Return of the Kitten Heel

Return of the Kitten Heel

Every few seasons, the kitten heel takes its place back on the runway. I can never decide how I feel about them…

Are they super chic? As in too chic for me? Or are they dated? Too simple? Anti-sexy? Or are they the ideal solution for when you just can’t decide between heels and flats?

Note from Garance : “As for me, I’ve answered that question: I looooovee kitten heels but my feet are too long! If I wear a kitten heel it elongates them to the maximum, reaching the worrisome length…”

So what are they for you? The kitten heel, love it or hate it?

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  • Misslikey February, 26 2013, 4:22 / Reply

    Oh no. these can look cute sometimes but they make feet look huge. Mod heel is only small heel I wear.

  • CORY SCOTT February, 26 2013, 4:22

    They are 100% anti-sexy, except on supermodels who are 6″ tall anyways… I wouldn’t wear them if I wasn’t 6″ tall myself! It can look chic, but I think it’s for women who are a certain age…

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  • andreea February, 26 2013, 4:22

    this is one trend i don’t really understand: all the trouble of wobbling on a heel with none of the advantages…:)

  • Tian February, 26 2013, 4:23 / Reply

    I’m not a huge fan of the kitten heel shape but the one in the photo is lovely!

  • Rose and William February, 26 2013, 4:43 / Reply

    I absolutely love the kitten heel. I can wear them all day long without feeling as tired as when i wear high heels. The kitten heel is definitely sexy and very versatile, I love them with jeans or a nice pair of black trousers a la Emmanuel Alt and during the summer with a cute short skirt. mxx

  • Benedicte February, 26 2013, 4:47 / Reply

    En soi, je suis pas trop fan des kitten heels, mais vu que je mesure 1m78, que je ne travaille pas dans la mode et que je n’assume pas les talons de 10, ni même 8 ; je suis bien contente de trouver n’importe quel talon pas trop haut pour changer du plat.

  • Lucieloo February, 26 2013, 4:48 / Reply

    hate. hate. hate. hate. hate. gag. Partially because I don’t see the point and partially because in the past when I’ve tried them I trip all over myself. It’s like my brain can’t grasp the idea of heels that hardly lift you up, and I always take a tumble. Choose a side!!

  • Ines February, 26 2013, 4:51 / Reply

    Ouiiiiii, pour les longues tiges comme moi, l’occasion de porter enfin des talons sans se sentir une Ovni, je trouve ça feminin et ludique avec un petit côté rétro qui ne demande qu’à être décalé.Les sandales Prada ou celles de Valentino font auss ides grands pieds. Et alors?

  • Emmanuellelila February, 26 2013, 4:53 / Reply

    Définitivement pas : même si la chaussure est belle, je trouve que ça fait godiche sur moi et même en règle générale sur tout le monde … Jusqu à ce que je croise Emmanuelle Alt avec et je changerai d avis :-)


  • Annabel February, 26 2013, 5:01 / Reply

    En soit je dirais que c’est démodé. Mais enfait, sur un pantalon, je trouve ça chic ! Vraiment ! C’est ma maman quoi ! Ca a une connotation années 20, années 30 anti-vulgaire et anti-tape à l’oeil que j’aime !

  • shana February, 26 2013, 5:05 / Reply

    Im going to have to sit this trend out, I look like a stump when I wear kitten heels. It could be I’m not wearing them right . .

  • Melissa February, 26 2013, 5:05 / Reply

    Honestly, I am not a huge fan of the kitten heel. In my opinion they’re not very flattering. For me it’s either flats or a high heel. But to each their own, I guess.

  • Laura February, 26 2013, 5:09 / Reply

    Sincèrement ça ne me plait pas du tout! Pour ces 4 cm de hauteur, je préfère une paire de bottines, ou être totalement à plat avec des ballerines.

  • Rads February, 26 2013, 5:13 / Reply

    Am so happy they are back :D :D I do a lot of walking so don’t really like heels, but these would be a perfect upgrade from flats!

  • Maddy Marcel February, 26 2013, 5:19 / Reply

    Love, love, love, love the kitten heel. So chic! So ladylike!

  • Olivia February, 26 2013, 5:23 / Reply

    Just had a debate with my girlfriends on this. I kept saying I wanted a small heel, and they kept calling it a “kitten heel,” which gives me middle school flashback nightmares. I like the low heel, but as a pump (I am totally loving classic pumps with cuffed jeans and a boyfriend sweater) or cone heel.

