Words by Síomha Connolly
January 11th, 2017
Disregarded by many at the turn of the 21st century as the Noughties saw the introduction of sky-high stilettos, the kitten heel has long been shunned as a style that is neither here nor there. Now, though, it appears that high heels have had their time in the spotlight as lower heeled shoes are trickling back onto the catwalks.
Fashion houses from Dior and Prada to Gucci and Céline have all heralded the return of the kitten heel for spring/summer 2017. Reinterpreting their original designs, these brands are leading the pack but it is newcomers like Mansur Gavriel, Vetements and The Row who are offering an immediately current take on the trend- think cone heels, open backs and ribbon tie detailing. With of-the-moment designers like Demna Gvasalia and Alessandro Michele advocating a new style, you know it’s a sure runner. And with these shoes, run you will. Not only stylish but practical too, the kitten heel will be your wear with everything shoe fit for every occasion.
While fashion is continuing to enjoy the idea of comfort why not embrace the trend and let your feet rejoice at the low heel movement. An accessible and practical trend, new renditions feature architectural shapes and contemporary detailing from mesh to metallics helping to modernise the classic style. In order to keep your look current, pair your kitten heels with straight leg or boyfriend jeans and an oversized sweatshirt- prim and proper is not the order of the day this time around.
If a pair of kitten heels are to be the next addition to your wardrobe then look no further as we’ve rounded up a selection of the best on the market, from high street to high end, for you to shop now.
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