• Low vamp
  • Thin sole
  • Medium sole
  • High heel
  • Medium heel
  • Stiletto heel
  • Classic heel
  • Kitten heel
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  • Wedge heel
  • Pointed toe
  • Almond toe
  • Tapered toe
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  • High vamp
  • Thick sole
  • Ultra high heel
  • Low heel
  • Flat heel
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The vamp is the part of a shoe or boot upper that covers the forepart of the foot. Also known as the 'mouth' of a shoe.

A low / opened vamp is where the vamp exposed most of the top of the foot.

The lower a vamp, the more leg and foot is seen and will result in a longer and/or slimmer looking leg, especially when wearing skirts and dresses.

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Shoe fundamentals for Ellen

If you are unable to wear high-heeled shoes, when higher heels are advised try to blend the colour of your stockings to your hemline and shoes.


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Shoe fundamentals

Shoes, more than any other accessory, have the ability to completely change the character of an outfit and give it ‘attitude'. Court shoes are conservative, stilettos are sexy and provocative, sneakers are casual and sporty, and lamb skin slippers are for home.

Your footwear not only reflects your personality but affects it too. Even if they are so comfortable that you forget about them, you walk, feel and act differently in different shoes.

Whatever the style you choose, quality and comfort are essential. Poor quality shoes bring down the tone of an outfit immediately. When shopping for shoes, shop in the middle of the day when your feet are less likely to be swollen. If you have a limited budget, choose styles that will go with almost everything in your wardrobe in colour and attitude.

A closed court shoe with a 3.5-5 cm (1 1/2 in to 2 in) heel is flattering to most legs. Wear a minimum of a 2.5 cm (1 in) heel if you are short, heavy or have short legs. The more open the vamp (front opening) of the shoe, the longer and slimmer your legs will appear. However, the more foot you show, the less business like the shoe will be, e.g. strappy high heels.

Keep all your shoes in good repair and, whenever possible, do not drive in your best shoes. Instead, keep an old pair in the car for driving.