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From kitten heel shoes to high heel pumps, there are many different types of heels women can choose from to stand out confidently among the crowd. Different shoes call for different occasions, so things like outfits, events, and even the amount of predicted standing time are worth considering when selecting the perfect footwear. Take a look at some of our favorite types of heels below to find your ideal match for just about every outing.

 

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Wedges: Make wedge heels and sandals your go-to’s for events that call for comfort. If you plan to be standing for a long time at a concert or party, these are an excellent choice for showing off your radiant style without killing your feet. Wedges are raised, chunky-style shoes that stand tall at the front, and even taller at the back. Best of all, the heels covers the entire bottom of the shoe for total ease of movement even after a cocktail or two.

 

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Pumps: These are your classic high heel shoes. What they may lack in comfort, they make up for with style in spades. Perhaps the most popular choice for a traditional high heel, these babies encompass style and sophistication that work well all the way from the office to happy hour. Best of all, there are many different types available ranging from mule pumps to two-piece pumps and so much more.

 

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Kitten Heels: These cute heels are adored by those who love a slight raise, usually without being more than 1-3 inches tall. These are often considered a very happy medium between the comfort of wedges and the style of pumps. However, the heel is wider than pumps and shaped like a funnel with the narrowest point along the bottom of the heel. Perfect for dresses with a flattering fit along the torso and flared below the waist, kitten heels know how to make a bold statement with the right look.

 

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High Heel Sandals: Just like they’re called, these are essentially sandals with some sexy heels attached. High heel sandals come in a variety of designs, although chunky styles are usually more common. These are a must-have for the summer season as well as tropical getaways. Not only do they allow your feet to relax and breathe, but you’ll be totally resort-ready all the way from brunch to the pool or wherever the day may take you.

 

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Block Heels: Much like wedge heels, block heels are both chunky and comfy. What differentiates these from wedges is having a square or cylindrical heel shaped like an extra-wide stiletto. Because it has an abrupt ending between the heel and the arch of the foot, block heels have an almost-triangular cutout separating the heel from the ball of the shoe.

 

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Stilettos: For a sexy look that dares to be noticed, stilettos are the way to go. Not exactly comfortable, but when you want to dress to the nines for date nights and formal affairs, your stilettos will be sure to command the attention of any room. These are defined by a very tall and narrow heels similar to pumps, but much higher in heel-length. Pair with your favorite little black dress and don’t be afraid to show off some leg, which these shoes will definitely flatter.

What are some of your favorite high heel styles to wear? Show us your best Sole Society heels on social media using the hashtag #SoleSociety.

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In pursuit of the perfect sunnies? Finding the right sunglasses to match your facial features is easy as long as you know what sunglass-shape to look for. Check out some of our Sole Society favorites.

Square Face

Square facial structures have a strong jawline and are comparative in width on both sides of the face from top to bottom. To contrast a square-shape face, we recommend wearing round sunglasses.

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Round Face

People with round faces have a round chin in addition to a wide facial structure around the cheeks and forehead. Most often, round faces work best with square or wayfarer-style frames.

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Oval Face

Those who have oval faces often have the most choices because round and square sunglasses are both complementary to this shape. Don’t be afraid to try out cateye styles or something unusually sophisticated (just be sure to avoid giant-sized sunglasses and you’re good to go).

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Heart-Shaped Face

The heart-shape face is characterized by a narrow chin, broad forehead, and distinctive cheekbones. Think: Reese Witherspoon. It’s best to opt for oval or aviator-style sunnies when looking for the perfect match.

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Show us your favorite Sole Society sunnies on social media using the hashtag #SoleSocietySunnies!

Shoes: A Glossary of Terms

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Crepe, throat, vamp… What does it all mean? Even the most passionate shoe lovers can find footwear lingo challenging at times, so we created this nifty glossary for learning the ins and outs of some lesser-known terms surrounding shoes. If you’re not sure what something means while eyeing those cute shoes in the window or online, we hope this guide provides you with the necessary information to ensure a satisfying purchase each and every time.

Aglet

A cap, usually made out of plastic or metal, that covers the tip of a shoelace.

Almond Toe

A type of shoe tip that features a soft, round shape resembling an almond.

Ankle Wrap

Stylish straps that wrap around the ankle and leg to keep feet connected to the sole of the shoe.

Arch

The upwardly curved area in the bottom-middle of the foot.

