9 type of high heel styles and the top high heel brands

There are so many different types of high heels to choose from these days.
You can find everything from a block heel to a stiletto heel to a mule heel and more.
With so many choices, it can be hard to know where to start when looking for the perfect pair of high heels.
In this blog post, I will discuss 9 of the most popular types of high heels and the brands that have the best ones.
types of high heel for women

Where did the 

first high heel come from?

The first recorded instance of women wearing high heels is from 1630 when Queen Marie de Medici of France ordered a pair of shoes with red heels. 
By the early 19th century, high heels were considered essential for fashionable women and high heels have been a fashion staple ever since.
Thank god because I absolutely love them! I think High heels are like art when they are made well. 

what is the most popular type

of high heel?

"The stiletto heel"

This is a classic heel that is thin and long, making it a great choice for a night out or a special event.

But these types of heels aren't the easiest to walk in and usually are high in height.  

So I wouldn't go for this type of heel until you've had a little experience in walking in the higher heels.

They are one of the prettiest and sexiest heels, if they are made well. I would stay away from cheaper made stilettos because they wont be comfortable for longer wear.

You want to invest in a piece like this if you plan to be able to walk at all in them without killing your feet.

The best brands for stilettos (that are actually comfortable and sexy) are made by Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik, and Yves Saint Laurent and a few great affordable brands for stilettos are Tamara Mellon and Schutz.


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The Perfect stiletto

What type of high heel will give you the most height?

"A platform heel" 

I'm not usually one for trends. I like to find my own style and stick to it. 
But there are some trends that come along that I can't help but love.
The platform heel trend has been showing up on runways and fashion magazine everywhere lately and I'm here for it.
They are so fun and who doesn't love a little extra height. 
The platform heel is a classy but funky heel. They are a fairly comfortable type of heel because of the added platform.
Also, be prepared to make a statement with these shoes as you will be extra tall and the chunkiness of the heel stands out on its own. 
The most popular luxury brands carrying the famous/trending platforms right now are Valentino and Versace.
For a more affordable platform check out Jeffrey Campbell or Stuart Weitzman. 


types of high heels in black

What type of high heel is best for work?

"the classic pump" 

This is a classic closed toe style that is comfortable and easy to wear. It's a great choice for everyday wear or for work.
If you want something affordable I would look at Jeffrey Campbell, Sam Edelman, or a new favorite of mine, Raye.
But if you're looking to invest in a super sexy pump to wear out on a date night or somewhere formal I would try Jimmy Choo and Tom Ford.
Jimmy Choo are hands down my favorite shoe maker. They come in at a luxury price point and well worth it for the comfort along with how beautiful the shoes are. I have a bunch and they really can be worn all day. 


all types of high heel

what is the easiest type of high heel to walk in?

"A wedge heel "

The wedge type of high heel is probably the most comfortable option because it provides support and stability.
It's a great choice for casual wear without wearing a flat or for anyone who wants a little extra height. 
I always try to wear wedges to any event thats outdoors. They work really great for grass events when you still wanna feel dressed up.
Wedges are also a great choice if you plan to go to Europe or any of those older cities with cobble stone roads. 
The best brands to find the cutest wedges right now are Valentino, Gucci, and Reformation, Saludos, and Raye. 
I have a pair from Raye and they were so affordable and I love them. 


white types of high heel

what's the shortest 

type of high heel?

"The kitten heel"

This is a shorter, daintier version of the stiletto. It's a great choice for those who want to add a touch of elegance to their look. 
I personally think these are the most elegant shoes a women can wear. A kitten heel is a type of heel but a very feminine and elegant one that elongates the leg without being overly bold. They are sure to dress up any outfit. 
For great kitten heels I would check brands like Sam Edelman, Cult Gaia and of course the most famous of kitten heels by Manolo Blahnik.

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The Perfect Kitten Heel 


What type of high heel has good support?

"the block heel"

This is a chunkier heel that provides more support and stability. It's a great choice for casual wear or for anyone who wants a little extra height.
I also highly recommend this type of heel if you are planning a trip to eruope. I almost exclusively wore my Gucci block heels in Positano to climb the stairs.
I didn't want to wear flat sandals with all my cute dresses but I needed stability for the uneven stairs and roads there.
They block heel was the perfect shoe for this situation. The best brands for block heels are Gucci, Badgley Mischka, and Vince. 

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The Most Stable Block Heel


Finding the right type of high heel

What type of high heel is good for being on grass?

"the espadrille heel"

Espadrilles are typically made with a canvas or cotton upper, and have a rope or jute sole. Espadrilles can be flat or heeled, and are often decorated with beads or embroidery.
Espadrilles are often associated with summertime and beaches. But they can really be worn any time of year! Espadrilles are a great option if you're looking for something a little more classy.
I think they look cutest with lightweight sundresses but ive seen girls where them with cropped skinny jeans. 
The brands with cute affordable espadrille type of high heel are Reformation, Saludos, Castaner, 
For a luxury espadrille i would look at brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Louboutin, and Valentino Garavani


what type of

heel has an ankle closure?

"a sling back heel"

Sling back heels are a type of high heel that gets its name from the strap that goes around the back of the heel. This strap gives the shoe a more secure fit and helps to keep it in place while you are wearing it.
The sling back is both stylish and comfortable. These heels can be worn with jeans or dresses making them very versatile. 
For an amazing lsing back i would look at brands like Gianvito Rossi, Manolo Blahnik, and Stuart Weitzman. 

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Great Sling Back Heels


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what is a slip on type of high heel called?

"A mule"

Mules are a type of high heel just slip on and off. Mules can be dressy or casual, depending on the material they're made of and the style of the shoe.
A lot of women love mules because they're so easy to wear and they go with just about anything. I think mules look so great with jeans and they really elongate the leg. 
So, If you're looking for a classy heel that's easy to walk in, a mule is the way to go. Just be sure to try them on before you buy them, as they can sometimes run large or small. 
If they don't fit well they can rub since they don't have a strap holding them in place and cause blisters and we don't want that do we?


So there you have it! The Nine most popular type of high heel and the best brands to find each one. 
Do you have a favorite type of heel? Let me know in the comments below! And be sure to sign up for the newsletter to keep up with all things "S.I.R."

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by Ryan Starr