Wedges. Wedges are the easiest to walk on because there is more surface touching the ground. Italian shoe designer Ferragamo made the wedge heel in the mid 1930s so women could walk with more ease. The wedge heel can be made of any number of materials, including leather, jute or acrylic. Wedge heels are worn with dresses, skirts, slacks or shorts.
Kitten heel (KIT-ten HEEL). Tapered like the stiletto, but as the heel is only 1″-2″ high, the effect is more cute than sexy.
Stacked heel (STAKT HEEL). A much more substantial heel, made from thin slices of wood sandwiched together. Can be squared off or tapered, as on cowboy boots. Good for kicking ass and taking names.
Stilettos. Stilettos are typically the highest of all the heels—sometimes up to eight inches—and they can be difficult to walk in because the heels are thin and provide very little surface for stability. The word “stilettos” means small metal dagger.