Back Seam

Fabric sewn in the back and center of a shoe.

Ball

The area of the foot located between the arch and the big toe.

Block Heel

A large, rectangular-shaped heel, also known as a chunky heel.

Booties

A style of shoe without the upper portion typically found with regular boots.

Breast

The front section of the heel where the arch begins.

Brocade

A silky fabric used to create a unique texture, pattern, and gleam.

Burnished

Leather that has been purposely buffed for a classic appearance.

Canvas

A sturdy, but flexible cloth often found in casual sneakers.

Cap Toe

Decorative leather located at the toe area of a shoe.

Chelsea Boot

An ankle-height boot designed for easily slipping onto the foot.

Clog

A style of shoe with a closed-toe, open back, and platform heel.

Column Heel

A type of high heel that features a thick, cylindrical heel.

Counter

A material used to reinforce the heel of a shoe in order to retain the shape of the upper portion.

Crepe

A strong, yellow type of rubber used in the sole of a shoe.

Cross Trainers

Athletic shoes designed for exercise purposes.

D’orsay

A type of shoe that features openings on one or both sides between the heel and toe areas.

Distressed

An abrasion treatment often used for leather and denim to create a worn appearance.

Espadrille

A shoe style that features straps that wrap around the ankle.

Eyelet

A hole above the tongue of a shoe that holds the shoelace in place.

Faux

An adjective used to define materials that substitute animal products for man-made synthetics.

Feather

The part of a shoe where the sole and upper edge join together.

Finish

A reference to the final processing of the shoe wherein the footwear has been given a particular glossy or polished appearance.

Flats

A shoe style that does not include a raised heel.

Fringe

Vertical strips of fabric typically made from suede.

Full Grain

Authentic leather with little to no marks or blemishes.

Gladiator

Strappy sandals inspired by those worn by gladiators in ancient Rome.

Grommets

The rings around the eyelets where shoelaces are threaded.

Hidden Wedge

A wedge heel that is hidden from the exterior design of the shoe.

Huarache

A sandal or tennis shoe featuring a distinct strap in the back of the heel and sometimes around the ankle.

Insole

The padding on top of the sole.

Instep

The top of the foot between the ankle and ball.

Kiltie

An outer tongue made with fringe that sits above the vamp of a shoe.

Kitten Heel

A small, rounded heel usually about 1 inches in length or less.

Lace Up

A type of shoelace threaded through the eyelets and up around the ankle.

Mary Jane

A strap that goes over the instep of a shoe.

Midsole

The middle layer of a sole for added comfort.

Moc Toe

A shoe design featuring a toe that appears similar to moccasins due to its particular construction.

Monk Strap

A buckled strap used for footwear in lieu of shoelaces.

Mule

A closed-toe shoe with a backless heel.

Napa

Soft, full-grain leather.

Nubuck

High-quality leather that has been treated to create a smoother texture.

Outsole

The exterior sole of a shoe.

Over The Knee

Tall boots that extend beyond the knee.

Overlay

Fabrics attached to a shoe’s materials for extra detail.

Patent

An adjective used to describe something, often leather, as being hard and glossy.

Pebbled Grain

A type of leather that has been treated to create a distinct, grainy texture.

Peep Toe

A shoe style that features a small open-toe.

Piping

Lines of trim used to create contrast in a design.

Platforms

Shoes comprised of a thick sole and high heel.

Pointed Toe Pumps

Closed-toe high heels that create a pointed look around the toes.

Puff

The part of a shoe that provides support and shape for the toe area.

Pumps

Traditional high heel shoes.

Quarter

The back and sides of a shoe.

Ruched

Fabric that has been ruffled.

Scalloped

An effect used to create a wavy look along the upper edges of a shoe.

Sculpted Heel

A heel that is oddly shaped when compared with traditional heels.

Seat

The part of the shoe where the heel of the foot is situated.

Shaft

The part of a boot that surrounds the ankle area.

Single Sole

A high heel with a thin sole for greater shoe flexibility.

Sipes

Small cuts made into the bottom of a rubber sole to improve traction.

Slider

A slip-on, open-toe shoe with a band that straps over the foot just above the toes.

Slingback

A type of shoe that features a strap along the back instead of a traditional enclosure.

Slouched

Boots that create a slouchy effect with natural folds or ruffles around the ankle area.

Snip Toe

A tapered-toe shoe with a flat frontside.

Sole

The bottom, exterior part of a shoe.

