If you happen to be shoe shopping right now – may I suggest the kitten heel? Shocked? Understandable!
To wear a kitten heel was once considered a heinous fashion crime. Today, the tune has changed – there is nothing classier or chic than a two-inch kitten heel.
The lady-like shoe never actually went out of style. It’s glory years were the sixties when it dominated the fashion world and the late nineties. But since, has been left for the dusty dark corners of our shoe cupboards.
Earlier this year, British Vogue suggested they were making a comeback which resulted in a furious backlash from the Twitter community. Love it or hate it this tiny heel has bubbled up as fashion giants like Dior, Céline and Gucci have reinvented the style in their latest collections. The Spring Summer collection at Vetements where Demna Gvasalia collaborated with the iconic Manolo Blahnik was when things really erupted into a kitten-heel-frenzy. The satin kitten heel slingbacks were an instant hit among the fashion crowd. Maria Grazia Chiuri’s inaugural collection for Dior featured a pair of slingback black kitten heels with dressmaker’s ribbon branded ‘J’Dior’ – instant bait for the street style stars and Instagrammers.
There is a variety of styles available now for the simple kitten heel. From pearl, and glitter embellished Miu Mius to round bejeweled heels from Paul Andrew; the options are endless. I got myself a pair of leopard printed kitten heels from ASOS (and then realized the Theresa May parallels were inevitable!). They go with pretty much any cropped or cuffed pair of pants/jeans and midi skirts so they are still a good purchase! Zara, H&M and Topshop are good If you are looking for budget-friendly options. The black Zara heels with a bow tie are quite popular.
Kitten heels are a part of the practical-sense that fashion collections have recently been embracing. For those (like me) who avoid sky-high stilettos and love flat shoes and sandals the kitten heel is a good alternative when you need a bit of lift. They don’t hinder your pace, gives a polished impression and works with the most trendiest as well as classic outfits.