The Quiet Return of Kitten Heels

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Kitten heels are no longer just found in the back of grandma’s closet. Like a quiet storm, kitten-heels have made a major comeback to the runway. Regardless if you like it or not.

Rummaging through fashion’s archives, the most influential labels Vetements, Dior, Céline, and Gucci have adopted this trend into their collections. Fashion innovators have embraced the kitten heel trend, and it’s only a matter of time before everyone else follows. This Spring/Summer 2017 collection showcased that; as a testimony to kitten heels becoming the new “on the go” slide to accompany any look. The adoption of sportswear and masculinity into womenswear has called for a simplistic heel. As an elegant shoe, the pairing of kitten heels with a tracksuit and/or boyfriend jeans has embodied a youthful sexiness.


Often mistaken for looking matronly for their grandma-esque appearance, the kitten heel is often overlooked. In the late nineties, kitten heels were seen as the perfect touch for skinny black trousers of slip dresses. But, as the fashion world developed kitten heels were left in the past. Although they are still apart of office wear, this minimalist footwear was in dire need of inspiration.

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Kitten Heels are chic and add a touch of glam no matter the lower heel height. If you seek an edgier and updated style of the classic, you might favor the mule-kitten heel hybrid.

An unexpected comeback and now 2017’s must have shoe. Here’s why you should add kitten heels to your collection.

Massimo Dutti Red Velvet Mules
Kurt Geiger Kitten Heel
Manolo Blahnik Snakeskin mules
Rochas Velvet Kitten Heel
Givenchy Velvet Kitten Heel
Charlotte Olympia Kitten Heel
Sportmax Kitten Heel
Hermes Suede Kitten Heel
Veronique Branquinho Kitten Heel
Balenciaga Knife Mules
Zara V-cut
Dior Slingback
Boden Slingback
Christian Louboutin Embroidered Mesh Heel
Gianvito Rossi Satin Kitten Heel
Rochas Floral Lace Kitten Heel
& Other Stories Suede Slingbacks
No.21 Knotted Mule
H&M Patent Slingback
Mansur Gavriel Suede Heel


What does this mean for your stilettos? Will the kitten heel replace them? 

Courtney Wilkins

Celebrity Interviewer & Fashion Blogger

I am a Multimedia Journalist. I specialize in fashion but have a background in social media, editorial styling, content curation, and video production across print, digital and social platforms. As a Curator, I bring a fresh perspective which exposes creative innovative fashion visionaries.