Spectator

A shoe style that includes contrasting tones and/or perforations.

Stacked Heel

A heel crafted from multiple layers of leather material.

Tap

A strong piece of leather or metal layered on top of the outer sole’s existing material.

Throat

The part of a shoe that opens at the top.

Tongue

Padding located above the foot and beneath the shoelaces.

T-Strap

A T-shaped pair of straps featuring one strap running vertically along the vamp where it meets a horizontal strap at the ankle.

Vamp

The part of a shoe that covers the top of the foot between the toe and throat.

Vegan

Often referred to in shoe terminology as a descriptor for synthetic materials that do not use any animal products.

Waist

The instep and arch section of the foot.

Wedge

A type of shoe that features a thick, wedge heel that spans the entire bottom length of the shoe.

StatementJewelry

Everyone loves a good statement piece, but not everyone knows how to really make them pop. A general rule of thumb for anyone who wants to wear statement jewelry that actually makes a statement is to make sure all other accessories are simple and minimalistic. In doing so, this allows bold pieces to stand out without getting lost in the mishmash of trying too hard. The key to making it work lies in combining one (maybe two) eye-catching accessories with a totally effortless outfit.

 

Let’s take a look at some of the most important “do’s and don’ts” of wearing statement jewelry:

 

DO wear statement necklaces like chokers or gemstones with tops that show off your neck, such as an off-the-shoulder top or a solid plunge-neck dress. In the case of extra-long necklaces like pendant chains or layered pearls, a solid color tee or form-fitting midi dress is all you really need.

 

DON’T combine statement necklaces with busy or flashy patterns. It is also best to avoid anything where a top’s fabric is already accentuating the neck such as halters or embellished collars.

 

DO feel free to layer multiple necklaces together for creating extra dimension.

 

DON’T select too many chunky pieces. Let chunky pieces be the statement while allowing thinner necklaces to be complementary in comparison.

 

DO color-coordinate statement jewelry with outfits that feature prints. Find a balance between the print and jewelry to ensure one piece is never overpowering the other. For example, a predominantly blue geometric dress would look more alluring with solid color jewelry featuring a cool hue that fits into the overall color scheme.

 

DON’T aim for stark contrast when pairing statement jewelry with outfits that include heavy graphics or patterns. Contrast works best with solid or colorblocked neutrals, in which case, colorful jewelry can be an awesome addition for that particular scenario.

 

DO keep in mind jewelry proportions and sizes. Wear big earrings, but only with smaller necklaces. Vice versa, large necklaces usually call for smaller earrings.

 

DON’T combine statement earrings with accessories that distract from their beauty, as other people’s attention will be naturally drawn to the face when socializing. If your earrings are making the statement, it’s important to avoid letting other pieces overshadow them.

 

DO remember to wear your hair in a style that allows for showcasing memorable pieces. After all, what good are diamond earrings if nobody can see them? It’s easy to up the elegance with a cute updo that allows your stones to shine and sparkle.

 

DON’T forget to check the weather. Whether it’s a wildly windy day or perhaps you’re just going for a cruise in the back of a convertible, having twists and tangles of hair stuck in your jewelry is never a good time.

 

DO take a holistic approach to building an outfit around statement jewelry. Always be sure to accessorize carefully in a way that is integrative, so each piece plays off the other, while allowing the primary statement to stand out the brightest.

 

DON’T wear too many crazy things at once. Outlandish fashion is fun, but ultimately works best with subtle pairings. We usually recommend wearing only one crazy thing per outfit.

 

DO take risks from time to time. For formal events, opt for something a little extravagant or even avant-garde. This type of statement jewelry can be a great icebreaker or conversation starter for meeting new people. Just let the piece do the talking and keep everything else simple and sophisticated.

 

DON’T be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Sometimes it’s easy to shy away from standing out because it feels more comfortable or familiar just blending in. The purpose of statement jewelry is to be noticed, which can be an excellent opportunity for opening new doors you may have previously never thought possible.

 

Want to show off your beautiful baubles? Share your favorite statement jewelry looks using the hashtag #MySoleSociety on social media!

 

Are you resort ready for the year ahead? Check out these breathtaking looks currently dominating this season’s resort wear, perfectly suited for a variety of exciting occasions.

