I have always loved a kitten heel, the diminutive heel that gives that little bit of height and elegance but still allows for movement. My mother loved a shoe and I think may have been responsible for my …. I’m not going to call it obsession …. love will do …. of the kitten heel. Now the kitten heel mule, thats a whole other story. Anyway she’s back, at least overseas, I’m still to find too many in local shoe shops.
I found these on the newly opened Australian online site of Zara. But have been know to cruise a site called The Real Real looking for Manolo Blahnik kitten heel in a size 40!
The classic heel shape has weaved in an out of fashion since the time of Louis XIV of France. Perhaps a reaction to towering heels and comfort shoes alike, the delicate heels were everywhere from Prada, Dior, Marni, Miu Miu, Bottega Veneta, and more on both the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 runways.
Here is a little history of the heel, and I love that Michelle Obama is a fan and apparently Marilyn Munroe..
In his time, the diminutive Sun King upped his stature through his trademark red heels (this was like, waaaay before Christian Louboutin). The heel-wearing trend in both a chunky and kitten style spread to other kings, who sported them at their coronations, and eventually led to ruling by the king that forbade members outside his court to sport them. In some circles, glancing at one shoes is still de rigueur—and definitely a way of judging people that has its roots in court life!
Pompous king aside, the kittens heels became popular once more in the 1950s. The name came about because the style was considered a training heel for “kittens,” aka young girls not ready for grown women’s high heel stilettos, which were also gaining in popularity thanks in part to Roger Vivier.
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