It’s been hard to justify clopping around in heels all day since it became fashionable to style sneakers with formalwear. Since 2014’s trainer revival, heels have headed in one direction: straight down. Sensible slides and block-heeled mules have kept us grounded for the past year. So why not go one step further and embrace the kitten heel?
As well as spindly kitten heels, we’ve included a selection of sturdier low heels in the shopping guide below (because rolling an ankle or getting caught in a street grate is a very real fear for some).
Sam Edelman, Ludlow Suede Pumps, $165
Here’s a clean and classic silhouette that goes with everything, from blue jeans, to cropped pants or a flowing skirt. US footwear label Sam Edelman has been around since 2004 – coincidentally the last time kitten heels had a moment.
Jaggar, Wove Heel, $169.95
This Adelaide-based label balances quality with a reasonable price point. The heel is only five centimetres high and comes in pale pink – the colour of the moment.
Ganni, Sabine Leopard-Print Suede Slingback Pumps, $265
These are exclusive to Net-a-Porter. The creative director of the Danish label Ditte Reffstrup describes this style as “a mix of ’70s escapism and early ’90s hedonism.” Made from soft suede, the straps can be styled as slingbacks or wound around your ankle.
LOQ, Carmen Mule, $425
Solange Knowles helped get this LA-based label noticed when she wore a pair of its heels in her music video for Don’t Touch My Hair. The label’s Carmen Mule has all the sophistication of a patent pump but with the ease of a slide. LOQ’s shoes are made in Spain and are available at Sydney’s Nice Martin in Paddington.
Beau Coops, Jasmin Mule, $479
Beau Coops is an Australian label that makes its shoes in Italy. This particular style is made in collaboration with Sydney-based womenswear label Romance Was Born. The Jasmin Mule is reminiscent of an 18th-century shoe with its big buckle and grosgrain fabric.
Dorateymur, Pink Elephant Heel Backless Pumps, $738
This one is both a shoe and a work of art. Dora Teymur is a London-based designer who makes theatrical, sculptural heels the fashion world is loving right now.
Trademark, Satin Suzanne Mule, $782
This 1950s-style heeled slipper (with a marabou puff) is made to be worn outside of the boudoir. Style with a long-line silk slip, or flowing silk pants and a crisp shirt. They’re made in Italy and their vibe is an endless holiday in the Mediterranean.