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Luxe to Less
27 September 2023

Luxe to Less: The Kitten Heel

Spotted on the ultra trendy fashion folk this fashion month, here's why you need to invest in a kitten heel this spring.

The kitten heel always has a way of making a comeback into the vernacular of fashion, and this year, its the shoe of choice for the ultra chic. Spotted on runways and the high streets alike, here is our list of must-have moments for the kitten heel, no matter your budget.

Words By Brittany Lyons


One of the most fabulous places to peruse and contemplate the purchase of a new set of kitten heels this season, is undoubedtly the high end retailer. Shopping these cute style of shoes chez NET-A-PORTER, Matches Fashion & MyTheresa is an absolute dream of chicness!

So, if you’re enamoured by the versatility yet total put-togetherness that a kitten heel offers, and happy to spend $1,000 or over on a set, then let us direct your eye to the curation of luxury kitten heels featured below…

A personal favourite this season and top of my wishlist for the festive period are the Gucci Slingback Embellished Kitten Heels. This iconic design by Gucci is a rerun of a design that was popular in the Tom Ford era of the fashion house, and have design elements that subtly celebrate the 90’s and naughties. Diamonties and crystal G on the heel aside, these glitzy shoes just as easily dressed down as they can be dressed up. Pair the micro heeled Guccis with some light denim and you’ve got yourself a fabulous Saturday brunch or gallery look.

For something a little less glitzy and a little more demure, this kitten heel iteration from our friends over at Toteme are a big YES! The elongated point, the simplicity and (of course) the tiny heel, all make sure this pair of shoes is at the top of the chic list! The greatest thing is that they can accompany you from day to night and your feet won’t be hating you by the end of it.

Bottega Veneta Stretch Kitten-heel Leather Mules, $1,390, Matches Fashion



Fun, flirty and fabulous kitten heels don’t have to cost an arm and a (tiny) leg, and this curation of footwear totally proves that. If you’re eager to jump into the ultra chic world of the kitten heel and don’t want to fork out over a grand, then allow us to to introduce some mid-market masterpieces, that will set you back between $500 and just under $1,000.

A more accessibly priced alternative to the standout pair of Gucci Slingbacks from above are this incredible pair of somewhat slippers somewhat can wear wherever you please, from Sleeper. The Green Pom Pom Heel is utterly fabulous and would be a great pop of fun to any outfit, and when we say any, we mean any! Why not have a little fun and wear something that induces total joy?!

Next in line, in order of adoration would undoubtedly be these Studio Amelia kitten heeled slingback sandals. TheBeige Wishbone 50 Heeled Sandals are the ideal option for a formal event where you can’t be bothered being uncomfortable all day but can be bothered looking put together and on-trend. These would look phenomenal at a summer-time wedding with a long flowy dress and statement pair of earrings.

Aeyde Melia Leather Point-toe Pumps, $720.75, Net-A-Porter


Just as everything in fashion trickles its way down from the ultra luxury to the ultra affordable, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping for a kitten heel at the high-street level. Thanks to trusty retailers such as ASOS and The Iconic, there are plenty of kitten heels to purchase, that fall well under the $500 mark.

Purchasing in line with the chrome trend that is sweeping the world thanks to Beyoncés Renaissance tour, these ultra futuristic and shiny iterations from The Iconic’s private label, DAZIE, are a big yes. The Penelope Slingback Kitten Heel is the perfect balance of fun and wearable, and we’re big, big fans.

In what can only be described as drawing it’s design inspiration from the iconic flats from Ganni, these denim kitten heels from Stradivarius are giving Scandinavian cool chic, and we’re here for it! They would pair excellently with a feminine and flouncy summer dress or some black leather trousers for something a little edgier.

For a dupe of the viral Jimmy Choo that one Miss Hailey Bieber has been spotted wearing all summer long, these Wittner Katalina Leather Kitten Heel Sandals certainly do the trick! Somewhere between a sandal, thing and kitten heel, we think they’d get a total work out during the hot months thanks to their viral versatility.

Wittner Katalina Leather Kitten Heel Sandals, was $200 now $150, The Iconic


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