Thanks to Michelle Obama, women’s kitten heels are back! Popularized by Audrey Hepburn in the 1950’s, these tiny heels became known as “training heels,” a sort of coming-of-age shoe for female teenagers first learning how to balance in high heels. Today, though, they are worn by women of all ages.
These heels to be no higher than 1.5 inches, and resemble a kitten’s claw in that they curve inward, placing the heel’s point under the middle of the heel rather than the back of the heel, where most stiletto points lie. The mid-heel placement of the heel point and the shorter heel of kitten heels allow for more stability and ease when walking, making many women prefer kitten heels to stilettos, pumps, and platform shoes. The kitten heel is also increasing in popularity due to the versatility of the style: the shoe trends range from slingbacks to boots to flats! Which is the chicest style for you?
Looking for a shoe that is appropriate for the office but doesn’t constantly threaten an imminent face-plant? The classy but comfortable kitten heel slingback offers more bearable alternative to the classic office pump for those eight-hour workdays. With a sleek shape and modest heel, Ros Hommerson’s Posh slingback, offered in black, is chic and versatile and can be paired with work outfits to create a classy, professional style.
Kitten heel slingbacks can also complement your night-on-the-town wardrobe. Shoes like Donald J. Plimer’s Viana slingback, with a two inch heel and simple T- and ankle-straps, provide beautiful shape to your feet, as well as arch support and stability which would be impossible with a stiletto heel.
Another growing trend is the bootie, or the ankle-boot. Especially if you live in a climate known for exceptionally rainy or snowy seasons, wearing a women’s kitten heel boot can be conducive to remaining upright throughout the day. Avoid slippery spills by wearing a shorter heel, like that of the Lilly boot by Diane von Furstenberg. With a 1.5 inch heel, pointed toe, side zipper, and pewter detail on washed-black leather, this boot is both simple and spunky, creating look that oozes confidence!
The ballet flat is the quintessential errand shoe. Flirty and cute, yet low-to-the-ground and comfortable, you can go anywhere in these shoes and accomplish two things: completing your to-do list and looking great! Jessica Simpson’s Drea shoe is a great example of a kitten heel flat for women. The stacked 1.5 inch wedge heel of the Drea provides character for the shoe without impeding your ability to walk. The square toe is unique, and the feminine bow is flirty and very stylish this season. If you are looking for a comfortable and yet trendy shoe to be able to wear on a daily basis, keep kitten heel flats in mind!
If you thought that the time of the kitten heel had passed with the 1950’s, you can think again! Michelle Obama has proudly helped to bring the trend back, and we should thank her for the relief from ever-lengthening stiletto heels! Women’s kitten heels (low heels which curve slightly inward to balance mid-heel) are even more versatile than pumps, coming in numerous forms such as slingbacks, boots, and flats. From the office to a night out to the store, your feet can both look and feel amazing in these shoes!
Stephanie Levitt, Fashion Writer for Today’s Shoe here, if you love everything shoe then this is the place to go for great articles about the seasons latest fashion trends,style tips, and lets not forget the hottest and newest shoe designers.