Michelle Obama has been heralded as the starter of the shoe trend everyone is talking about. Some are talking with glee and some with disgust.
It’s the kitten heel. The demi-heel of the shoe world. The in-betweener. Think of this shoe as your middle-ground footwear choice.
I can’t quite decide how I feel about the trend. I’m super tall, so I’ve never done towering heels (and never ever bought into the platform thing), and only occasionally wear moderate heels (that make me over 6ft).
Flats are my game – I have a love affair with pumps, brogues and the trusty All Star.
I have tried my hand at the kitten heel. There is something cute about it, in a very ladylike, prim, trustworthy secretary kind of way. And that’s just why many in the fashion world are turning their noses up at the thought of the kitten. It’s too ‘good’.
I did find some not-so-good types during my research though. Some boots and shoe-boots, and leopard prints. Very, very cute!
My best advice for donning the kitten heel is to either pair the lady-like style with something not so ladylike. In other words mix it up a bit with a rougher, harder look (think biker jackets, wet-look leggings, etc). Or go straight for the edgier shoe, that moves swiftly out of Audrey Hepburn’s arena.
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Images via Topshop, ASOS, Style Guide Cape Town and Refinery 29.