What’s The Difference Between Pumps And High-Heels?

The difference between pumps and high-heels is clear when you put them side by side, however, less so when you imagine each one on its own.

High-heels have an elongated sole at the back that can be anywhere from one to four inches in height. The front part of high-heel shoes is of plain length. Pumps, on the other hand, are a variation of high-heel but closed and slightly wider. They are usually considered as a more comfortable. High-heels usually have some kind of lace or buckle, which makes them harder to put on or take off.


As pretty as they may be, high-heel shoes are not the most comfortable footwear available. Why wear them then? For one, to add a few inches to the height and boost confidence (as long as you get used to them). The reasons so many women are willing to bear the discomfort of wearing this type of shoes are related to looks, fashion, elegance and confidence.

Wearing high-heels is also said to accentuate the natural physical attributes of women, particularly the buttocks that gets lifted as a result. It also helps women’s legs to appear slimmer and longer. The modern concept of a beautiful woman oftentimes includes having slender and long legs. High-heels can also make the bosom more prominent. In short, high-heels are all about looks and style.

High-heels typically have straps and buckles to help keep the feet on the shoes especially when the wearer is walking whilst pumps do not.


Pumps may have the reputation to be less “sexy” than high-heels but it doesn’t mean that they can’t be beautiful as well and compliment each style quite nicely.

Because they are also elevated, they can well serve the same purposes as high-heels, such as complimenting a certain look whilst providing more confort and maintaining a position that is more natural.

Due to its relative confort (we are not talking about streetwear after all), it’s usually the go-to option for office attire since they can be worn all-day-long (which doesn’t mean it doesn’t feel nice to take them out at the end of the day)