Trends are cyclical, though sometimes in unexpected ways. With the dELiA*s-style
Y2K aesthetic back in full force, the most polarizing silhouettes have made a major return with the fashion set — think low-rise jeans, bucket hats, Spice Girls-inspired platforms, and — on the other side of the shoe spectrum — kitten heels. Thankfully, as with all recurring trends, the best kitten heels have been reworked to better reflect the current season, so you won’t be surprised to find them with square toes, ankle straps, or sculptural detailing; as well as in a range of styles, including booties, mules, and sandals.
Once worn mostly for comfort, the kitten heel has now become a go-to for influencers, street style mavens, and other fashion-world fixtures. This season’s runways have shown so many iterations of the love-them-or-hate-them shoe, like pairs with slingback straps, puffed uppers, ankle buckles, or even thong silhouettes — and all of them are
perfect for every occasion on your calendar. Seriously, it's possible to dress up a pair of flip-flops — who knew?
Whether you're a full supporter of the trend or quietly hoping to convert, read on to shop 10 of the best kitten heels on the market, from minimalist mules to statement-making sock booties and beyond.
1 A Pair Of ’90s-Inspired Kitten Heel Sandals
Tempted to try the ’90s-inspired trend seen on every influencer on your grid? Look no further than these
thong sandals. They’re ever-so-slightly taller than a classic pair of kitten heels and are made from smooth faux leather with a squared toe. Once controversial, this silhouette is now all the rage, thanks to celebs like Kendall Jenner, who wore hers with a colorful, slinky slip dress. Keep in mind that this style comes in black, brown, and white, but there are plenty of other versions to consider on the same page, like those with even higher heels or puffy, braided straps. Available sizes: 5 — 15 Available styles: 21 2 These Slingback Kitten Heels At An Unbelievably Low Price
No, your eyes are not deceiving you: These
kitten heels are legitimately under $25. Finished with pointed toes, stretchy slingback straps, and low vamps, this pair has all of the makings of a day-to-night staple — they’d look equally fabulous with distressed jeans on the weekends as they would with wide-leg culottes for the office. And, at such a great price, you might as well grab every rendition. The mint-colored pair here features croc-embossed faux leather, but you can also choose from black faux suede and faux patent leather in beige. Available sizes: 5–5.5 — 10 Available colors: 3 3 These Puffy Slide Sandals That Tap Into A Few Major Trends
Inspired by this season’s
puffy sandal trend, these slides have a pillowy strap with a cool crossover detail, plus an equally on-trend square toe. The heel is slightly taller than your average kitten heel (the heel measures 1.5 inches), but they’re still lower than most heels — and how can you resist that effortlessly cool silhouette? Each color is made from genuine leather, whether you go with tan (pictured), red, black, or turquoise. Available sizes: 6 — 10 Available colors: 4 4 A Pair Of Chic, Kitten Heel Mules That Come In 5 Creative Styles
Slip into these
Loeffler Randall mules day or night to make any outfit look impossibly chic. They have pointed toes and a beautifully curved shape that’s akin to an unenclosed, high-vamp pump. Perhaps the most interesting thing about this pair is the variety of styles they come in. Classic black suede is shown here, but you can also make a statement with a pair covered in silver sequins, sheer mesh paneling, or leopard-print suede with a circular metal heel. Available sizes: 5 — 12 Available styles: 5 5 These Cool Sock Booties With An Eclectic, Layered Look
sock booties are an instant look. Constructed from a mix of suede and a stretchy, ribbed-knit fabric, they have the look of a sock-and-pump (a perennial cool-girl combo), but the feel of a bootie. A curved heel adds edge to this eclectic-yet-sophisticated shoe, which would look chic whether dressed up with wool trousers, or worn more casually with a pair of jeans. Aside from gray, they’re also available in black. Available sizes: 6 — 10 Available colors: 2 6 A Pair Of Snake-Print Boots With A Low Kitten Heel
Every facet of these
boots screams fashion. From the mid-calf height to the wide shaft to the utterly chic snake print, this pair is destined to be the focal point of your next look. Wear them with a midi skirt for a bit of an ‘80s-throwback look, or a minidress to skew more ‘90s. Plus, with that low kitten heel, the lightly padded footbeds, and a pull-on silhouette sans closures, you can wear them comfortably all night long. Available sizes: 5 — 12 Available colors/prints: 3 7 These Kitten Heel Slides That Come In So Many Great Colors
From classic colors like black, red, and white to unexpected shades like purple, polka-dot mesh, and metallic green, there’s a pair of
mules to match every mood. With soft, padded insoles and low heels, they’ll stay comfortable whether you slip them on for work, a party, or while on vacation. Most shades are made from faux leather, like the lilac pictured above, but a few are made of faux suede or have sheer mesh or plastic paneling. Available sizes: 5 — 10 Available colors: 19 8 These Retro-Chic Pumps With An Ankle Strap
Franco Sarto pumps are one of the more comfortable picks on this list, thanks to a tapered kitten heel, while the pointed toe and buckled ankle strap are pure class. The retro-chic, slightly French feel pairs naturally with a pleated midi skirt or polka-dot anything; or, how about a pair of crisp dark wash jeans and a silk blouse? Pick them up in one of the genuine suede versions in red, gray, or purple, or try the snake-embossed black leather for something a bit edgier. Available sizes: 4 — 12 Available colors: 5 9 These Transparent Sandals With A Flared Kitten Heel
Whether you like the look of PVC pumps with a classic blazer and slip skirt
à la Priyanka Chopra or go bold in full neon, these transparent heels will add an on-trend touch to any look. Because they have an architectural, flared heel, they’re even easier to walk in than classic heels — and they just look really, really cool. Though if you want something even more stable, you can opt for the block-heeled version that’s sold on the same page. Available sizes: 6 — 12 Available styles: 10 10 A Pair Of Luxe Orange Mules With A Bow On Top
Whether it’s intentional or not, the contrast between the punchy orange hue and black leather detailing on
these mules is inescapably reminiscent of the iconic Hermès box. Between that, the satin construction, and the bow on top, every step you take in these special shoes feels like a present to yourself. If you don’t love the orange, you can also get them in emerald green, which would be an amazing addition to your holiday-season rotation. Available sizes: 4 — 9 Available colors: 2 11 You Might Also Like: These Slides With An Asymmetric Block Heel
STAUD slides aren’t quite what you’d think of when you think “kitten heel,” but they’re an incredibly chic, accessible way to dip your toe into the trend. Plus, they have such a cool twist — literally. The designers at STAUD took the classic block heel and gave it a quarter rotation, adding an asymmetric point of interest to an otherwise quintessential pair of square-toe slides. The heel is super low, too, which makes them even more comfortable (the padded footbed also helps with that). This pair is made from smooth, cream-colored leather, but you may also like the tan version, which is also made of genuine leather. Available sizes: 6 — 10 Available colors: 1
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