For all those who feel that women have hundreds of variety of shoes, we want to tell you that, you are right. Before we begin telling you how many different types of shoes there are for women, we already feel sorry for all the husbands and boyfriends. Grab some popcorn girls, this one is going to be one long article. Many of the different types of shoes we are going to tell you about here, some women themselves might not be aware of their existence. So here is the complete list, ladies. If you don’t have any of these shoes, you should add them to your shopping list. And this doesn’t mean you carry them everywhere with you. We’ll tell you which ones to take on which types of vacations. Let’s begin, shall we? Oh, also, in order to be inclusive, we have also mentioned the types of shoes for men. So this article is for both men and women (although, it’s but natural that the women’s list is longer, sorry boys).
Different Types Of Shoes For Women
Flats: For Comfort And Style
Ballerinas are actually inspired by Ballet shoes. Ballerinas are extremely flexible flat shoes usually round in the front. A pair of ballerinas are so comfortable and flexible that their sole curves when you are not wearing them. They have thicker soles than sandals and look beautiful when you wear them. These types of shoes for women are light so it can be easily packed or worn.
Can be worn with: Jeans and top, short frill dresses
Where can you wear them: Pretty much everywhere! They are the ultimate comfort shoe while also making you look good. Get a neutral colour that goes with most of your outfits while packing this for a trip.
Loafers are lace-free slip-on shoes that are elasticated on both the sides making it easy to get into. Because loafers have elastic, laces are not needed. The best part about loafers is that it is neither too formal nor too dressy. If you are looking for a chance to mix and match, these types of shoes for women go with a lot of things. Allen Solly has a wide collection of loafers available with them.
Can be worn with: Shirt, tank top, crop top and A-line skirt
Where can you wear them: Like the ballerinas, loafers are also extremely comfy as well as chic. So you needn’t struggle to walk in them and can still look great! So you can use a pair of these for daily or casual wear through pretty much most of your vacation.
3. Flip Flops
If you are planning a summer vacation or beach vacation, keep a pair of flip flops with you in your luggage. Amazon has a collection that you will not find anywhere else. Flip flops are perfect for beachwear. Since it is mostly meant for beachwear, you do not have to worry about what to match these types of shoes for women with.
Can be worn with: Bikini, swimwear, shorts and tops, floral dresses
Where can you wear them: Flip flops are your perfect beachwear. They are extremely comfortable and perfect for your summer trip.
Yes, you heard it right! Brogues for women are available in the market now. This season style yourself with a pair of these masculine beauties. Earlier, brogue shoes were specified as men’s formal shoes, but now this trend is famous for women as well. If you are looking for good options, Clarks is a good place to shop for brogues shoes.
Can be worn with: Formal outfits for women
Where can you wear them: Brogues are beyond perfect for your formal trip. These will go perfectly with your formal wear.
Sandals are the most commonly used footwear for women. The different types of sandals for women have straps to hold the sole with the wearer’s foot. If you are looking for variety, again Amazon has a beautiful collection of brands having sandals of different types and colours. Different patterns of sandals make it entirely different from one another.
Can be worn with: Jeans and top, shorts, ethnic wear, crop top and shorts, casual wear
Where can you wear them: Sandals are your everyday comfort. These can literally go with anything and anywhere.
6. Gladiator Sandals
One classy type of sandals is gladiator sandals, that are inspired by ancient Greece. Gladiators have a super flat sole and straps that cover the entire foot giving it a mesh or cage-like look. If you are looking for options, Forever 21 provides you with a classy range of gladiator sandals and in different patterns.
Can be worn with: A-line skirt, shorts, off-shoulder dresses
Where can you wear them: Beach and summer vacation, both are incomplete without these types of shoes for women. They are the best for your beach holiday.
Shoes: For More Active Wear
Canvas shoes should be declared as the coolest shoes in the history of shoemaking. A pair of these lace casual shoes come in different colours. Canvas shoes are made from the fabric called canvas mostly used by painters. They are fun, versatile, widely available in the market and not at all an enemy to your pocket. Converse is the best brand to buy from. They are durable and have two varieties of shoes, ankle-length and above ankle-length.
Can be worn with: Casual t-shirt or shirt with jeans or shorts, casual dresses
Where can you wear them: Travel that includes walking or standing for a while should be accomplished by canvas. Canvas is comfort.