  • Brigadeiro February, 26 2013, 5:25 / Reply

    I’m not a big fan of kitten heels because I am an ‘all or nothing’ girl. Either 4″+ or flat (although the Chloe Susanna boots are an exception). Possibly the real reason why I don’t like them is they are unflattering for my legs, and most of all, because the little heel seemed to wear out so quickly, and I’d have to replace them ALL the time! Wonder if that was just me…


  • lola February, 26 2013, 5:34 / Reply

    Je les adore, elles font une jolie jambe sans fatiguer le pied et ne transforment pas la démarche comme le font les talons hauts. Il faut cependant qu’elles ne soient pas trop pointues comme actuellement le sont les Prada. Les Ferragamo en lézard sont parfaites (mais je désaprouve l’utilisation des lézards, crocos etserpents d’eau).

  • Marcela February, 26 2013, 5:41 / Reply

    I made a mistake clicking a Like. Truth is, I Hate them with all my heart, not because of me, because of them!!!

  • lilimignonne February, 26 2013, 5:45 / Reply

    les petits talons je ne suis pas fan, mais on peut toujours trouver quelques exceptions qui me plaisent bien =) je ne savais pas que ça s’appellait comme ça en tout cas :)

  • FripperyVintage February, 26 2013, 5:47 / Reply

    I love kitten heels, I think they are easier to walk in than stilettos.

  • vasilieva February, 26 2013, 5:48 / Reply

    totally respect these shots. the style isn’t exactly up my alley, but i just love the tiny heels. so graphic and bold

  • sylva February, 26 2013, 5:57 / Reply

    Ce que j’aime est leur confort et aussi leur élégance surannée. Il y a un côté dame digne. Et aussi car c’est tout sauf cool et branché. J’en ai vraiment marre de ce besoin frénétique d’être cool et branché.

  • maya February, 26 2013, 5:57 / Reply

    Kitten heels only look nice on very thin legs (and a lithe frame) – Audrey Hepburn style.
    Otherwise, they will make your legs look stumpy. Then there is the question of the heel itself that needs to be repaired on a regular basis.
    I have exactly one pair of shoes with a kitten heel (out of something like 500) and I keep it because I think it is beautiful. Haven’t worn it in 10 years…

  • Bleu Poplar February, 26 2013, 5:59 / Reply

    I think if you can’t decide between them, you won’t necessarily get the best of the both worlds with kitten heels. It’d be difficult if the height isn’t perfect.

  • Binette February, 26 2013, 6:35 / Reply

    I like the kitten heels it’s very chic you just have to be careful not to look like a old lady by wearing the right pants or dress and right accessories!

  • CREEZY February, 26 2013, 6:38 / Reply

    un style intemporel et élégant ! facile à porter avec de nombreuses tenues mais il faut un pied fin et pas trop grand ;)

  • lpv February, 26 2013, 6:41 / Reply

    Love! Kitten Heels! They work great for me. a.) i am not very good at walking in something much higher, (although I dream of walking into a room with high heels and no one laughing1) and b sadly my body gets all out of wack after a short time and then I cannot run!

  • Lilas February, 26 2013, 7:18 / Reply

    C’est chic… sur une une femme grande et élancée !

  • jo February, 26 2013, 7:22 / Reply

    I loveeee them! Being slightly more vertically blessed in the asian society, I’ve been loving them since 16! A demure option that’s both sensible and fashionably chic ;)


  • ShibaGirl February, 26 2013, 7:35 / Reply

    Love, LOVE kitten heels. The look sexy, and put together, with the ease of flats. Like wearing heels without the need to change into more comfortable shoes.

  • Juli February, 26 2013, 7:42 / Reply

    Love ‘em!!! You can wear them all day and not be crippled and nothing looks more elegant under a tea-length skirt….please tell me that they are also coming back!

  • Rory February, 26 2013, 7:54 / Reply

    Grossssss!!!!!!!! So disgusting. Gag.

  • Emma February, 26 2013, 7:55 / Reply

    I adore the kitten heel. I wear a kitten heel nearly every day in one or another shade. They make me feel subtly sexy, more refined than an outrageous heel. More mysterious. I think of 1960′s Italian movie stars when I think of the kitten heel. I get what Garance is saying though. I’m lucky that I have tiny feet. But then I love really high heels but if I try and wear high heels like Garance does, I look completely ridiculous. The proportion is all wrong. I look like I’m trying way too hard.

