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We have a huge variety of heel types and heights available, so if you’re looking to reach your maximum height, or want something lower for greater stability and comfort, then we’ve got you covered.

Take a look at our heels below and select your preferred heel on the product page of the shoe you love.  If your preferred heel isn’t available on the particular product page, it doesn’t necessarily mean that we can’t add it to your favourite shoe.  Email us at sales@nicoledancewear.com to find out more.

Please note that all heel heights are measured from the middle of the heel when viewed from the side, and not from the back of the heel.

Ladies Heels

Elite Heel

The new Elite heel has been developed with many of the world’s leading competitive dancers and offers greater support and balance and improves the visuals of your toe points with the heel being centred further down the arch.  We have a 2.5″ Elite and 3″ Elite heel and these are available on all of our Ladies Latin shoes.

Pictured left to right:  3″ Elite and furthest right is the 2.5″ Elite heel.

IDS Heel

The IDS heel is our classic heel and the most traditional.  It is a flared heel and offers the very best in stability and balance.  It is very popular on the Ladies Latin, Ballroom and Social shoes and it has 2″, 2.5″, 3″ and 3.5″ versions available.

Pictured left to right: 2″ IDS, 2.5″ IDS, 3.5″ IDS and furthest right is the 3″ IDS heel.

Vogue Heel

The Vogue heel is best described as a slightly flared version of the ‘Ultra Slim’ heel (below) or a slimmer and more sleek version of the ‘IDS’ flared heel (above).  It’s available on heights of 2.5″ (6.5cm), 3″ (7.8cm) and 3.5″ (8.9cm) on Latin shoes (and some social dancing shoes).  This elegant heel blends the ultimate in style with exceptional balance and comfort, taking inspiration from heels often worn for Argentinian Tango dancing.  The slight flaring out at the bottom enhances that crucial feeling of stability of the dander, giving you even more confidence when you step out onto the floor.

Pictured left to right: 3.5″ Vogue, 3″ Vogue and the 2.5″ Vogue heel.

Slim Heel

Whilst our Elite heel is our sleek and stylish slimmer heel for Latin shoes, our Slim heel is our slim option for Ballroom.  Much like our Elite heel, this is a tapered heel which a sleek and stylish look.  It’s one of our original designs and the difference between this and the Elite heel is that the tip of the heel is further back toward the heel which is better for Ballroom and we have a 2″ Slim, 2.5″ Slim and 3″ Slim heel available.

Pictured left to right:  3″ Slim, 2.5″ Slim and furthest right is the 2″ Slim heel.

Ultra Slim Heel

The Ultra Slim heel is the slimmest of the heels we offer, used by many of the top competing couples throughout the world and is available on Ladies Latin and Social shoes.  It’s one for the confident ladies and is very similar to the kind of heel found on Argentinian Tango shoes.  It is available in 2.5″, 3″ and 3.5″ heel height.

Pictured left to right:  2.5″ Ultra Slim, 3″ Ultra Slim and furthest right is the 3.5″ Ultra Slim heel.

Ladies Practice, Linedance & Girls Heels

1.5″ Heather (1st left) – A padded heel with a curved lip on the back for our ‘Heather’ and ‘Heather Split’ practice and teaching shoes.  This is perfectly comfortable and supportive for the long days in practice and teaching shoes.

1.25″ Cuban (2nd left) – This is mainly used on our Girls shoes as a heel for Juvenile dancers, however it is often chosen on adults shoes too for an extra supportive lower heel.

1.5″ Junior (2nd right) – Not just a shoe for younger dancers, many find this heel particularly comfortable and supportive as it is lower with greater surface area for better balance.

1.5″ CK (1st right) – This heel is for our ‘CK Line Shoe’ and is a lower heel which is thicker with a wider surface area.  The sole of the heel is flat.

Mens & Boys Heels

Mens Ballroom Heels

1″ Tango (left) – Like the 1″ Contra heel, this heel features padding and a lip that comes over the back of the heel for smoother movements on heel turns, it’s simply slightly narrower in the shape. This is used for our ‘Tango’ design.

1″ Contra (middle) – This heel features comfortable padding with the lip design where the sole material comes over the back of the heel for smoother movements on heel turns.  It is used on our Contra, Contra Pro and Brogue.

1″ Gibson (right) – A slightly wider heel with a larger surface area which is flatter than the above heel and doesn’t feature that lip design on the back.  Used on our Pino, Pino Flex, Gibson & Oxford.

Mens Latin Heels

1.5″ Spanish (right) – This Latin heel features the lip on the back of the heel for smoother movements on the heel.  It’s the most popular requested heel for Men’s Latin.

2″ Spanish (left) – A slightly higher version to the 1.5″ heel for dancers looking for that extra height.