40+ Different types of popular footwear for women

The names of all the best types of footwear that a woman want in her collection - these shoes and other footwear can make or break your look.

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Different types of Shoes 

Ballet flat shoes

ballet shoes

Flat fitted shoes usually made of canvas, satin or leather. (Ballet pumps)

Ballerina shoes (Pointe shoe )

ballerina shoes

The kind of satin shoes worn by ballerinas. They do not have the hard heels of regular ballet shoes. 

Bathroom slippers

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Birkenstock Footwear

Birkenstock Footwear

This is a branded footwear with a distinctive shape with a cork-and-latex footbed.

Block heel shoes

Block heel shoes

These shoes have small, medium or high heels which look like a block (rather than tapered)



Boots are shoes that cover the foot atleast till the ankles. 

Brogue shoes

Brogue shoes

A type of low heeled shoes with many perforations on the surface given as a decoration. 

Canvas shoes

Canvas shoes

Casual shoes made of sturdy and durable canvas material and with rubber soles. They can be laced or slip on.

Chelsea boots

chelsea boots

Close-fitting ankle-length leather boots with an elastic side panel which ease putting the boots on.

Clogs shoes

clogs shoes

A casual shoe with a flat base and an open back; usually closed toe.

Cowboy boots

cowboy boots

Calf length leather boots ; they usually have several embossings on the surface .

Crocs shoes

This is a very popular trademarked clogs shoes.


Converse shoes

converse shoes

This is a very popular branded canvas shoes.

Dress Shoes

Leather shoes that are worn with formal wear.



A light canvas shoes with a plaited fiber sole



Very comfortable footwear without any heels.

Gladiator footwear

These are footwear with straps tied around the ankle, calf or the whole leg – the kind of shoes that you would see on greek gladiators in the bygone era.

Hiking shoes/boots

hiking shoes

Rough and tough, sturdy, waterproof , anti-skid,  ankle support shoes or boots.


Fully plastic footwear with a jelly-like transparent or shiny look.

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Kitten heel shoes

kitten heels

Shoes with  a small pointed heel

Loafer shoes

loafer shoes

A casual slip on shoes without any lacing in the front. There are many kinds of loafers, depending on the type of design on the front of the shoes.

Mary jane shoes

Mary jane shoes

Flat round toed shoes with a single strap across the top of the foot.



Soft leather heelless shoes. It has a u shaped piece over the foot.

Mule shoes

mule shoes

A type of shoes without any strap or constraints around the heels.

Over the knee boots

The name says it all – boots that cover the knees.

Oxford shoe

oxford shoes

It is a leather dress shoe with a closed lacing system.



Pumps or stilettoes with a front opening giving a glimpse of the toes.

Platform shoes

platform shoes

Shoes with a thick sole

Platform flipflops/Slippers

platform shoes


Plimsolls are a type of casual footwear (also called “plims) made of canvas or fabric with rubber soles. They are lightweight, flexible, and comfortable.

Pump shoes


Pumps are shoes with the front covered. Pumps are also called Court shoes.

Running shoes

running shoes

These are anti-skid shoes with lots of cushioning and support meant for supporting the foot during athletic activities.

Roman sandals

Roman sandals consists of a sole attached to the foot with straps or laces. They have an open toe and leave the upper part of the foot exposed.



The name refers to any open type of footwear, be it flats or heels with more open space than covering over the foot. Sandals usually have straps over the instep and around the ankle. 


Simple slip-on footwear that you slide on to your foot. 



These are good looking sports shoes meant for athletic activities and also for casual daily wear. 

Slingback shoes

Footwear with a strap in the back behind the heel or the ankle.


slip ons

Shoes without lacing in the front.

Snow boots

snow boots

The kind of boots you would prefer to go out in winter – sturdy waterproof boots with a fur lining that is visible from the outside.

Stiletto shoes 


Shoes with a thin high tapering heel.

Suede Shoes

suede shoes

Shoes made of a leather with a napped surface.

Wedge shoes

wedge shoes

This is a heeled footwear with heel and sole made of one solid piece (wedge) of material

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