  • Brandi February, 26 2013, 8:43 / Reply

    I am not a fan. It is either flat or high heel for me!

  • nomnom February, 26 2013, 9:56 / Reply

    The only thing I hate about kitten heels is their name.

  • C February, 26 2013, 10:26 / Reply

    I am a big fan, with a couple of caveats.
    One is that I have very small feet (36 Eu) and very small ankles, so they don’t overwhelm my feet the way more “serious” heels can. I think the tiny little ballet dancer feet help keep them more in proportion, also.
    Two– Repetto Gisele. Only. The.perfect.kitten.heel. They make the roundness of your heel and the thinness of your Achilles so sexy and glorious! Completely accentuates the bones of the ankle.

  • Heather Fonseca February, 26 2013, 10:58 / Reply

    I love kitten heels! They’re the perfect place between a flat and high heels. If they really are back in fashion I will buy as deeply as I can afford.

  • Marion February, 26 2013, 11:11 / Reply

    To me you either go high or flat. Kitten heels always make me think of little girls’ shoes, you know the ones designed to make them feel as grown as their mums. Can’t help it. ^^

  • Monica February, 27 2013, 12:34 / Reply

    I actually love them a lot. But that may have to do with my on-going obsession with mod fashion!

  • Ioana February, 27 2013, 12:54 / Reply

    Kitten heels are the discrete and shy side of sexiness. High heels are the bold one. But you know, we all have a mixture of both in us :-)

  • Maxim February, 27 2013, 1:06 / Reply

    Unsexy, unfeminine, unpractical, incomfortable.. What’s not to like ? I prefer a woman sporting a real heel and doesn’t risk her life on a toothstick. Take care xx

  • Marianne February, 27 2013, 1:11 / Reply

    I kind of like the idea at the moment, but no, I don’t think they’re for me. All the wobbles of walking in heels with none of the height! ;D

  • Project Style February, 27 2013, 1:48 / Reply

    I love kitten heels! It’s such an elegant and feminine shoe, just perfect for any business look.

  • Gabrielle February, 27 2013, 2:01 / Reply

    Love them and I think, they can be sexy too!

  • Nomadic D. February, 27 2013, 2:47 / Reply

    Not a fan. I had a pair the last time around and hardly ever wore them. They’re just too dainty and lady-like for me, there’s no way to make them look tough or cool the way you can with an actual heel or a flat or a platform… I’ll pass.

  • Sutton Lasater February, 27 2013, 2:58 / Reply

    I have a few simple phrases:

    I wear size 11. DITTO what Garance said! Kitten heels just make my feet appear too long!

  • Juju February, 27 2013, 3:24 / Reply

    Alors là, je ne sais pas trop quoi en penser.. je dirais que la balance penche vers NOOON pour le côté peu flatteur, pas très féminin, c’est une hauteur un peu approximative. Nan ça ne passera pas par moi ;)
    Ne cède pas Garance!! bisous
    PS : a t’on une chance de te voir à Paris pour un RDV public??

  • Coco February, 27 2013, 3:35 / Reply

    …ou pas.

  • Helen February, 27 2013, 3:41 / Reply

    I view kitten heels in the same way as light beer – why bother? If you want to wear flats, where flats, and if you want to wear heels at least wear something with a bit of height!

  • Virginie/Mode9 February, 27 2013, 3:45 / Reply

    En fait j’aime bien et j’en ai mais lorsque je vois une photo de moi avec, je trouve que ça file un coup de vieux (mais à 20 ans ça passe !)

  • Irene February, 27 2013, 3:46 / Reply

    I am not a big fan. I have a size 42 (EU) and my foot look enormous in these! On some women they work really well but not for me. I’ll skip this trend.

  • capucine February, 27 2013, 3:48 / Reply

    quand on m’annonce le retour des kitten heels c’est un peu comme si on m’annonçait le retour des “mum jeans” ou alors de la banane….

  • Nathalie February, 27 2013, 3:52 / Reply

    kitten heel = talon bobine .. ?

    J’adore, pas avec une jupe, ils font mémé, mais avec un pantalon, c’est très mignon, et permet de ne pas dépasser son entourage si on est grande :-)

  • anne February, 27 2013, 4:04 / Reply

    moi, perso, j’adore ce genre de chaussures . adorable et confortable.
    je n’en porte pas tous les jours . mais j’aime le style et çà met le pied un peu au repos .

