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06 April 2018

Well Heeled: The Highs & Lows of Heels Explained

Can you tell the difference between a cone heel and a kitten heel? A stacked heel and a slingback?
Let our comprehensive guide help you to differentiate between all types of heels and inform you on the best ways to wear them. Walk taller with a well-chosen heel to suit every occasion and eventuality.

  1. Stiletto Court

    An icon and a classic, the stiletto is the first silhouette that comes to mind when we think about heels. Featuring a pointed or rounded toe, the heel has to be slim in diameter and, in our opinion, the more vertiginous the better. Often incorrectly reserved for evening wear, this style of shoe looks just as good with slim-fit jeans and a Breton t-shirt as it does with a LBD. Inject your wardrobe with a pop of pink like the Cipriani court.

    CIPRIANI Pointed Toe Court

  2. Cone Heels

    Invest in a throw-back style like the cone heel: this design first surfaced in the late 1970's and is currently enjoying a resurgence with the fashion-savvy. Statuesque, yet stable enough to run for the bus, this style can be epitomised by its sculptural conical heel and pointed toe which work together to elongate the leg. Choose a disco-worthy style like the sparkling Sleekpump.

    SLEEKPUMP High Cut Court

  3. Kitten Heels

    The kitten heel is often lamented as a sensible and stable choice, renowned for comfort. We think when worn correctly this timeless silhouette can evoke old school Hollywood glamour (think Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's) without looking like your mother. The heel must be slight in diameter and petite in height, but we recommend choosing a style with a sharply pointed toe for added drama. Fall back in love with this silhouette and partner a standout style like Rosehip with a LBD and the matching bracelet bag.

    ROSEHIP Rose Trim Court

  4. Slingback Heels

    Laid back yet oozing elegance, the slingback is a perennial stable that can be dressed up or down to suit any event, climate or wardrobe. Rounded toe, pointed toe, block heel, stiletto or kitten heel, the choice is yours just ensure this style comes with the eponymous adjustable slingback ankle strap to elongate the leg. For party-perfect style choose a style like the golden Cipria.

    CIPRIA Pointed Toe Slingback

  5. Stacked Heels

    For maximum style and optimum comfort, opt for a stacked heel. Crafted from layers of leather "stacked" together, this heel shape has more surface area helping to alleviate pressure on the ball of the foot. It also helps to stop the inevitable sinking into the grass at summer garden parties. A two-tone style like Enid Soft will become a wardrobe favourite.

    ENID SOFT Block Heel Sandal

  6. Wedges

    When your ensemble requires leg-lengthening height without compromising on comfort opt for a stable style like the wedge. The wedge heel comes in all shapes and sizes and can suit any wardrobe. Styles can be crafted in holiday-worthy raffia, luxurious suedes, or contemporary cork. Partner this glamorous pair with a pair of palazzo pants for a dressed-up take on warm weather workwear.

    TREAT Gold Trim Wedge

  7. Platforms

    Bring out your inner dancing queen with a seventies-inspired platform. This attention-grabbing style can be epitomised by its towering stack heel and raised platform sole. An added adjustable ankle strap, like that of the Eden, will keep feet secure even when dancing from dusk 'til dawn. Partnering with a mini skirt and an abundance of sequins is a must.

    EDEN Platform Sandal

  8. Peep-Toe Heels

    As the mercury rises switch thick deniers for bare legs and select a summery style like the peep-toe. This feminine silhouette will securely encase the foot but culminates with an elegant cut-out at the toe. The peep-toe can be set on a kitten, stacked or stiletto heel to suit your wardrobe. Smarter than a sandal, this style can be worn to work with slim-fit tailoring and an oversized tote bag.

    VICTORY Platform Slingback

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