How to wear the kitten heel without looking like an Atomic Kitten

Post by TM

2019 is having an identity crisis. I think it will generally continue to be a confusing time for fashion until it’s the twenties again (next January, what?!) and we can comfortably Charleston around in our flapper dresses and Louise Brooks hair.

But for now, we’re to relive the nineties and early aughts. Together. In one outfit. I’m talking a Nirvana t-shirt with a mini skirt. Ripped baggy jeans with a cowl neck top. Cropped flares with kitten heels. Don’t speak shriek, you’ll grow to accept these mutant combinations, just like you eventually began to love skinny jeans after all those years in Susst.

The kitten heel is not the enemy. It is an elegant and more comfortable alternative to a sky-high pump, but that doesn’t mean it’s sensible. You couldn’t call these Dior (J’Adior) beauties sensible, now could you? And you can’t say they’re ugly, either. Forming part of Maria Grazia Chiuri’s first collection for the beloved House, she paired them with office wear and clubbing clothes alike.


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Dior wasn’t the only brand bringing back the kitty; Celine, Prada, and Dries Van Noten also gave their models a break, as did¬†Vetements, with Manola Blahnik and Balenciaga.

The style is not restricted to a long front and slingback. How about trying a cylinder heel?

  • JW Anderson


  • Straps and bling by Prada


  • The Olsen aesthetic, The Row


The foolproof way to make your kitty purr? Wear with jeans.



screen-shot-2017-01-17-at-20-48-27Just make sure they are indeed a heel, and not an unfortunate looking shoe nipple.



This article has been updated from an earlier post, first published in January 2017 (and the kitten heel is still going strong!)

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