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Kitten Caboodle

We can't continue talking trends during Women's History Month without talking SHOES! Stereotype or not, some of us do find ridiculous pleasure in beautiful shoes, so today I thought we'd kick off a fabulous footwear series with some comfy kitten heels. 

Kitten heels are slim heels of about 1-2", and they're totally controversial, with some deeming them completely unflattering and others championing them as the savior of women's feet everywhere. But where does this tension come from? And how can you predict who will love your kitten heels and who will hate them?

Positive Connotations

  • Comfortable
  • Retro
  • Ladylike
  • Practical (i.e., you've got Important Stuff to Do, and you can't waste time teetering on platforms)
  • More polished than a flat
  • Trendy

Negative Connotations

  • Pedestrian (literally and figuratively)
  • Old
  • Old-Fashioned
  • Dowdy
  • Challenged (i.e., you only wear them because you can't wear a higher, sexier heel)
  • Superfluous (e.g., why not be fully comfortable and wear a flat?)

The most common argument against kitten heels is that they are neither here nor there - they aren't leg-lengthening enough to look better than a flat, and yet they also aren't quite as comfortable and practical as a flat. This lack of figure flattery leads some to believe that kitten heels are only for older women who wish they could wear a high heel but who are stymied by physical limitations.

To avoid looking dowdy or like you haven't shopped for shoes since 2002, pair your kitten heels with elements that are youthful and edgy, such as pointed toes, mule/slingback uppers, trendy ankle details, or embellishments like fur/rhinestones/prints/tassels. If you are worried about the look of your calf, you can also jump on the comfy shoe trend with a more substantial block heel, which can make your legs look slimmer in comparison.

I actually love the look of kitten heels, but I find them too low for my arches. I far prefer them to sky-high stiletto platforms! Anyone out there jumping on kitten heels? Do they feel demure and ladylike to you - or just "old-lady-like"?