Kitten heels get a bad rap from bloggers who insist women should be wearing a higher heel. Let’s face it: not everyone can pull off a 5-inch heel, and not everyone who can wants to. There’s a time and a place for every shoe. And in a work environment, high heels can be hazardous and restricting. Don’t believe the hype — you don’t need a higher heel for a polished look. Here’re four reasons why kitten heels are awesome for the workplace.
Kitten Heels are Easy to Walk In
If your job requires a lot of moving around, wearing high heels every day can lead to serious problems in the long run. If you want a heel that won’t limit your walking ability, a lower heel is often the answer. This kitten heel from Saks Fifth Avenue is lightly padded, and the heel is only 2 inches high. Whether you’re walking briskly from building to building or darting to catch a train, the smaller heel makes all that movement easier. There’s no shame in it! These nude kitten heels are just as cute as a higher heel would be. If you need some added comfort, use a shoe insert inside to support the foot.
Kitten Heels Can Pretend to be Taller
For a shorter heel that gives the illusion of a taller heel, choose a kitten heel with an ankle strap. The lower heel plus the buckle at the ankle that keeps your shoe in place while you walk make for a very stable walking shoe. This open-toed heel from the Nordstrom Rack has a small shell around the heel for added comfort.
Kitten Heels are an Alternative to Flats
There’s nothing wrong with wearing flats, but if you’re getting bored with your flat collection, it’s easy to transition into a kitten heel. Some even look like flats, like this from Easy Spirit — they actually have a 1 1/4-inch heel, which is enough to add a bit of sway to your step! Even better, this shoe comes in 15 colors and wide sizes. A lightweight kitten heel like this can be worn to the office almost all year around.
A Pointed Toe is Always on Point
Shop it: Desi Heels, $34.98, SoleSociety.com
Another reason to love kitten heels is that many of them come in a classic, pointed toe. There is a multi-generational love for this style, because it’s simple and so ready-to-wear. These modern green plaid shoes from Sole Society are work- and play-friendly. And, plaid is perfect for the fall, but can be worn year around too. If you have a good amount of solid colors in your wardrobe, there’s nothing better than a cute shoe to add a pop of personality to an outfit.
What do your kitten heels look like?