Nautical by Nature

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Whether you’re planning to lounge poolside or at the beach, these outfits are all about fun in the sun. Get this year’s hottest nautical looks by combining relaxing blue hues with waves of stripes. Keep it fun and flirty at brunch by wearing open-toed shoes, cropped wide-leg pants, and a snazzy top; or look effortless with a wrap dress featuring unique details such as geometric patterns and voluminous sleeves. Complete the outfit with a cream clutch or satchel.

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When it’s time to hit the town for a little retail therapy, keep it simple by pairing your favorite flats with a knee-length dress and crossbody purse. Booties and cropped jeans with a striped tee and oversize shopper bag are also fabulous outfit essentials. Throw in some complementary pink and rose hues to contrast your blues and you’re good to go!

Neutral Parties

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This season, it’s easy to look and feel your best by pairing monochrome touches together with blushing neutrals. For lunch meetings and friendly get-togethers, treat your feet to a lovely pair of slip-ons and wear them with a quarter-length dress or coat that make a sophisticated statement.

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Dress things up a bit with a head-turning outfit that accentuates your body. Put on your favorite heeled sandals and dark denim, then show off some shoulder with a striking top that is rich in both texture and style. Alternatively, add a strong pop of romantic red to your shoes and accessories by wearing them with a sensuous black midi dress.

Bring the Mixers

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Make every party memorable with bold patterns and flowy textures. In the daytime, wear solid shoes with a contrasting dress and bag comprised of playful patterns, or simply go with the flow by mixing and matching looks that add movement like flared pants and ruffled blouses.

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Once the evening falls, take advantage of lively shoe designs like criss-crossed mules or embellished flats. Mix them up with pieces that add just a touch of urban modernity.

Find your favorite spring looks from Sole Society and show off your personal style using the hashtag #MySoleSociety !

 

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Searching for New Year’s Eve fashion inspiration to go with your list of resolutions? These party looks will give you major #goals.

 

Glam Goddess

Ring in the new year with glamorous details and plenty of panache. Fluffy faux-fur coats, feathery high heels, and slip dresses lined with dazzling sequins ensure that the only accessory you’ll need is a glass of bubbly.

 

Cool Trendsetter

 

 

Dress like the life of the party with modern styles that are as versatile as they are dynamic. Leopard print shoes get a sparkly makeover with crystal embellishments, while a basic jumpsuit is the perfect foundation for statement baubles and colorful dustings of confetti.

 

Femme & Flirty

 

Hey, girly girl. Step up your NYE outfit with all the right frills. From flirty lace frocks to embellished velvet pumps and rhinestone accessories, there’s no time like the holidays to show off your feminine charm.

 

Modern Minimalist

 

Prefer to keep things simple? Give your New Year’s Eve style a streamlined makeover by sticking with the tried and true. A plush velvet dress in a solid shade of winter white, evergreen, or cranberry looks timeless and fashion-forward. Just add a party clutch and some matching high heels to prove that basic doesn’t have to be boring.

 

Hopeful Romantic

 

Anxiously awaiting that New Year’s Eve kiss when the clock strikes midnight? Love is in the air with holiday looks that are big on romance. Fall head over heels in diaphanous chiffon dresses, velvet stilettos, ruby red accessories, and dark floral prints in full bloom.

Happy New Year!

 

XOXO,

The Sole Society Team

 

You have places to be and people to see this holiday season — but you don’t have time for multiple wardrobe changes throughout the course of your day. From family get-togethers to dinner dates with friends, it’s easy to transition your look from day to night with the right styling tips.

How to Take Your Holiday Look From Day to Night

 

1. Family Celebrations

 

There’s no place like home for the holidays (and it just so happens to be the perfect place to wear your coziest winter staples). Cardigans, sweater coats, and ponchos layer with anything and everything to keep you warm… and they’re also good at disguising party outfits for evening festivities. Wear a short dress or a t-shirt and jeans with a long cardigan and ankle boots, and then switch to a nighttime look with the help of high heels and sparkly baubles.

 

2. Girls Night Out

 

Impress your squad with outfits that are as versatile as they are stylish. Re-work your office basics with a pair of over-the-knee boots, update a pair of skinny black pants with a shoulder-baring blouse and stilettos, or shimmy the night away in a playsuit and flats.

 

3. Work Events

 

Go from 9 to 5 (and beyond) by giving your work separates a little edge. Replace your LBD with a jumpsuit for an after-hours look that sizzles, or keep it classy and modern with a velvet blazer or animal print heels. Looking for a one-and-done piece that works for day or night? A black faux-leather skirt is your ultimate go-to.