  • Charlotte February, 27 2013, 4:10 / Reply

    I’m not sure either, I’ve owned any, probably because I never saw any that I liked? The ones on the picture are not so bad, because they have a nice heel :)

    I personally prefer a mid heel (or even a low mid heel haha). I’m tall and I like to move freely!

  • Yonca February, 27 2013, 4:10 / Reply

    I have never liked them, these kind of heels can be easily worn out and they are not comfortable.

  • Eva February, 27 2013, 4:11 / Reply

    Arg, c’est vraiment pas sexy! Et vieillot. En plus l’argument ” j’arrive pas à marcher avec des talons” n’est pas valable parce que les petits talons aiguilles n’empêchent pas de se tordre les chevilles. Du coup les gens voient une fille qui se tord les chevilles comme si elle avait des talons alors qu’ils ont l’impression qu’elle n’en a pas! :D

  • Josepha February, 27 2013, 4:35 / Reply

    Personnellement, je les trouve plus casse-gueule que les autres mais j’aime bien leur côté rétro.

  • Anna February, 27 2013, 4:41 / Reply

    Sexy, mais chic, raffiné, féminin.
    Avec jupe crayon ou jean retroussé ou pantalon capri…LA chaussure idéale.
    Pas portable par toutes, of course…

  • Alice February, 27 2013, 4:42 / Reply

    les kitten heels !!!!! c’est fabuleux ! mais enfin vous vous rendez compte des chaussures ultra féminines avec lesquelles on peut marcher et qui (et c’est pour ça que je les adore) ajoute un petit côté années 60 à toute la tenue ! vous auriez aimé vivre à Paris dans les années 60 et tourner dans un film de Truffaut avec Jean-Pierre Léaud à vos côtés ?! alors ces chaussures sont pour vous !!!!!! bisous Garance !

  • La modeuse de l'ouest February, 27 2013, 4:45 / Reply

    Je vous trouve toutes bien sévères sur ces chaussures, quand vous dites “qu’elles ne sont pas féminines”, elles le sont quand même plus que ces satanées sneackers compensés non ?
    Moi je les trouve élégantes et surtout beaucoup plus portables que des talons de 8, quand tu habites la province (et ben oui !!) et que tu ne bosses pas dans la mode (la ville normale quoi !!).
    A essayer, je succomberai sûrement car j’ai le pied fin et pas trop long.
    merci !

  • Biancamaria February, 27 2013, 5:35 / Reply

    I love kitten heels! They’re so chic and reminde me Roger Vivier’s shoes made for Dior!!

  • Film Flare February, 27 2013, 5:58 / Reply

    love love love.
    it’s a great look, gives you just a little bit more height without being uncomfortable, and can be very sexy and feminin if worn properly. My feet are rather small, so I have the opposite issue that kitten heels are perfect to solve!

  • Doroté February, 27 2013, 7:13 / Reply

    I love kitten heels – they are the perfect “high” heel when you are 6 feet tall (as I am) and want to be able to look people in the face during the day instead of talking to to their hairtop which happens if I wear real high heels!

  • Jessica February, 27 2013, 8:01 / Reply

    Je ne suis pas fan du tout..


  • Elaine February, 27 2013, 8:51 / Reply

    I love kitten heels, provided they are not cut so that the toes are cramped! They look equally chic with shorts! And skirts, narrow pants and denim…

  • Elizabeth February, 27 2013, 9:48 / Reply

    Love,love, love them but they have to be very pointy and have sharp heels. Then there is nothing mid-mid about them. I love high heels too, but not total flats as they give no support to my feet & become very uncomfortable. I remember buying vintage (unworn) baby stilettoes from Kensington Market in the early 1980s & I have loved them ever since

  • Carole February, 27 2013, 10:13 / Reply

    love kitten heel…this is not a true kitten….love Manolo Carolyne

  • Jaye February, 27 2013, 10:26 / Reply

    Doesn’t matter if you hate them or love them now, I am certain they will make a comeback, and once we start seeing more street-style or editorials with this heel, you can be certain the masses will follow suite.

  • sarafraîchit February, 27 2013, 10:55 / Reply

    Rrrhhooo c’est trop mignon ce petit nom!!! “kitten heels” pourquoi pas? avec un pantalon (un pantalon pas un slim…)

  • Amparo February, 27 2013, 12:25 / Reply

    When I think in kitten heels I think in Audrey, so…. They’re soooooooooo femenine and chic.

