Men were the first to wear high heels around the 1600s. Women began wearing shoes with heels to look more masculine.
These days everyone loves to wear high heels and for all different reasons.
Here are some of the different types of heels popular for women’s shoes today.
In general, the thicker the heel is at the bottom of the shoe, where it touches the ground, the easier you’ll find it to wear.
Cone: Round heel which is broad where it meets the sole of the shoe and noticeably narrower at the point of contact with the ground.
Kitten: Short, slim heel with maximum height under 2 inches and diameter of no more than 0.4 inch at the point of contact with the ground.
Puppy: Thick square block heel approx. 2 inches in diameter and height.
Prism: Three flat sides which form a triangle at the point of contact with the ground.
Spool: Broad where it meets the sole and at the point of contact with the ground; noticeably narrower at the midpoint between the two.
Stiletto: Tall, slim heel with minimum height of 2 inches and diameter of no more than 0.4 inch at the point of contact with the ground.
Wedge: Occupies the entire space under the arch and heel portions of the foot.
These are the basic heel types for women’s shoes, there are still many more variations of heels available. From flashy dress shoes to more casual ones. I hope this explanation of heel types was helpful to you. When wearing high heels remember this. If the heel on your shoes wobble even when you are standing still than that is a sure sign that your shoes don’t support your properly. Try a pair of pretty shoes with a thicker, sturdier heel or better arch support on the inside.
Here is one of my favorite shoe quotes:
“I don’t know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot!” – Marilyn Monroe.
Do you have a favorite heel type or shoe quote? Leave me a comment below.