Ever wondered about the difference between a pair of stilettos, high heels, and slingbacks? So did we, until someone in our Shoes team decided to enlighten us. Apparently, the unassuming shoe is a much more complex creature than it is commonly believed to be. And here are its many avatars…
Simple shoes with a flat sole and a closed toe, ballerinas or ballet flats, have stood many a woman in good stead. Be it going through your list of daily chores, running to catch the bus, or navigating a busy schedule at work; if it’s something that keeps you on your toes, ballet flats are the shoe to turn to.
Flat soled or high heeled, strappy, kitschy or simple, the sandal is a versatile piece of footwear that lets you be both comfortable and totally in style.
Often described as the classic heel, pumps are closed shoes that have heels ranging from 2.5 to 4 inches. While pumps are traditionally worn with formal clothes, feel free to team them with jeans or leggings when you want to glam up your outfit, but aren’t quite in the mood to slip into stilettos.
While many designers are credited with having created the first stiletto , the story of Salvatore Ferragamo creating the first pair for Marilyn Monroe in the 1950s, is the one that we like best. Stilettos are the bad girls of heels. Shaped like the stem of a champagne flute and notoriously high, these heels are best teamed with slinky evening wear. The length these heels add is simply irresistible.
Often dubbed the tall girls’ heels, kitten heels have the same effect as stilettos and pumps, but with a lower degree of elevation, which is exactly what some of us need. These shoes generally have small, chic heels of up to 2 inches. They’re demure, easy to carry off and don’t put a strain on the knees or calves, as stilettos would.
As the name suggests, these shoes are open at the front, letting your toes ‘peep’ through. Peep-toes are a very feminine design that can be a pair of stilettos, flats, kitten heels, or wedges, depending on the kind of shoe you’re in the mood for.
Wedges have a wider heel than stilettos, pumps or kitten heels. The heel almost forms a platform, ensuring that these can be as high as stilettos, while still being comfortable. Slingback wedges and peep-toed wedges are cool in the summer, but you could also wear wedge boots when the weather gets chilly.
Slingbacks refer to a little strap at the back of the shoe that covers a part of the heel. Slingbacks can be subtle and demure or ooze oodles of oomph, depending on the kind of heel the shoe sports. While slingback sandals are casual, comfortable, and fun, slingback stilettos are designed for painting the town red.
Traditionally considered athletic gear, sneakers have long made their foray into the world of street fashion. In the right patterns, these shoes can look suitably glam while being unbelievably comfortable.
Boots are meant for walking, you say? We say run, strut, hike, and dance as well. Boots are possibly the most versatile shoes there are. And whatever the length, ankle, mid-calf, knee-length or thigh-high; and with stiletto heels, or flat soled, boots make a statement.
That’s all for now. We hope this dose of shoe gyan will tide you over many a shopping spree and help you pick the right shoe for every outfit, mood, and occasion. Feel free to ask any questions and tell us about interesting shoe-stuff, because we'd love to talk shoes with you!
And like someone really wise once said... If the shoe fits, buy it.