All the Types of Shoes for Women

From sneakers to ankle boots to ballerina flats, and over to lesser-known shoe styles such as barefoot shoes and huarache sandals, I've got you covered!

You’ll become familiar with all kinds of shoes and their historical origin. You'll also learn the names of all women's shoe styles and specialized shoe types.

And don’t worry – each shoe type will have a photo or sketch, so you’ll come out of this guide with visual knowledge too!

If you find tying shoelaces time-consuming for your busy lifestyle, then slip-on sneakers are perfect for you.

Slip-on Sneakers


A true summer staple and vital for the boho-chic look, they’re often seen on the sunbaked grounds of Coachella and Burning Man festivals.

Gladiator Sandals


Summer wouldn’t be complete without flip-flops! This (usually) flat footwear – held by a Y-shaped toe thong and aka also called “thong sandals”.



While their fame has come and gone, Huaraches continue to be well-loved sandals in the US and the world and give a boho feel to any summer outfit.

Huarache Sandals


Espadrilles wedges have also become a classic summer shoe. Many espadrilles are still made in Spain, carrying on the tradition.



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