Sneakers usually have a soft sole and can be with laces or without laces. A pair of these casual wear shoes are worn for specific activities or just to spice up your casual look. Zara has a good collection of sneakers if you want to invest in a good pair.
Can be worn with: Casual wear, jeans or a shirt dress
Where can you wear them: The most casual shoes ever made that are equally comfortable are sneakers. They go with everything and can be worn everywhere.
Trainers are specifically designed for sports purposes and are the most comfortable ones when it comes to running in them. If you plan an early morning jog on your vacation, you need to keep a pair of these with you. Make sure the sole is thick enough when you are out for shopping trainers for yourself.
Can be worn with: Sporty look, tights and sports top
Where can you wear them: If you are planning a trek on the trip, pack trainers with you. They will help you be light and yet classy.
Heels: When You Want To Feel Fancy
Wedges are far more comfortable than those painful heels that kill your feet. Wedges are the types of shoes for women in which rubber serves both the purpose of a heel and a sole. There is no partition between the heel and the sole in wedges. Zara is a great brand to shop for wedges. It is an investment, but an investment that will not get wasted because these are shoes that go well with most things and don’t kill your feet. A pair of these will save your day and your ankles.
Can be worn with: Jeans, skirts, dresses and whatnot.
Where can you wear them: Comfortable party wear that does not hurt you and still serves the purpose of heels.
2. Court Shoes
Court shoes have a low-cut front which aligns itself to the rest of the shoe. They have small heels and are usually worn on formal occasions. So if you are a working woman you need to have a pair of these shoes with you. Since the heels are not that big, they won’t kill your feet. They usually come in the range of sober colours like white, beige, black, brown and peach.
Can be worn with: Formal outfits for women
Where can you wear them: Formal heels to make your formal trip outfit beyond perfect.
Pumps have higher heels than court shoes and are mostly worn for a dressy look. Since pumps come in a number of colours and are widely available online, they can be worn anywhere and anytime and with any attire. Pumps have a higher heel that gives them a taller look and you, a classy one. Always have a nude and a black coloured pair of pumps in your closet, these babies go with everything.
Can be worn with: Dresses, skirts, jeans, gowns
Where can you wear them: Any party attire is incomplete without pumps.
4. Stiletto Heels
Stilettos are shoes with heels of the thin and high variety. Heels in these type of shoes for women may vary from 1 inch to 10 inches. Stiletto heels are the trendiest of all the heels. These can have a pointed front or a rounded front depending upon the choice of the wearer.
Can be worn with: Short dresses, skirts, shorts skirts, denim, skorts
Where can you wear them: Higher heels for parties. If you can carry them well, you are made for them.
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5. Kitten Heels
Kitten heels are a shorter pair of pumps for lack of other descriptions. Same making and the same shape, just the heels are shorter. Heels of 2.0 inches or shorter are called kitten heels. Kitten heels can be closed-toe or a peep toe. Kitten shoes are mostly used for a formal wear purpose.
Can be worn with: Formal dresses, jeans
Where can you wear them: Formal dresses are more comfortable when the heels are less even if the formal tour is long. Wear them if you plan to visit a classical opera.
6. Block Heels
Block heels are square-shaped heel shoes for women. Of the many heeled varieties of shows, these are comfortable to walk in and do not hurt your foot at all. Because of not being a pointed heel you can stand and stay comfortable in them all day. Make sure you carry them on a vacation with you.
Can be worn with: Frill dresses, jeans and tunics, straight dresses and floral skirts
Where can you wear them: Every destination and every girl can carry these very well.
7. Killer Heels
There is a reason these heels are called killer heels, DO NOT EVER STEP ON SOMEONE wearing these. NEVER! (Although it can probably work well as a self-defence tool). These heels are of the super narrow variety and are above 10 cm in height – these are killer shoes. If you love yourself, do not wear them for more than 2-3 hours or wear them only if you plan to sit pretty and not move at all except to leave.
Can be worn with: Party attire
Where can you wear them: For a crisp party wear and killing shoes, it’s just perfect
8. Oxford Heels
Oxford shoes are shoes with laces and heels (for women). The give a formal look to your shoes and help you feel more trendy. Oxford shoes not only look beautiful on the attire but are also amazingly comfortable. These days they can be mixed and matched with not only formal clothes but also casual clothes.
