Introduction to slingback shoes

Introduction to slingback shoes

Slingback shoes differ from other type of shoes because of their straps that are used to hold the shoes on the feet. They can be designed as open or closed-toe shoes. These shoes are available in different styles that suit different occasions.


There are different types of Slingback shoes that choosing the right pair can be a big challenge. Below are the different types and their descriptions:

  • Closed toe – These have the toe area closed with the rest of the shoes remaining open. Shape of the toe area can be squared or pointy.
  • Enclosed – These are designed to be closed all round except for the heel area that remains open.
  • Open toe – These are closed at the mid section with both back and front remaining open. They are traditionally designed with thick straps that go over the toes.
  • Platform – These are traditionally designed to have high heels with thick soles. They can be of any shape.
  • Peep toes – These are traditionally designed to have closed toe area but with a small opening that reveals a toe or two.
  • Pointed toe – These designed to have closed toe area with the end pointed.
  • Rounded toe – These feature rounded toe area, which provides sufficient room for the toes.
  • Sandals – These are low Slingback shoes that feature small straps that go over the toes.
  • Squared toe – These have squared toe area.

Not all types of slingbacks are appropriate for wear to any occasion. Below is a simple guide on when to wear the different types.

  • Casual wear – Choose low-heeled slingbacks for the comfort you need when at home or during summer.
  • Business wear – Choose a medium-sized Slingback made of leather or suede.
  • Evening wear – Choose a high heeled Slingback that should go well with a cocktail dress.
  • Formal wear – Choose a platform, pointed or peep toe Slingback made of synthetic material.
  • Professional wear – Choose a closed, squared or peep toe Slingback that will naturally with your professional attire.

You may opt to buy a plain pair of Slingback or a pair with embellishments that add class to the shoe.

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