Kitten heels are high-heeled shoes with a slender and elongated heel with a height of approximately 1 inches to 2 inches (3.5 cm to 4.75 cm). They have a slight arc setting the slender heel in from the edge of the shoe. The kitten heels style is believed to have been popularized by Audrey Hepburn who iconized the heel as elegant and sophisticated. They are a shorter version of stiletto shoes whose heels can even be 5 inches tall.
History of the Kitten Heels
Kitten heels were presented in the late 1950s as an official outfit for young girls, especially adolescent and teenage girls since the available higher heels were considered inappropriate for these young girls due to unease during walking and sexual connotations. In the US, these heels were commonly referred to as “trainer heels” since they were intended in getting teenage girls ready to use other higher heeled shoes. Nevertheless, in the early 1960s, the kitten heels became a trending fashion even for older teenagers as well as for women in almost all age brackets until the departure of stiletto heel at the end of the year 1960. They later emerged in the 1980s hence becoming more fashionable since 2003. However, they are not made in abundance since most women prefer stiletto heels. Nonetheless, kitten heeled shoes are still doing well in the shoe market especially after Michelle Obama was regularly seen in them.
Popular brands of Kitten Heels
Kitten heels are commonly found in the form of pumps, sandals, or boots. The most popular brands include but not limited to the capped toe kitten heel bootie from Versace collection, Kat kitten heel from Lilly Pulitzer, as well as the Aurelian 2 by Vince.
Kitten heel is back into the market as a popular shoe for women. This is the best solution for women who do not love the extra height that comes with heels but still want to have that sexiness of a heel. They are easy to walk with and they give a lovely feminine appearance. Try it today if you have not yet done so.