Although most of us are only familiar with the opposite ends of the heel spectrum—flat and stiletto—there is a wide range of heights and shapes therein. Without further adieu, let us help you better understand each heel and what outfit they work best with.
Flat – The lowest on the height scale, flats are known for their practicality and comfort. Thankfully, the flat has transitioned from grandma’s walking shoe to stylish loafer as of late and in doing so, have become more popular than ever. Keep casual cool with stovepipe jeans or go retro by pairing your flats with wide-leg trousers. Looking for something a little off the beaten path? Match your feminine floral summer dress with a pair of bold color flats.
Kitten – Equal parts old world and new school, the kitten heel is back with a vengeance. The perfect peekabo beneath bootcut jeans (a kitten heel is usually no more than two inches!), they are also a great complement to full skirts and a fine compromise between practicality and personality. Another great perk about this little kitty? They are quietly sexy with shorts or a mini skirt.
Spool – In vogue throughout Europe’s Baroque and Rococo periods, the spool heel is characterized by a thin middle bounded by a thick bottom and top. Also seen in the 1860s and more recently in the 1950s, the spool heel has made recent appearances on Prada and Louis Vuitton runways. Keep your whole ensemble vintage-chic with a modern take on the tiered skirt or slip into something minimalist and let your heels have their moment in the spotlight.
Wedge – Defined by a continuous heel, the wedge is every on-the-go stylista’s secret weapon. Offering more support than your typical heel, wedges can be made of wood, cork, plastic, or leather and are essential in every season. For summer, slip into some denim pedal pushers and finish the look with a pair of cork wedges. Or, match your best patterned skirt with a breezy top and funky plastic wedges for revamped summertime cool.
Stiletto – Every girl’s best—and after a long night, worst!—friend. The stiletto is sky high, spiked sex appeal like no other. While we’re sure you already know how to work these kicks without any teaching, remember that these are the best option when moving from work to play. Instead of packing a second outfit for post-work drinks with friends, add a blinged-out accessory and your hottest stiletto heels. To die for, darling.