Ah, the kitten heel. Unfairly maligned after its 90s heyday, we think it’s time to celebrate the (many) merits of this classic shoe. And we’re not alone. The likes of Christopher Kane, Sportmax, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini and the achingly cool Vetements featured the kitten heel in their AW17 collections, and they’ve been a regular feature on the street style circuit since Dior kick-started the revival earlier this year. Let’s not forget, Audrey Hepburn practically lived in low heels back in the 60s, and you can’t argue with the sartorial predilections of a bona fide style icon, can you?
As is often the case with fashion trends, the kitten heel has come full circle, and we couldn’t be happier about it. Those days when you can’t face a full-on heels but flats won’t cut it? Kittens to the rescue. Think about it; there aren’t many shoes that strike the perfect balance of elegant, chic and subtly sexy. Better add cool to that list too. They’re practical and pretty – everyone can walk in a kitten heel - which is why their list of dedicated fans runs the gamut from Theresa May to Kate Bosworth.
The Kitten Cool-Over
This season’s kitten heels come in so many tempting guises that they’re sure to convert even the hardiest resisters. We’re talking Kurt Geiger London 'Pia'’s lavish brocade and opulent embellishment, and Miss KG 'Archer'’s cross strap. Fierce boot versions – Carvela Kurt Geiger 'Sparky', we’re looking at you - give this classic heel a new fashion edge while Carvela Kurt Geiger Argonite’s on-trend pearls score double style points (coming soon). This is the kitten heel 2.0.
By far our favourite thing about kitten heels is their ability to switch seamlessly from day to night, and look as good with jeans and a t-shirt as they do a chic dress. Miss KG’s 'Celina' is perfect for the office and post-work plans. Try them with the slightly cropped, straight leg denim everyone’s wearing right now, full or A-line skirts and dresses – a pencil will look too prim – or cropped kick-flare trousers and a classic roll neck. When it comes to your arm candy, look for bags that contrast with the ladylike heel height – think luxe metal hardware and cross-body styles. Trust us; one wear and you’ll be wondering how you coped without kitten heels in your shoe collection.