The Cat Came Back – The Return of the Kitten Heel

We don’t know about you, but we’re getting a wee bit tired of the sky high, over-the-top Rachel Zoe inspired platform (with all due respect to the ever glamorous stylista, of course). Don’t get us wrong – we l-o-v-e our heels and would give them up for nothing and no one, but the market (and the streets) have been so over-saturated with the uber-high platform pump, that we were positively tickled to see a lower, more ladylike heel making its way down the spring/summer 2012 runways.

Known as the “kitten” heel, these beauties are less punishing than a six-inch boost, yet still offer an elegant, chic aesthetic to your day-to-day ensembles. Though we’re never afraid to give our all for fashion, we know our feet (and our doctors) will thank us for taking this – ahem – step down.

The Return of Kitten Heels

History – In the early 1950’s the kitten heel was introduced for teenage girls as a median between the flat Mary-Janes of childhood and the higher heels worn by adult women. With a thin stiletto-esque heel but measuring in at an age appropriate 1.5 – 2 inch, the kitten heel (also sometimes referred to as the “Sabrina Heel” – a nod to Audrey Hepburn in one of her iconic title roles), the kitten heel was the perfect way for young women to practice walking in heeled shoes.

With the turn of the decade came the flower child, and along with her, the thicker stacked or corked wedge heel; the feline-named footwear fell out of fashion. But, it’s back with a bang, thanks in part to Michelle Obama. These day-to-night, chic shoes are a great way to streamline your look without breaking your back (and in some cases, the bank!).

Our Picks –

Kitten Heel Picks

Just like the hems of our skirts, heel heights will always be going up and down. Our advice to you? Wear kitten heels with a well-cut trouser or chic, pleated skirt. Keep your look ladylike and classy!

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