When it comes to shoes, it’s true that a girl can never have too many pairs; it’s just something the male species will never understand! Here at Cafe La Moda we totally understand your obsession, which is why we've searched high and low to find you the best online deals on a huge range of women’s shoes, from cheap and cheerful high street numbers to the best designer fashion footwear.
With so many styles to choose from we thought you might like a little helping hand in narrowing down your search for your perfect pair. We've put together some tips and tricks to finding the best women’s shoes to fit the occasion (well, for the minute - until you need the next pair!).
1. Boots – Boots come in a huge varuety of styles, from ankle boots to midi (half way up the shin) and knee high boots. Some varieties will have a heel that is distinguishable from the rest of the shoe whilst others may be flat or in a wedge style. Traditionally boots were made from leather or faux leather but can now be found in a whole host of fabrics and materials to suit your style and budget. Boots can vary hugely in price so be sure to compare before you buy to get the best boots to suit your budget.
2. Pumps – Pumps are heeled shoes that tend to be low cut at the front with no fastening, although some may have an ankle straps. Pumps are seen as the go-to for women wanting to look formal and chic from boardroom to bar. These are definitely a must have essential for all women.
3. Derbys, Oxfords and Brogues – Once the reserve of men, Derbys, Oxfords and Brogues have been adopted by women as an easy-to-wear shoe that instantly adds an edge to an outfit. All three styles are all very similar in that they are lace-up shoes that tend to have a small, solid heel, though many are now flat and made from soft, unstructured material. They are traditionally worn formally, but have been adopted into modern day casual wear.
4. Kitten heels – Kitten heels feature a thin and very low heel, of around an inch or so - they are the baby of the stiletto family. Kitten heels tends to be particularly popular with women who are blessed with height and want the glamour oh a heel without too many extra inches.
5. Loafers – Loafers are slip-on shoes without laces. They tend to be worn casually but can also be found for more formal occasions.
6. Moccasins – Moccasins are having a moment after a huge revival in recent seasons. Traditionally a soft boot made of deer skin they're now created from synthetic and suede fabrics. Moccasins typically have no heel and feature embroidery and beading.
7. Platforms – Shoes with a platform tend to feature a medium to high heel with a platform at the front. Platforms have an added section underneath the toes to allow the heel to be higher while still giving the foot a little more support. Sometimes the platform will be concealed within the shoe but usually it will be visible.
8. Sandals – A summer must have. Sandals can have a heel but they tend to be flat. Flip-flops and thong-sandals are a popular summer style and are perfect worn on the beach. Sandals are easy to wear and style and are perfect for hot days and balmy summer nights. What's even better, they take up minimal room in your suitcase meaning more room for bikinis - yay!
9. Wedges – Wedges are a style that have the heel attached to the rest of the shoe. These are great if (like us) you like to stay comfy on a night out and avoid that horrible burning pain you get from stilettos and platforms
You might be thinking, “How high is a low heel?” If so don’t panic, here are a few extra handy hints to make things a little clearer. According to the top fashion shoe designers, heel heights are defined as follows:
Shoe sizes can vary significantly between manufacturers so it's always best in the first instance to look on a retailer's website for guidance about their shoe sizes and to check out any shoe conversion charts.
For a general guide to women's shoe sizes simply take a look at the table below. It is also really useful to keep in mind this conversion chart if you are going to be traveling outside of the UK
Unfortunately, wearing beautiful heels comes with the downside of learning how to walk in them. Stiletto newbie? We've compiled a comprehensive guide to mastering the art of walking in heels.
Taking care of your new shoes will make the difference between an investment buy that'll last for years to come and a throwaway pair that'll be no good after a few months. Here's some tips for keeping your new shoes in tip top condition:
The time it takes for your items to arrive will depend greatly on which retailer you buy your women’s shoes from. You do need to remember that if you are buying from outside the U.S., the wait for your shoes will likely be a little bit longer.
It is also important that you check the retailer’s website for any additional shipping costs. Always make sure you are happy with the delivery terms before you confirm your purchase.
Before buying check to see if the website you are purchasing from does free returns and exchanges. This is important especially when buying an item like shoes because the fit is key. Many websites offer free returns and exchanges but read carefully, some websites will still require you to pay
the shipping and handling if you return or exchange an item.
Look out for credit cards that offer warranty extensions; if you buy a pair of leather shoes that end up wearing down after the warranty your credit card may actually refund you for the purchase. Check with your specific credit card company for details. Also, many credit cards offer a percentage of cash back for online purchases, so you might make a nice little profit from shopping online.
Now that you know all the ins and outs of buying women’s shoes online, it's time for the best part… shopping! You are now well versed in the different styles of shoes available and the best way to walk in heels. So, it’s time to visit our comparison tables. Because we compare prices from a wide range of retailers you will find the best deals and offers on a whole range of women’s shoes. Whatever you are looking for, you are sure to find it on Cafe La Moda.