When it comes to choosing shoes, women are lucky in that they have considerably more choice than men. Not only do women’s shoes dominate most shoe shops and online shoe suppliers’ sites, but they are also so much more beautiful and individual than the majority of men’s shoes. Women’s shoes really do come in all shapes and sizes, and in a variety of styles, colours and price ranges. There are even whole styles of shoe made with women specifically in mind.
The most popular style of shoe designed specifically for women is the high heel shoes. From the impressively precarious stiletto heel to the modestly elegant kitten heel, heeled shoes are the ultimate in feminine footwear. The appeal of heeled shoes is that they make the wearer appear much taller and the legs appear much longer, and also force her to walk in a way that is deemed more ladylike and sexy. Between the two ends of the heel spectrum there is a whole range of heels of different heights and styles, including the more chunky heeled boots and shoes favoured by teenagers.
The range of practical women’s shoes is extensive. These include any shoes or boots designed specifically for outdoor wear, as well as sports trainers and casual everyday trainers. Most brands manufacture feminine versions of the men’s trainers they make, which (generally) does not just entail adding a pink streak along the side. Women’s shoes are designed specifically for women, and with women’s size and gait in mind. The shape of the shoe is more narrow than men’s shoes, more lightweight and elegant, and designed to support a woman’s foot in all the right places.
Office footwear can often be seen as implying something very dull and unimaginative, but this does not need to be the case. Black leather or patent leather heeled shoes are probably the most common choice, since they go so well with almost any business outfit. Nowadays, however, many offices are far more accommodating when it comes to dress and footwear, and there are very few smart or smart-casual styles of shoe that would be considered unacceptable.
Women’s boots come in an astounding range of heights and styles. Heeled boots are a perennial favourite, and are available in shops and online stores throughout the year. Knee-length black or brown leather heeled boots are extremely versatile and seem never to go out of fashion due to their simplicity and all-round usefulness. They go with most trousers and also look very elegant when worn with a knee-length skirt.