15 Heel Types to Know (and How to Identify Them)

Gina Marinelli

Heels are the kind of fashion item that can spur debates (kitten versus sky-high, block versus stiletto), inspire museum exhibits (like the touring "Killer Heels"), and totally transform a wardrobe. So while the talking points of the iconic fashion item are endless, we're pausing for a moment to return to the basics.

In the slides ahead, we've outlined 15 of the most common heels styles—both presently popular and trends that come and go. And while novices may know their mules from their slingbacks, spotting a Louis heel may be more of a challenge. Whichever the case, get to know the designs ahead by name, and if you catch the bug to do a little shopping afterward, well, so be it.

Click in for 15 heel types and how to identify them.

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