A kitten heel is a short, tapered heel of approximately 1 to 2 inches height. As the name suggests, these were originally introduced for adolescent girls (often referred to as “trainer heels” in the US).
They are popular among women of all ages. If you love heels but hate the discomfort of high heels, these are a perfect choice for you. You are bound to fall in love with these shoes because of the added comfort and the height advantage.
For instance, if have a wedding to attend and the pointed and round toes just do not satiate you, kitten heels will work their magic on your couture sari, lehenga or anarkali. When it comes to traditional Indian wear, a metallic shimmery pair of open-toed heels is the most impeccable pick.
Introduced in the late 1950s, this style was highly popularized by the timeless fashion icon Audrey Hepburn. Though it was brought in vogue in the west as a fashion choice, paintings of yesteryear Indian queens like Maharani Indira Devi clearly highlights their lionization in historical India.
Photograph: (Left) Kangna Ranaut; (right) Sonam Kapoor often wears kitten heels on a day out
To talk of fashion and leave out Bollywood is a cardinal sin. Our very own Bollywood beauties are also smitten by these lovely little heels.
Wear a classic black leather pair in a vintage mode with an elegant dress. To further enhance your look, cinch your waist with a belt like Kangana Ranaut.
If you love to experiment, you could take cues from the fashion diva Sonam Kapoor. No matter what you wear, there is a perfect pair of kitten heels waiting to complete your look. Opt for a pair of colour blocked slingbacks and if you are a fan of bling, go for a dazzling bejeweled pair in a complementing hue.
Take a tip or two from the very chic late Princess Diana to wear it with a formal attire to work. If you prefer to dress up in a classy semi-formal fashion, wear it with a circle skirt like Michelle Obama and add a classic pearl necklace to your ensemble. Open toes are a big NO for this style.
Whether or not you agree with her politics, who doesn’t admire Sonia Gandhi’s handloom saris and the beautiful way she drapes them. Well, you will also relish the fact that you can wear comfy kitten heels with saris too.
Photograph: Deepika Padukone (left) Sara Jessica Parker (middle), and Done By None green suede kitten heels, Rs 1540 @ Koovs.com (right)
So you already love this plush staple but are wondering if you can wear them on a casual day out. You sure can!
Wear it with a relaxed dress like Sarah Jessica Parker and you are sure to make heads turn. These heels give shape to your calf muscles and make you look taller and leaner.
And if you are in the mood for a more laid-back look, Deepika Padukone shows us how to wear them with jeans and a basic shirt. A pair of coloured suede kitten heels is your best bet for this look. If you prefer a basic tee or sweatshirt instead of a shirt, go for it!
Why wait then! Invest a little of your time and money into buying a good pair of kitten heels and you are sure to reap the rewards for quite some time.