Can be worn with: Formal attire and jeans and a tank top
Where can you wear them: Formal attire for a formal trip
9. Ankle Strap
Ankle strap shoes have straps with or without a buckle on the ankle. Heels for these types of shoes for women may vary from sizes and shapes but the strap will always be present in them. Various colours and styles for ankle strap shoes are available in the market and online.
Can be worn with: Skirts, shorts, jeans and crop tops, jeans and off-shoulder tops
Where can you wear them: Ankle strap shoes go with every attire and are cute enough to wear everywhere.
10. Peep Toes
Peep toes shoes are shoes with heels (of different sizes) and the space in the front is open for you to flaunt your nail colour or pedicure. Peep toe shoes can vary in styles, they can be wedges or thin heeled but the only thing that makes them different is the peepholes in the front for your toe to be visible.
Can be worn with: Jeans and tunic, skirts and off-shoulder top
Where can you wear them: These can be worn on any occasion. So pack them with your luggage. Don’t forget to carry your favourite nail paint too.
11. Platform Heels
Shoes that have a thick sole and is heeled are called platform heels. Platform shoes have soles with a range of 3-10 cm which means 1-4 inches. These look trendy and of the heeled shoes, the thick soles of these shoes helps in walking comfortably.
Can be worn with: Literally everything
Where can you wear them: Platform heels are more comfortable as compared to normal heels, so you can go with any attire but definitely not with formals.
12. Mary Janes/ Bar Shoes/ Doll Shoes
Mary Janes shoes are named after a character from the Buster Brown comic strip (drawn by R F Outcault) named Mary Jane who wore them in the comic strip. Usually, it is made of leather with one strap fastened with a buckle. They are round and low from the front and can be with or without heels. These are called Mary Janes in the US because of the comic strip getting released in New York. Other names for these are doll or bar shoes.
Can be worn with: Dresses, skirts
Where can you wear them: Shopping day cannot get better with Mary Janes shoes
13. Scarpin Heels
Shoes with really high heels and really pointy front are Scarpin shoes. Walking may be a pain in them but looking drop-dead gorgeous is guaranteed. Heels of the shoe are even thinner than the stilettos.
Can be worn with: Jeans and crop top, jeans and shirts, skirts
Where can you wear them: A casual day out with these and your day will be full of compliments. Of The many things in your itinerary, ensure a lot of walking isn’t one of them
Mule shoes do not have back or heel support. These give more support than flip-flops because of being closed from the front. They are comfortable and light in weight. Carry comfort with you this vacation. These types of shoes for women are the best ones to carry.
Can be worn with: Formals, shirts, tunics and jeans
Where can you wear them: Mules are the best way to flaunt your pedicure and nail paints. Any party wear can be worn with these babies.
Boots: To Up Your Style Quotient
1. Wellington Boots
Wellington boots are rain boots. You need to have them with you if you are heading towards a place where rain is unexpected like Alaska. These are made of rubber or plastic generally and are completely waterproof. They come in different colours that help you choose your colour for your attire. These types of shoes for women will not only save you from wetting your feet but also, make you look cool.
Can be worn with: Matching to your attire, can be a dress or even jeans and top
Where can you wear them: For a rainy or winter destination these are must-haves
2. Gladiator Boots
We above told you about gladiator sandals, here we are talking about gladiator boots. Gladiator boots are higher in length. They come up till your calf muscles and look super cool and are super comfortable. You can match it with any of your skirts or shorts and you are good to go. They are great for your feet too.
Can be worn with: Skirt, Shorts, jeans and a crop top or off-shoulder tops
Where can you wear them: Beach destinations or summer destinations will give you a chance to flaunt these boots.
3. Ankle Boots
One tip for wearing Ankle boots is, roll up your jeans so that your ankle peeps out. This makes your ankle look thin and when you have ankle booties peep put from below your look cannot get better. Ankle boots also come in a variety of heels so you can choose one based on comfort as well as style. Zara has a beautiful collection of boots, from high length to ankle boots.
Can be worn with: Jeans, A-line skirts, shorts
Where can you wear them: Ankle boots are a must-have for winter destinations. They are trendy and warm.
4. Calf Boots
Calf boots have a variety for winters and summers. They come up till your calf muscles and allow you to stay warm. Even if it is not meant to be for winters you can have one of these in your collection and they will last longer than any other shoe in your closet. These boots also come with different heels.
Can be worn with: Short skirts, overcoat and jeans, trousers and shirt
Where can you wear them: These can be worn at a cruise for dinner parties or for a casual day out on a winter trip.
