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Prepare to worship at the altar of kitten heels

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I last wore a pair of kitten-heel shoes on the shop floor of Harvey Nichols when I was a shop girl in the 90s. Black suede, probably from Office, low enough to wear all day, elegant enough to go with pencils skirts – oof, they were bloody brilliant. Mine were plain black, nothing like the ever-so-fancy kitten heels in the shops right now. Like their own walking fashion statement, I currently have my eye on a yellow pair by Marni.

Let’s face it, weddings and kitten heels are a match made in heaven. Low, but still ‘a heel’, they’re perfect for standing around in all day long. Plus, given the low heel height, in theory feet should remain pain-free, allowing for lots of dancefloor action later on. (YES!) Comfort aside, the thing I love most about all the highly decorative kitten heels in the shops right now is they’re so elaborate that should you run out of small talk with strangers, you can always talk about your shoes. Er, phew.

“If you’re anything like me and find it hard to break the ice with people you’ve never met before, make like a model in the spring/summer 18 Miu Miu show and wear your kitten heels with a pair of knee-length socks”

One last thing: when it comes to dress lengths and kitten heels, I reckon to-the-floor maxis and low shoes aren’t the greatest combo in the world. Instead, go for sticky-out prom-style skirts that land just below the knee or, even better still, a slimmer, pencil silhouette dress or skirt (Breakfast at Tiffany’s, eat your heart out). If you’re anything like me and find it hard to break the ice with people you’ve never met before, make like a model in the spring/summer 18 Miu Miu show and wear your kitten heels with a pair of knee-length socks. As a woman who’ll do anything to avoid small talk, I might just do that.

The Kitten Heel Edit

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