Trust their versatility
As well as their undeniable comfort, kitten heels also have the advantage of versatility. From skirts and trousers, to dresses and even shorts, this little heel adapts to all styles and shapes. Its only flaw? It doesn't lengthen the leg. Also, it's essential for shorter wearers to avoid pairing it with long, wide trousers, which can further shorten the figure. That said, its best allies are still a pair of straight-cut jeans for an urban look (Levi 501s + your favourite top + kitten heels), and a skirt or midi dress for a more sophisticated style. In the middle of winter, the more adventurous among you could also try baggy pants tucked into boots for a more sporty aesthetic.
Finally, the only pitfall to avoid in the quest for the perfect pair of these small-heeled shoes: the shape of the toe. While square toes are very much on trend, pointed toes are also an excellent option. Be careful with the rounded toe, however, which is trickier to pull off, not only giving the illusion of a shorter leg, but also more of an old lady feel. The best way to add a touch of sex appeal is to reveal a little more foot using a scalloped or a peep-toe model, or by opting for the slingback, the most versatile shoe of the moment.
Once viewed as proportional to the height of our heels, nowadays femininity is expressed in different ways. While trainers have recently been gaining significant ground, a minor fashion revolution is underway, led by the kitten heel, a more practical heel designed for those who want to combine comfort and style. And they are much more wearable than they first appear. Let's take a look.
Forget their conservative reputation
Worn by Audrey Hepburn at the height of her career, the "kitten heel" was the shoe of choice for girls in the 50s and 60s. But like any It-shoe, these mini heels (often deemed too conservative) ended up falling out of fashion, and were quickly forgotten in favour of platforms and other stiletto heels. But fashion, as we all know, has a way of coming round again, and the kitten heel has been experiencing a resurgence for a few seasons now. As worn by several global icons (Michelle Obama springs to mind), this quirky heel is firmly back on trend.
Footwear with a fun side
With reinvention comes innovation. Back again for Autumn/Winter 2019, smaller heels are not only comfortable, but sculptural too. From Yuul Yie's architectural pieces to the delicate spirals of Rejina Pyo's designs, this season’s kitten heels are anything but boring. And if you’re looking to send an even stronger message, By Far's graphic boots and Reike Nen's intricate pieces are the perfect way to attract attention as you come and go with ease... with just a few extra centimetres in height.