  • Virginia L February, 27 2013, 12:27 / Reply

    On moins, on ne s’ abîme pas le dos.
    En général, ceux qui créent les chaussures qui ne sont pas pratiques ne les portent pas je pense.

  • kassiastclair February, 27 2013, 1:05 / Reply

    I’m with Garance on this one. Feet as long as mine make kitten heels with a low vamp make me look like Olive Oyl!

    kassia x

  • LeaGarance February, 27 2013, 1:53 / Reply

    Et bien j’adore, ce n’est pas des chaussures que je porterai tous les jours, mais elle me font penser a Audrey Hepburn dans Breakfast at Tiffany’s ou dans Sabrina. Et il n’y a pas plus Élégante qu’Audrey Hepburn à mon gout.

  • Anastasia Folorunso February, 27 2013, 1:53 / Reply

    I don’t mind a kitten wedge. (Can you say that?) I just haven’t been able to get on bored with the kitten heel trend.

  • Elna February, 27 2013, 3:00 / Reply

    I love kitten heels, Of course they are sexy and much comfy than a 6-inch one.

  • nicola lynde February, 27 2013, 3:03 / Reply

    I’m just like you, on the fence. I’ve found myself strangely attracted to them over the past couple seasons while simultaneously being horrified that I am. I’m haunted by the kitten heel of my teenage years, pointy, white, or pink, sometimes a mule, usually with a completely raw metal heel as it was before anyone had heard of a cobbler much less facilitated one. But I think they’re back…sigh. It all comes back.

  • Camsou February, 27 2013, 3:42 / Reply

    Essayé et non adopté because ai l’impression de pouvoir entrer chez les clowns de Pinder. Merci la taille 40 !

  • Virginie B. February, 27 2013, 4:12 / Reply

    Moche. Vieillot. Disgracieux. Bref je ne suis pas du tout fan.

  • Weronikiwi February, 28 2013, 12:11 / Reply

    Mais c’est comme avec tout : chaussure a kitten heels, il y en a des deguelasses et des belles.

  • Mini_Granny February, 28 2013, 12:36 / Reply

    OH OUI ! Personnellement, j’attendais avec impatience le retour des petits talons, car le plat je n’aime pas trop, mais comme je suis déjà grande je peux pas me permettre des talons très hauts.
    Donc pour moi, les kitten heels sont A-DOP-TES.

  • Karol February, 28 2013, 1:59 / Reply

    I love them as a nice in-between flats and pumps option. With the right outfit, they look perfectly sophisticated and very reminiscent of Breakfast at Tiffany’s glamour.

  • Amalia February, 28 2013, 2:57 / Reply

    The only way I’d wear them is with a pencil skirt (below the knee).

  • Emma March, 2 2013, 3:16 / Reply

    Non, non, non! Je ne les aime pas du TOUT!!!!!!!!!!!! Dated, frumpy, fussy, ugly, not cool, not sexy, not edgy, not classic, not adventurous, not chic, not ANYYYYYYYthing. Je les DETESTE!!!!! Yes, I feel strongly about it. Et oui, it’s really true that they make your feet look huuuuuuuge if you have big feet (like me, size 41). It’s also true I bet that some special, clever people CAN make them work, on rare occasions. But I am not a fan – non, non, pas du tout. Bisous! Nomad Thief

  • Emma March, 2 2013, 3:17 / Reply

    ha! I just noticed that even the title of this post is reminiscent of the name of some sort of horror film…. i’m sure it’s not a coincidence….

  • essa March, 5 2013, 6:10 / Reply

    I like kitten heels. I think too high heels can look like try hard and impractical. Kitten heels depending on the design are as enlongating as higher heels and are comfy. I think if I am wearing dries or some intelligent looking outfits, kitten heels would work great. But all depends on your proportions and style…

  • Heather March, 6 2013, 7:46 / Reply

    Love the kitten heel! You are right, Garance, it depends on the size of your foot. For me, I have small feet which makes it difficult to wear very high heels, but kitten heels are ideal for me because I am short, so I need a heel, but not too much of a heel.

  • valerie March, 10 2013, 5:14 / Reply

    I like the look of kitten heels but find them impractical. If i want t dress something up, I choose heels. When, I’m spending the day on your feet, I go for flats. My kitten heels hardly get any wear.

  • willy December, 19 2013, 3:26 / Reply

    I love kitten heels.

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