 

4. Date Night

 

Love is in the air with romantic styles that are ready to mingle. Heat up a cold-shoulder dress with a velvet clutch and strappy high heels, or show some skin with an off-the-shoulder satin blouse. Going somewhere extra fancy? A little black dress and a fluffy faux-fur stole are a match made in heaven.

 

Quick & Easy Holiday Party Fashion Tips

 

  • Work it. Wear an asymmetrical dress or blouse under your favorite work blazer to go from work to play in a flash.

  • Glisten up. Sparkly jewelry gives casual basics just the right amount of shimmer and shine.

  • Aim high. Take an off-duty outfit to the big event by switching from ankle boots to high heels.

  • Pile on the style. The right outerwear can do more than help you dress for the elements. Cardigans are ideal for daytime events, while bomber jackets and kimonos breathe new life into traditional pieces.

  • Give yourself a hand. Switch things up by replacing your daily carryall with an embellished party clutch.

  • Mix and match. Cover plunging necklines with blanket scarves by day, or hide your stems with tights to make shorter hems more work-appropriate.

Heading home for the holidays, or jetting off to some tropical paradise during the holiday break? We’ve made your holiday packing checklist for you with all the travel essentials you need to stay fashionably cozy round-trip.

 

Tips for Comfortable Holiday Traveling

 

  1. Pile on the style: One minute, it’s stuffy. The next, you’re shivering. Dress accordingly with a series of light layers that you can remove as needed. Start with a basic cotton tee, add a button-down shirt, and then top off the look with an oversized coatigan or cardi.

  2. Treat your feet: Slip-on shoes, warm socks, and UGG boots are first-class footwear options for holiday travels.

  3. Bundle up: A blanket scarf works overtime by doubling as a super-soft blanket or a warm scarf on demand.

  4. Ditch your jacket: Hate the idea of wearing a bulky parka on the plane? Opt for an oversized cardigan or coatigan instead.

  5. Pamper yourself: Air travel is known to do a number on the skin, and that dry cabin air isn’t doing your complexion any favors. Fight off the effects by bringing along beauty treats like lip balm, face masks, moisturizer, hydrating face mists, and hand cream.

  6. Kick back and relax: An all-in-one travel set with an eye mask and a pillow is a dreamy way to turn lengthy flights into restful nights.

 

Heading home for the holidays, or jetting off to some tropical paradise during the holiday break? We’ve compiled the ultimate winter travel style guide to help you look and feel your best from takeoff to touchdown.

 

What to Wear

 

 

Holiday traveling is stressful, but choosing the right travel outfits doesn’t have to be. The key to staying comfortable while traveling without sacrificing style is keeping things in proportion. Pair slouchy knits and oversized sweaters with slim bottoms like leggings, jeans, or cuffed joggers. This visual balance prevents off-duty combinations from looking sloppy, and it’s figure-flattering for the best of both worlds.

 

Focus on soft fabrics, relaxed silhouettes, lightweight layers, and functional accessories that keep everything you need right at your fingertips. Mix and match the following pieces to build outfits long flights demand:

 

  • Tops: Pullover sweaters, t-shirts, tunics, button-down blouses, and turtlenecks

  • Bottoms: Joggers, jeans, and leggings

  • Outerwear: Light jackets, hoodies, ponchos, wraps, cardigans, and coatigans

  • Bags: Weekenders, crossbody bags, totes, and backpacks

  • Accessories: Blanket scarves, hair ties, and beanies

  • Shoes: Ankle boots, flats, sneakers, UGGs, loafers, and mules

 

What to Pack

 

Health & Beauty Essentials

 

  • Water bottle

  • Snacks

  • Pillow

  • Skincare products

  • Haircare tools & products

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Toothbrush & toothpaste

  • Breath mints

  • Lotion

  • Lip balm

  • Hair ties

 

Tech Essentials

 

  • Phone

  • Laptop

  • Noise-canceling earbuds

  • Chargers

 

Style Essentials

 

  • Blanket scarf

  • Sunglasses

  • Beanie

  • High heels

  • Flats

  • Jacket or coatigan

  • Jeans

  • Statement top

  • Sweater

  • Dress pants

  • Leggings

  • Pajamas

  • Jewelry

  • Party purse

  • Undergarments & shapewear

 

Happy (and stylish) travels!

 

XOXO,

The Sole Society Team