The Return Of Kitten Heels

Kitten heels first introduced in the 1950’s tend be one of the most polarizing shoes in the fashion world. As a stylist I can tell you first hand that some of my close friends and clients actually despise the demure little heel and think of them as a relic from another era or dismiss them completely as shoes for young girls.


Audrey Hepburn

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon

At the peak of their popularity in the late fifties and early sixties kitten heels were the shoe of choice for actress Audrey Hepburn, but as the sixties marched on the kitten heel all but disappeared save for a brief revival in the 1980’s. I know that a lot of fashion publications have been hailing the return of kitten heels for a few years now, but 2016 may be the year they actually break through into the mainstream. I’ve already been seeing them on celebrities like Reese Witherspoon and Taylor Swift and they’re starting to pop up on fashion blogs too. So before dismissing this cute little heel let’s explore what they’ve become and how you can work this shoe into your wardrobe.

Luxury designers like Valentino, Christian Louboutin and  Jimmy Choo are putting an entire new spin on the kitten heel with sling back and strappy designs as well as prints and embellishments.

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If luxury isn’t quite in your budget, but you still want to try the kitten heel trend Sole Society have several adorable styles to choose from as well.