For many of us women who have reached the spicy age of 50 or above, the days of 4 inches heels are blowing in the wind. To women who are rocking this height, you just go. For those of us with large legs and ankles (that sometimes swell), a lower height is gentler on the calves and better for the back. So, how do you combine shoe comfort with sexiness to get fabulous looking feet? It is the kitten heel shoe. Who knew? According to Wikipedia, a kitten heel is a short stiletto heel, usually from 1.5 inches to 1.75 inches high, with a slight curve setting the heel in from the back edge of the shoe.
Kitten Heel Shoe History
According to crfashion.com, the kitten heel has been around since the time of Louis XIV of France when he donned trademark red heels during his reign from 1643 to 1715.
Per Wikipedia, the name was created in the 1950s as a reference to shoes that could be considered training heels for “kittens,” meaning young girls, as a way to gradually get them acclimated to wearing high heel shoes. The style had gone in and out of fashion for years but gained a resurgence in the 1950s and 1960s when they were worn by such actresses as Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. Most recently, the kitten heel has been on the runway show of major design houses. Kitten heel
Two of my favorite kitten heel shoe brands is Nine West Zingy and Ann Klein Expert. They exude sexy in super comfortable styles.
My go-to store for shoes is 6PM.com. They have great brands for super discounted prices and reasonable shipping. For splurges, it is Nordstroms, which is known for their depth and breadth of sizes and styles. Don’t forget Nordstrom Racks for the brand’s off-price clearinghouse. Other alternatives include Amazon, DSW, Zappos, and Dillards.
Kitten Styles for Every Occasion!
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