There is a large variety of shoes available for women, in addition to most of the men's styles being more accepted as unisex. Some broad categories are:
1. High-heeled footwear is footwear that raises the heels, typically 2 inches (5 cm) or more above the toes, commonly worn by women for formal occasions or social outings. Variants include kitten heels (typically 1½-2 inches high) and stilletto heels (with a very narrow heel post) and wedge heels (with a wedge-shaped sole rather than a heel post).
2. Sneaker boot or sneaker pump: a shoe that looks like an athletic shoe, but is equipped with a heel, making it a kind of novelty dress shoe.
3. Mules are shoes or slippers with no fitting around the heel (i.e. they are backless)
4. Slingbacks are shoes which are secured by a strap behind the heel, rather than over the top of the foot.
5. Ballet flats, known in the UK as ballerinas, ballet pumps or skimmers, are shoes with a very low heel and a relatively short vamp, exposing much of the instep. They are popular for warm-weather wear, and may be seen as more comfortable than shoes with a higher heel.
6. Court shoes, known in the US as pumps, are typically high-heeled, slip-on dress shoes.