close-up of women legs with velvet knee-high boots
Photo: Arnel Hasanovic

Shoes often play the role of fashion centerpiece. While some of us prefer building an outfit around the top pieces, dresses, and accessories, others put footwear on a fashion pedestal. Still, finding the right shoes to match the style of your wardrobe and your feet can be challenging. We should always appreciate the importance of comfortable footwear!

Ill-fitting shoes can cause blisters, calluses, plantar fasciitis, and even bad posture. Before picking your next pair of trendy shoes, look through this fashion style guide. It will help you to make the best decision when choosing the most comfortable pair for your happy feet. With this knowledge, you’ll find the perfect shoes that look great and feel great too!

What Are the Most Popular Types of Women’s Shoes?

Luckily for all fashion lovers, there are a large variety of footwear styles to choose from, especially when it comes to women's shoes! From the flattest flat shoes, perfect for running everyday errands, to badass combat boots and elegant stiletto heels. There is something for every occasion, taste, and foot type. Let's start by looking through some of the most popular shoe types you can come across.
  • Flats
As the name suggests, these shoes are without heels. So, they are perfect for everyday use, offering support and comfort for a long day of walking or standing. They come in various styles, from classic ballet flats to trendy mules.
  • High Heels
High heels are excellent for formal occasions, from business meetings to weddings. Whether you prefer a classic stiletto or a chunky block heel, you will find the perfect pair of shoes to dress up your outfit.
  • Wedges
Wedge boots, also known as wedgies or lifties, are shoes or boots with a wedge-shaped sole, usually made of rubber, that functions as both the sole and the heel. Wedgies are a great alternative to high heels, offering a more comfortable option with the same look. 
  • Sandals
Sandals are the perfect summer shoe, offering breathability and style. So whether you prefer classic flip-flops or strappy sandals, you will find the ideal pair to keep you cool in the summer.
  • Clogs shoes
Clog Shoes have a leather top and wooden soles. They have rounded and slightly raised toes. These shoes have been popular with women for ages because they love that they can slip them onto their feet and go.
  • Espadrilles
Espadrilles are informal, flat, sometimes high-heeled shoes with rope soles. They are typically attached to an upper composed of canvas or cotton cloth. They are great summer shoes offering both style and comfort.
  • Loafers
These shoes may be put on and taken off without worrying about laces. Along with the absence of lace, the loafer also has an exposed ankle, separate sole, low heels, and Moccasin-like upper vamp.
  • Platforms
Platform shoes are rounded at the top and hollowed out in the middle, filled with padding. They look good with various outfits, from party dresses to casual jeans and a t-shirt. Platform shoes are also incredibly comfortable, as the cushioning helps to make them softer on your feet.
  • Mary Janes
Mary Janes have a rounded toe, low heel, and ankle strap. They are comfortable yet stylish, with various colors, materials, and patterns, making them a great choice for everyday wear. You can wear it with just about anything, from dressy skirts to jeans and a blouse.
  • Boots
Combat boots for women are a type of footwear that is designed for rugged outdoor use. They typically feature sturdy construction, with heavy-duty materials like leather or synthetic material. Some common features of combat boots for women include lace-up fronts, steel toes, and waterproof or water-resistant materials to keep feet dry. 

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Photo: Jaclyn Moy

How to Choose the Right Pair of Shoes for Your Feet Type?

With so many choices and styles on offer, it can be a difficult choice to make. However, the comfort of your own feet should come first! When shopping for shoes, it's crucial to know your feet type and size, plus any individual features you may have (such as flat feet or high arches). Here are some tips that will help you to choose the right pair of shoes.

Identify your feet type

It is very obvious, but different feet need different shoes. Knowing your particular foot type and shape (narrow or wide, high arched or normal arch) will help you find the right pair of shoes for your feet type.

Consider the type of shoe you need

Decide on the type of shoe you need for your particular foot type and individual features. Podiatrist Miguel Cunha suggests inspecting an old pair of shoes. Places, where they're most worn-in and deformed, will give you a clue about your foot type. Knowing what type of shoe you need will help you narrow your choices.

Choose the right material

The material of the shoe can make a big difference in comfort and durability. For example, leather shoes are usually more durable than synthetic materials, and canvas shoes are breathable. Environment and personal preference should also be taken into consideration when choosing the most comfortable pair of shoes for your feet type.

Check the sole

The sole of a shoe plays a crucial role in determining its level of comfort. It provides plenty of cushioning and arch support. When picking your new pair of shoes try looking for rubber, EVA foam, or gel soles. The sole of a shoe should also be durable enough to withstand the wear and tear of regular use. Polyurethane is one of the most durable materials often used for soles in athletic shoes.

Consider the style and color

And now for the easiest or the trickiest parts! The style and color of the footwear should match the occasion, personal fashion, and your current wardrobe. After all, shoes are an extension of your taste and style, so make sure you pick a pair your eyes love!

Final Thoughts

Buying a new pair of shoes should never be a daunting task! Still, such a pleasant task can be difficult, especially if you have special needs like flat feet or a high arch. To find the best and most comfortable fit, it's important that you know your foot type and other specifics. Shoe Time will help you pick a style and color you love, as shoes express your style. Don’t forget to keep the above tips in mind, though. Happy shopping!

Lots of love,