5. Chelsea Boots
Chelsea boots are elasticated from one side for slipping into the boot and maintaining the grip. Chelsea boots usually have a fabric at the back to pull the shoe up. You can pack them with you if you have enough space in your luggage or it’s better if you wear it while leaving for your travels. You can pair it with your formals or casuals. These types of shoes for women will give you an amazing look.
Can be worn with: Formals, jeans and crop top with summer hats.
Where can you wear them: You can wear them on a casual day out and pretty much everywhere.
6. Military Boots
Modern Military boots are designed to provide grip, ankle stability, and foot protection suitable for a rugged environment. They mostly come in black colour and laces and look amazing over a tomboy outfit. The soles of the shoe can handle some rough use.
Can be worn with: Tank top and slim fit jeans
Where can you wear them: These types of shoes for women can make a plain attire classy and cool. You can wear them for a casual day or city tour.
7. Over The Knee
Over the knee boots cover the knee partially or fully. Zara has a great collection of long boots with them. Investing in something like this is a great investment. These types of shoes for women are trendy and give you a great look when you wear them.
Can be worn with: With a short skirt, skinny jeans and top
Where can you wear them: These types of shoes for women can be worn for a dinner party or a cruise.
These shoes are a great deal for you to buy. Choose your style and let us know how you felt in them. If you have them already, great! Share your stories of the compliments you got. If not, get up girls, go shop!
Different Types Of Shoes For Men
This classy pair of shoes, every man must own. Although brogues are traditionally meant to be worn for a formal event, it has now gained popularity for their smart-casual appeal.
Can be worn with: Formal outfits for men
Where can you wear them: Brogues are beyond perfect for your formal trip. These will go perfectly with your formal wear.
2. Loafers And Boat Shoes
One of the most timeless shoes when it comes to style and appeal, loafers are the lace-less pair of shoes that you can just slip on and still look smartly dressed. They can be worn practically anywhere and with anything. They are similar to boat shoes but are considered more formal. Boat shoes are more sporty and can be worn with shorts as well.
Can be worn with: Loafers can be worn with formal clothes or your casual attire while travelling. Boat shoes can be worn with casual attire, including shorts
Where can you wear them: Loafers carry a timeless appeal which allows them to be worn while strolling around the city or even by the beach.
3. Flip Flops
Your beach or summer vacay will remain incomplete without a comfy pair of flip flops. Find the best according to your style, price range and comfort at Amazon‘s collection. Since flip flops are usually casual and easy beachwear, you do not have to worry about what to match these types of shoes with.
Can be worn with: Beach shorts, swimwear, shorts and t-shirts
Where can you wear them: Flip flops are your perfect beachwear. They are extremely comfortable and perfect for your summer trip
Sneakers can go with anything you wear. Soles of the shoe are usually soft which makes it comfortable. With so many types of sneakers, there are a plethora of options to choose from. While the quirky retro sneakers will make your T-shirt and jeans look cool, there are also modern-day sneakers that are what every man needs at every stage of life. Sneakers can be with laces or without laces and are worn for specific activities or just to spice up your casual look.
Can be worn with: Casual wear, jeans or a casual shirt and pants
Where can you wear them: The most casual shoes ever made that are equally comfortable are sneakers. The fact that you can wear them anywhere and it goes with everything seals the deal
5. Dress Boots
It doesn’t matter if you don’t want to pull off a ‘rugged guy’ look while travelling, dress boots are dress shoes for every man. Dress shoes or boots are considered high fashion and are a great choice for your winter wardrobe. It’s an especially perfect style of shoe for transitional spring and fall weather when you need some coverage but not too much.
Can be worn with: Formals or casual wear such as jeans and shirt.
Where can you wear them: You can wear them as dress shoes on a casual day out when its a little chilly or for a night stroll in the city.
We hope this list of footwear for men and women has helped you. Let us know in the comments which types of shoes are your favourite. Also, like and share the article if it helped you.
FAQs For Types Of Shoes
The best types of shoes for women are Timeless White Sneakers, Ballerina Flats, Classic Black Loafers, Pair of Flat Sandals, Neutral Evening Heels, Pair of Walkable Heels and Classic Black Ankle Booties.
Some of the best types of shoes for men are Brogues, Loafers, Oxfords, Moccasins, Sneaker, Derbies, Dress boots and Monk shoes. The best part of men’s shoes is they are all great for your feet.