High-heeled shoes are a diva’s best weapon, literally and fashion-wise. A pair of well-styled mini-stilts (if you will) can take an outfit from “Yow!” to “Wow!” with little effort, in no time.
But as with everything fashionable, women are spoilt for choice when it comes to heeled shoes. There are just so many options in terms of heel height, shape and style, that you could own far too many and still feel lacking.
The trick then is to first own at least one pair of the most versatile heeled shoes and then build your collection from there. Here’s your check-list for heeled must-haves – get hold of these and you’ll be proud owner of all the essentials:
Yes, of course, these have to be the first on the list. Stilettos have a long, thin heel, usually over 3.5 inches. You may not know but this heel type is named after a dagger, so you can imagine just how sharp and pointy they tend to be. Such shoes are staples for party-wear and add an extra doze of oomph to an evening outfit. Even if you are not comfortable wearing heels this high, you could get a pair of shorter stilettos and bring your A-game to every party with such killer heels.
For high-heel-haters, block heels are the more suitable alternative. Unlike stilettos, whose heel is thin, narrow and ends in a point, block heels have a broader base and body. This makes them infinitely easier to walk in, while allowing the same height and posture as stilettos do. Get these on for an occasion when you need to look you best but do not want the hassle of balance-defying footwear.
This is truly the working woman’s heel and arguably the most comfortable of them all. Wedges have a heel that covers the entire sole and is shaped in a form that tapers downward. Since there is full support to the shoe on its base, wedge heels offer more stability and balance. They are perfect for those occasions when you have some running around to do, and thus work wonders with office-wear in particular.
We have Audrey Hepburn to thank for kitten heel for it is she who popularized the style. Short, slender heels which are no longer than 2 inches, these can be worn with outfits both formal and casual. Kitten heels promise comfort and style for those days when you want to look fashionable with minimum effort.
Like the name suggests, these shoes have heels shaped like a cone. Like the stiletto, cone heels have a downward taper, though it is neither as thin nor as sharp as that of the former. Even as they promise elevation, cone heels are more comfortable than both stilettos and block heels, making them a great option for office-wear as well as casual-wear.
So, these are the heeled must-haves that should definitely be part of your wardrobe. If you don’t have them all already, maybe it’s time to go shopping? (You know you want to).