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The endless list of heels

Ana Madigibuli
Friday, October 13, 2017

IF you were asked to name more than one high heel, would you be able to list some specifically without just saying a common description like pencil heels?

Heels have been around for a long time and according to it dates back to 3500 B.C where it was seen on ancient Egyptian murals.

The murals according to the website depict Egyptian nobilities wearing heels to set them apart from the lower class, who would normally go barefoot.

Since then heels have evolved quickly around the world with the list of heels being endless today.

It's amazing to realise the truth about how much a person knows about heels and its purpose. Often people think it's to give a fashion statement, but to women it means more than just that as it builds confidence and offers practical benefits to height stature.

Asking a few work colleagues around the office to test their knowledge about heels was interesting, with answers varying for both males and females.

The common answer I got was wedge heels, stilettos and pumps — heels that are commonly worn in office work environments or occasionally at special events.

But of course there is so much more than just wedge heels, stilettos and pumps. There are other types of heels that we might not list today because of space but we have mainly focused our attention on what is worn in Fiji. Website lists some interesting names.

Kitten heels

They're great for parties or work events where you don't need the extra height but will be on your feet for a while. You will love the style, comfort and fashion mix it gives.


Also known as simply high heels, pumps are usually wider and are between 2 and 3 inches in height.


The highest of all the high heels, stilettos can reach up to eight inches. While these heights can cause problems walking for many, it's a worthy skill for the lengthening effect they have on one's legs. Many stilettos are also platforms due to the height.

Ankle strap heels

The ankle strap heels are very much in style right now. The height of the heel can vary, but the one common denominator is the strap that goes around the ankle, making the heels more secure and comfortable to walk in.

Wedge heels

There are two different types of wedge shoes: wedge heels and wedge sandals. Wedge heels are flush just like a high heel would be, and there is no separation from the heel to the sole.

Wedge sandals

While they have the same type of heel as a wedge heel, wedge sandals have a more open, sandal upper.

Cone heels

Wider at the sole of the foot and narrower at the base, cone heels form what you might expect: a cone. Just picture an ice cream cone on the bottom of your shoe.

Sling back heels

Unlike ankle strap heels, the sling back heel just has a strap that goes around the back of the achilles heel. This provides a more elegant look while still achieving the function of stabilisation.

Platform heels

You can see platform heels from short to tall.

The main thing that makes them platform is the part of the shoe under the sole is thicker. Many say this makes the higher heels more comfortable because there's less of a height differential between the back and front of the foot.

Peep toe heels

Somewhat of a tease, peep toe heels come in all shapes and sizes. All they need is for a pop of your colourful toenails to show to be a peep toe.

Ankle booties

Making their comeback within the last few years, high heeled booties, or ankle booties, are great for spring or fall days when a full boot is overkill.


Mule heels are any type of heel that comes up high over the top of the foot. You could have an open or closed to mule; the height of the heel can vary.

Cut out heels

Getting more on the funky, cool side of high heel types, cut out heels are any type of heel that has a portion of the upper cut out for effect.

Corset heels

Similar to a mule style of heel or a bootie, the difference with a corset heel is that the two sides are tied together as a traditional corset would be.

Espadrille heels

Somewhat new on the fashion scene, espadrille shoes have a fabric upper and a plaited fibre sole, made popular worldwide by Toms. Espadrille heels are a take on this traditional flat, and can have a heel or wedge base.

Chunky heels

This is the general term for any heel with a wider base that is typically square.

They're usually on the short to medium side, and provide more stability than traditional high heels or stilettos.

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