and warm at the same time. In fact, most women use these during other seasons as well to make their fashion game strong. However, you must style them correctly in order to avoid a fashion faux pas. For example-if you’re wearing a mini skirt or dress, then you must opt for over-the-knee boots and booties must be worn with a long dress or skirt.
Made with a wooden sole, this shoe is mostly flat or with a platform heel. Intended as protective wear for workers, its modern versions tend to be made from waterproof material. These are the most preferred choice of footwear during monsoon.
Comes from Esparto rope, which is used to make the sole of the shoe while the uppers are generally made of fabric. Espadrilles are generally comfortable flat shoes but wedge variants are now available. Both kinds of espadrilles go well with a pair of smart slacks as well as a pencil skirt with a blouse. This type of shoe is best worn during summer, when you want to venture outside and do not want to wear a pair of shoddy flip-flops.
An open sandal with a thong hold, named after the sound it makes as you walk. One of the most widely used footwear in the world, flip-flops are used for casual wear. There are people who travel to work wearing a decent pair of shoes, but the moment they are in office, they will switch to flip-flops for the rest of the day unless they have a meeting to attend.
Open-toe strappy sandals that tie up at the ankles or all the way up to the calves. These are inspired from the Gladiator style of the Roman civilization. Put on a pair of denim shorts and a Tee or a shirt along with these gladiators for a simple yet elegant style. You can never go wrong with this type of an easy look. Short skirts or dresses will also go well with gladiators.
Juttis & Mojaris
A closed-toe, slip-on flat shoe from the North-Indian tradition. It is traditionally made with leather and can carry multiple sewn printed patterns. You can wear them with a long or short kurti and some minimal gold or silver jewelery to accentuate your look.
A tiny stiletto. Kitten Heels is a smaller version of the good old stiletto. During the summer you can pair this up with a cute little sundress or mini skirt. Kitten Heels also go well with a cocktail dress or pair of tight pants. This type of women’s shoe is the next best alternative for stilettos. This type of footwear is considered to be training heels for kittens i.e. young girls who are not ready to wear high heeled shoes.
The ideal footwear for the Indian diaspora. You can pair this with cotton skirts, jeans or even pyjamas for the desi look. Just like juttis, these go well with kurtis. When attending a wedding or a festive occasion like Diwali or Navratri, this type of shoe should be your go-to footwear.
Loafers & Moccasins
A shoe made up of a single piece of leather for the sole and another piece for the sides. These slip-ons don’t need any lacing. These are best for girls who have broader feet and may not be comfortable wearing ballet shoes for ever day wear. Loafers can be best paired with cropped pants and go well with daily denims too.
A round-toe covered shoe with a strap that runs across the highest part of the foot and buckles close at the in-step. These are worn best with tight pants, slacks and skirts. Wearing Mary-Janes with a pair of socks will make you look like the typical school girl, making these extremely popular.
Toes covered shoe with no closure on the back, the mule is an easy slide-on footwear irrespective of heel height. This type of women’s shoe goes well with your every day wear like jeans, pants and Tees. This is a classic alternative to flip-flop, as mules can be worn to work as well. Mules with jumpsuits is an ideal look for the summer.
Wide maxi skirts and loose Bohemian pants are ideally paired with open toe slippers. Another version of open toe sandals are sliders, that you can team up with a pair of track pants and tee while going to the gym. Flurry sliders are the most loved by girls, and has become trendy simply because of its unique look.
Any heel with an opening at the toe, so that a flash of nail paint can peep through. Knee length skirts and dresses can be paired with a wedge peep toe, while pants or jeans go best with flat peep toes. This type of shoe can elegantly suit every evening wear with sophistication. This footwear has been a part of every woman’s wardrobe since quite some years now.
Platforms & Flatforms
A big trend in the 70s, this is a heel with the toe stacked on the platform or a flat with an evenly distributed high base. This sandal is like a fat sister of the stiletto, and will make you look taller just like the former. Boyfriend jeans or wide pants are best suited with this type of footwear and wearing tight jeans with this is a big no no.
All heels, irrespective of the heel height, that cover the front toes in a square or round shape. A woman’s best friend, they go well with all kinds of outfit, be it your formal pant suit, denim and a blouse or T-shirt, mini skirt, shorts or even a jumpsuit. Whenever in doubt, just pull out a pair of black pumps from your shoe cupboard and they will magically complete your look of the day.
Majority of the people, both men and women, enjoy a good pair of sneakers on a day out. These are the most comfortable and friendly shoes. Whether you opt for a slip-on or a lace-up sneaker is your choice, but you will never regret having invested in this type of shoe. Younger brother of the sports shoe, many people use them during running/jogging as well.
Named after a ‘tiny dagger’ in Italian, the stiletto heel is shaped so. Surviving in these is no cakewalk, and make sure you have some numbing cream for your feet. However, once you’ve mastered the art of walking in a pair of stilettos, these bring in a glam factor and no other footwear can make you feel like you own the room.
Sandals with a central strap perpendicular to the ankle or toe strap forming a T shape. These are best worn with skirts or dresses on a casual day. Cropped pants can also be another choice with these simple yet elegant sandals. You can pair them with Indian kurtis as well.
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