Kitten heels get their name because they are exceptionally cutesy, just like a kitten. Not only that, they impart a minx-like aura upon the wearer, women who wear them have a playful, slightly naughty, character - at least that is the message conveyed.
It was popularised during the 50s and 60s, largely because they were worn by the iconic women of the era, notable amongst these women was Audrey Hepburn.
A normal shoe in this style will sport a heel between 3 and 6 cm in height - making them slightly more difficult to walk in than a standard heel, but with the advantage that they elongate the legs, making them appear svelte and slender.
Heels are currently experiencing a revival in fashion circles, this is largely down to a number of high-profile women wearing them in public, Michelle Obama, for instance, is particularly fond of stepping out in a pair of kitten shoes. Trendy, stylish, and sophisticated, they make the perfect addition to any woman's wardrobe this season.
These heels can be found on a variety of different styles of shoe. Of particular prominence this season are the kitten-heeled ballet-style shoes. This style is particularly popular because they can be worn with many different outfits, and are suitable for different occasions, from casual lunches to formal weddings, the kitten-heeled pump works perfectly.
Another popular shoe that sports a kitten heel is the sandal - they are great for summer months and can be worn to the beach or just for a gentle stroll down the promenade.
As a type of heel, kitten heels are perfect for women of short stature who would like to add a little height, without having to learn to walk in difficult heels, such as stilettos. The kitten heel has a wider surface area than a stiletto, giving providing a lot more balance for the wearer. For women who are interested in wearing stilettos, but find them impossible to walk in, kitten heels can offer the perfect solution; moreover, they can be used as a kind of training shoe that will prepare you for a stiletto heel, helping to hone balance and poise before venturing up to the more complicated type of heel.
For the winter months, a boot is much more favourable than a sandal... in the UK at any rate. A kitten heel on a pair of boots will look great, they are sexy, and yet practical too. The kitten heel is suitable for a variety of boots, but tends to look better with longer uppers - so over-the-knee and thigh-high boots are best suited to this style of heel.
These kind of heels are perfect for the office; they add a touch of formality, while maintaining a fashionable aura. Of course, for the purposes of work, opt for a black colour - to make the shoes a little more interesting, opt for one's with ornamental additions, such as silver buckles, brooches, or buttons.