What Is a Stacked Heel? Try These 12 Pairs for Comfort and Style

They deserve a place in your footwear repertoire.

Woman wearing white stacked heels

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While the front-facing portion of a shoe can help lead the aesthetic (mule, strappy, pointed-toe, platform, and so on), the heel is what really solidifies the vibe. And while you may be acquainted with a slew of heel silhouettes like stilettos or block, the stacked heel may not be on your radar just yet—but it should be.

With a stacked heel, there are typically "stacked" layers of wood or leather, often giving a subtle striping effect. Most people associate a stacked heel with western boots, which is accurate as this is often where you see them. But in recent years, designers across the board have been incorporating this artisanal quality into their collections in fresh and modern ways that give the stacked heel renewed purpose. 

What Is A Stacked Heel?

With a stacked heel, there are typically "stacked" layers of wood or leather, often giving a subtle striping effect.

Ahead, discover and shop 12 pairs of shoes featuring stacked heels and why each deserves a place in your footwear repertoire.

Dicker Booties
Isabel Marant Dicker Booties $560
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Arguably the most popular iteration of the stacked heel is Isabel Marant’s Dicker boot. The suede western-inspired shoe has been around for over a decade and shows no signs of waning.

Western Bootie
Frye Carson Western Bootie $258
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For a classic Americana take on the stacked heel, these easy-to-wear suede booties from Frye are equal parts versatile and stylish.

Dream Ballerina Flats
Mansur Gavriel Dream Ballerina Flats $375
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These powder blue ballet flats are taken up a notch with the subtle stacked-heel detailing in the rear. 

Caty Western Pointed Toe Bootie
Matisse Caty Western Pointed Toe Bootie $200
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These scaled western booties featuring a pointed toe will go with everything from a flouncy floral dress to a white tee and denim cutoffs. 

Pesca Sandals
Mari Giudicelli Pesca Sandals $580
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The woven netting on these modern mules feels incredibly cool beside the stacked round heel. Add a pair of sheer socks for an even more enticing look.

Woven Leather Slippers Sandals
Manu Atelier Woven Leather Slippers Sandals $355
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Small but mighty, the slim stacked heel on these mint green slide sandals will look perfect all summer long.

Prince Sandals
Sergio Rossi Prince Sandals $695
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The chunky stacked heel on these ankle-strap sandals adds stability while still feeling elegant and effortless. 

Monica Sandals
Senso Monica Sandals $149
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If you're on the hunt for a pair of heels to wear to a wedding or any other formal event, make it these right here.

Le Benedict
Frame Le Benedict $498
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Give your wardrobe a ‘60s vibe with these stacked-heel loafers crafted in a gorgeous saddle brown suede.

Vulpe
Neous Vulpe $560
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Strappy is the name of the game when it comes to footwear trends right now, and a stacked heel folds into the aesthetic quite nicely.

Ibiza Block Heel Sandals
Souliers Martinez Ibiza Block Heel Sandals $498
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Swap out your sneakers and try a pair of stacked-heel woven sandals to wear to your next date night. They’re low-key enough that you’ll feel comfortable and confident.

Short Western Boots
Ganni Short Western Boots $475
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Leave it to Ganni to make the most versatile, stylish pair of stacked-heel western boots of the moment. Wear now, wear often.

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