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Kitten Heels: Combining Vintage Flair and Timeless Style

by Neletha Skelton November 17, 2016

Kitten Heels: Combining Vintage Flair and Timeless Style

Did you ever dream of wearing your mother's high heels when you were a little girl? If so, you were probably begging her to buy you a pair of high heels once you were a teenager. You wanted to exude the elegance and power provided by these beloved shoes. Maybe your mom compromised and let you get a pair of kitten heels instead.

A lot of women consider kitten heels the perfect "trainer heels" for teenage girls. They offer just enough height to make you feel sophisticated without the pressure of high heels.

Even though the heels on these shoes are small, the history and impact they have in the fashion world are big. Here's some more information about the influential style of kitten heels.

The History of Kitten Heels

Kitten heels became immensely popular among teenage girls in the 1950s. They offered a similar aesthetic appeal to stilettos, but it was easier to walk in them.

The shoes were small, light, and had a slim heel that was typically 1.5 to 1.75 inches high. The heel had a slight curve, which set it in from the back edge of the shoe. In addition, these kitten heels usually had a pointed toe to give them a more feminine appearance.

As these girls grew older, they continued to wear kitten heels, ignoring the release of new stiletto styles by the 1960s fashion industry.

Kitten Heels in Pop Culture

Kitten heels became more attractive as celebrities faced the public with them on. For example, actress Audrey Hepburn popularized these shoes in films like Sabrina, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and Funny Face.

She was a style icon of the 1950s and 1960s, inspiring women to wear these practical yet fashionable shoes. Even First Lady Michelle Obama flaunted kitten heels in the spotlight numerous times.

Although these shoes appear subtle compared to other shoe types, they possess a classic design that goes with anything.

The Modernization of Kitten Heels

The sensible design of kitten heels shows comfort and style aren't mutually exclusive things. This proves any shoe type can be fashionable with the right aesthetic appeal. For example, kitten heels are often seen as a more sophisticated version of flats.

We admire this style enough to tweak it in a way that optimizes your lifestyle. Our collection of kitten heels is designed with our patented nanoGel® technology to support your feet. It activates under body weight to absorb the shock from walking and redistribute foot pressure. This takes the comfort you experience with your average kitten heels to a new level.

How to Wear Kitten Heels

Kitten heels' versatility makes them perfect for any season or outfit. Our nude pair is an excellent example of a style that simply goes with everything.

Go darker for the colder seasons. For example, black suede kitten heels are a great option for the fall or winter seasons. Pair them with your favorite cocktail dress or a pair of skinny jeans.

Wear a pair of open-toe kitten heels with an ankle strap for warmer weather. They look cute with a sundress, skirt, or cropped pants during the spring or summer time.

Ready to give our fabulous kitten heels a try? Shop all pumps now, and find a pair (or two) you like.
Neletha Skelton
Neletha Skelton

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Women's Shoe Size Guide

US Size

Euro Size

UK Size



4 34 1/2 2 21 8 1/4
4.5 35 2.5 21.5 8 1/2
5 35 1/2 3 21.5 8 5/8
5.5 36 3.5 22.5 8 3/4
6 37 4 22.5 9
6.5 37 1/2 4.5 23 9 1/8
7 38 5 23.5 9 1/4
7.5 38 1/2 5.5 24 9 1/2
8 39    6 24 9 5/8
8.5 39 1/2 6.5 24.5 9 3/4
9 40    7 25 10
9.5 40 1/2 7.5 25.5 10 1/8
10 41 8 26 10 1/4
10.5 41 1/2 8.5 26.5 10 1/2
11 42 9 26.5 10 5/8
11.5 42 1/2 9.5 27 10 3/4
12 43    10 27.5 11
* U.S. conversions are listed next to a country or region's nearest size equivalent. * Items may not be offered in all sizes. Measurements in Inches and CM refer to foot heel-to-toe length.