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25 Types of Footwear for Women – Must Have In Your Shoe Rack!


Remember that time we’ve given you a rundown on the flats that you should fall for this season? Well, it’s the time early November and our motto is to not just let you stock up essential boots for fall but for all-round-trendy-footwear collection. We believe that the below collection of chic choices in footwear for women not just enhances the style but it also enhances the level of walkability.

Footwear for Women

Footwear shopping is not as easy as many ‘shoe-noobs’ would think it is. What style of shoes do I buy? What kind of outfits will they go with? How much heel is too much heel? Although we cannot answer most of those questions ourself, here are a few questions we can help you with.  So in other words, if you’re getting to go shoe shopping, do not forget to take a walk-through into this ultimate footwear list of shoe styles, trendy collection, and know your shoe definition.

What are the different types of shoes?

1. Pumps


There are casual shoes for girls, there are ladies formal shoes, there are party wear footwear, there are date ready shoes. But the pumps are the most flexible pair of shoes for women there can ever be! Just ask yourself, what colour of shoes go with everything, and pick your self a pair of pumps in that shade!
2. Stilettos

StilletosDefined by the long, thin, high heel, stilettos are both a blessing and a curse to women. The shoe style is such that it can work as formal footwear for ladies and glamorous style shoes in one go! What are the types of heels that have made many a sensible woman empty her savings on? Stilettos.

3. Kitten heels

Kitten Heels for womenKitten heel is a short, slender heel, usually from 1.5 inches to 1.75 inches high, with a slight curve setting the heel in from the back edge of the shoe. Known to be the favourite of power packed women like Audrey Hepburn, Michelle Obama and Hilary Clinton, these definitely are on the top  5 list of best women formal shoes.

54. Ankle booties

Ankle Booties for WomenA staple in most winter wardrobes around the world today, boots were not recognised as high fashion footwear until the 1970s. They could also be used as a type of formal shoes for girls.
5. Ankle Strap Heels

Ankle Strap Heels for Women

Also known as the women’s T-strap sandal, this type of shoe was first popularized during the 1920s. The style featured a pointed toe with a strap that reached toward the ankle from the centre of the toe to a horizontal strap circling the ankle. It’s debatable if they could be considered a one of the types of formal shoes.

6. Wedges

Wedges for women

This type of shoes is defined by a single piece of material serving as both the sole and the heel. Typically with a sole that is much thicker at the back compared to the front, making it high heeled shoe style.

7. Cone Heels

Cone HeelsWide where it connects to the sole of a shoe and narrowing significantly to the point where it reaches the ground, cone heels are unique and different, types of shoes that are usually worn with fun and flirty dresses.

8. Gladiator Sandals

Gladiator Sandals

T-strap sandals with several straps running across the front of the foot, Gladiator sandals are the most comfortable and flexible of the different types of shoes for women.

9. Gladiator Boots

Gladiator BootsA mix of two different types of shoes, gladiators and boots, Gladiator boots are both stylish and comfortable.

10. Sling back heels

Sling back heelsCharacterized by a strap that crosses behind the heel or ankle, these classy pair of shoes are a must-have in a women’s formal shoes collection.

11. Ballerina Flats

Ballerina Flats

Ballet flats, ballerinas or Dolly shoes are inspired from  women’s soft ballet shoe, with a very thin heel  creating an appearance of no heel at all, with closed toes.
12. Open Toe Sandals

Open Toe Sandals

Keeping it simple, and easy to breathe, open toe sandals are the best type of shoes to be wearing in the summer.
13. Peep-Toe Heels

Peep-Toe Heels

With an opening at the toe-box which allows the toes to show, peep toe heels can be used as both formal wear and party wear.
14. Cork High Heels

Cork Shoes

There isn’t a single type of dress the cock high cannot immediately make for fun.
15. Platform


With an obvious thick sole, usually in the range of 3–10 cm, and heel that is raised significantly higher than the ball of the foot, platform heels are not for the clumsy women.
16. Spool heels

Spool heels

A spool heel is a heel that is wide at the top and bottom and narrower in the middle, considered far more practical and comfortable than all the other different kind of heels.
17. Mary Janes

Mary Janes

Characterised by a closed, low-cut, with one or more straps across the instep, Mary Janes is an American term for these shoes also known as bar shoes or doll shoes.
18. Scarpin

ScarpinThe most beloved type of formal shoes for women, the right Scarpins go perfectly with pencil skirts, trousers, suits, different types of dresses, and all other kinds of work wear.

19. Oxfords


Characterised by ‘close-lacing’, Oxfords at their purest form are meant to be a type of womens formal shoes. However, they’ve evolved over the years to be more suitable as casual shoes too!
20. Espadrille Heels

Espadrille Heels

The defining characteristic of Espadrilles or Espardenyes, the esparto rope sole, usually have a canvas or cotton fabric upper and a flexible sole made of Espartorope.

21. Mules


If you’ve heard clueless women ask you ‘are shoes and boots the same thing?’, wait till they see mules! But in its most simplistic sense, Mule is a style of shoe that has no back or constraint around the foot’s heel.
22. Trainers


Rubber shoes, athletic shoes, types of sneakers, trainers, gym shoes,  different types of shoes hard to tell apart. Trainers, however, are shoes for women designed more to the specific sport or activity.

23. Thigh High Boots

Thigh High BootsThigh-high boots, known also as thigh-length boots, over the knee boots or simply thigh boots, are boots that extend above the knees to at least mid-thigh.

24. Loafer

LoaferThe most popular and commonly used form of the slip-on, loafers are also known as slippers. For women, these have to be the most comfortable types of formal shoes.

25. Fantasy


Most commonly inspired by fictional characters from fairy tales and fantasies, fantasy footwear is only for women not afraid to stand out and make a statement.

Did the list of different types of shoes with pictures and names, and their uses help?

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