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Everyone's wearing heels again. Here are the 5 styles you need to know about.

My feet are itching to wear heels again.

After all this time wearing slippers and sneakers (not complaining, I love both), the festive season has me excited to get dressed up and level up my footwear.

With Christmas just a week away - followed by New Year's Eve and all the other summer festivities - I've been searching online for the perfect heels. 

From comfortable to super fashionable, here's my top picks this season.

Psst: Speaking of shoes, on this episode of our fashion podcast What Are You Wearing?, we talk about the original influencer, Carrie Bradshaw, and what her style meant for our wardrobes. Post continues below.

The comfy option: mules.

When I think of summer heels, my mind immediately envisions a pair of mules. Why? So many reasons. 

Mules are the most comfortable style in the heels family. The slip-on nature makes them easy to chuck on and the various heel heights to pick from (generally shorter than other heel styles) allow you to enjoy wearing them without ruining your feet while doing so. 

Plus, they work for all occasions - casual enough for the office and dressy enough for a night out.

Rubi Serena Padded Crossover Mule, $49.99.

Image: Cotton On/Mamamia. 

Novo Zag Mules, $79.95.

Image: The Iconic/Mamamia. 

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Mango braided heel design sandals, $54.95.

Image: Mango/Mamamia. 

Senso Mara, $220.

Image: Senso/Mamamia. 

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The Instagram favourite: Strappy heels.

The most dominant trend of 2021? The strappy heel. 

The minimal detail makes them look chic with a variety of outfits (our top shoe pick to pair with Christmas Day dresses) and this year, they're coming in some really fun colours.

They'll probably leave funny marks on your feet but hey, that's fashion!

Rubi Elle Strappy Low Block Heel, $49.95.

Image: Cotton On/Mamamia. 

Zara High Heel Sandals with Thin Straps, $69.95.

Image: Zara/Mamamia. 

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Billini Yazmin Wide Fit, $89.95.

Image: Billini/Mamamia. 

LMS The Mint Mojito - LMS X Nadia Fairfax Collaboration, $230.

Image: The Iconic/Mamamia. 

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The rising trend: Platforms.

They spent a few years out of favour, but platforms are slowing making their way back into fashion. Our bet? They'll be the biggest heel trend in 2022.

Much like mules, the thick sole on these heels makes them comfortable (there's less of an incline), which is a big win in our books. And if you're short, platforms make you look infinitely taller.

ASOS DESIGN Harmony mid heeled platform mules, $64.

Image: ASOS/Mamamia. 

Zara Strappy High-Heel Platform Sandals, $139.

Image: Zara/Mamamia. 

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Tony Bianco Jayze Vanilla Nappa Heels, $249.95.

Image: Tony Bianco/Mamamia. 

The ultra-trendy option: Thong heels.

Let's close out with the most popular heel trend: the thong. 

Remember back in winter when those chunky "ugly" boots were on trend? Think of these as their summer equivalent. The combination of thong and heel makes them so conventionally ugly, but in 2021, that makes them trendy. 

We don't make the rules, we just report on them.

Vida Thong Heels, $41.99.

Image: The Iconic/Mamamia. 

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Rubi Stephanie Scrunchie Flip Flop Mule, $49.99.

Image: Cotton On/Mamamia. 

Alias Mae Florence, $219.95.

Image: The Iconic/Mamamia. 

Which pair is your favourite? Tell us in the comments!

Feature image: The Iconic/Senso/Cotton On/Mamamia.