The Controversial Shoe Trend Everyone Dreads Is Actually Perfect For Summer
TBH, our feet are so ready.
At some point during the past year, many of us felt conflicted when it came to fashion. Would we ever go back to wearing a bra again? Or slip into shapewear? Or buy designs that feature a million annoying little buttons and straps — a far cry from the stretchy somethings we've gotten used to throwing on?
For those who enjoy the art of dressing up, the answer to all of this leans toward yes. The evidence that has us truly convinced? The return of heels — or kitten heels, to be exact.
See, while everyone was heavily debating the stiletto comeback, this confusing in-between style snuck its way back into our lives, just like thong jeans and popcorn shirts. It's true that a few short years ago, kitten heels were considered questionable — a design that didn't make much sense due to such a teeny tiny elevation. But in a post-pandemic fashion world, these shoes are sort of like training wheels; the pit stop before we fully embrace outrageous fashion once again.
Plus, we can't forget that these babies are versatile, too. Kitten heels have the ability to pull double duty, taking the place of both flats and higher heels, and whether you chose to wear them with jeans or a sequined skirt, they'll work every time. Ahead, we've rounded up a few outfit ideas to prove this point and profess our love for this slight height-booster, along with a few suggestions for you to shop.
Looking for a shoe to throw on with a breezy summer dress? Kitten heels are a small step up from flats, but compared to sky-high stilettos, they're easier for walking, balancing, and wearing throughout the night.
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Even though we've been craving fancier fashion, we'll never, ever give up leggings and loungewear. Kitten heels can make stretchy staples seem sleeker and more dressed up, especially when teamed with a structured jacket, such as a blazer.
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Sure, trends work on a rotating basis, but there's a reason this shoe is never 'out' for long. Kitten styles are subtle and sweet, but pointed-toe options work to elongate your legs, just like higher heels. Invest in a neutral pair that you can hold onto for years to come.
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Yes, these shoes still have the ability to make a major statement. They're currently sold in a variety of bright colors, and many include jewels, bows, or strappy details that will both complement sequins and other over-the-top looks, but also pop against the most basic of outfits.
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Kitten heels are a known throwback, but while some may associate them with '60s fashion, they were also pretty popular in the '90s — meaning they'll pair perfectly with all the mini skirts, crop tops, sexy cardigans, and boot-cut jeans that have recently resurfaced in our closets.
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They Provide Balance
This footwear option is famous for being the ultimate happy medium. Want to keep your outfit from feeling too dressed down, but aren't willing to risk it in platforms? Kitten heels. Need an elevated yet comfortable shoe to go with an elaborate dress? Kitten heels. Depending on the details, they'll add playfulness to your look or tone it down, and work as a go-to solution for multiple style dilemmas.
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