There’s no question that a towering stiletto gives you major height index and a legs-for-days effect. But at the moment, we’re partial to the season’s new heel height—nothing over three inches!—that’s both stylish and supremely comfortable. From ladylike kitten heels to chunky block pumps, this footwear is perfect for going from your desk to dinner or dancing in a flash.
20 Cute Heels Under 3 Inches: Shop 'Em All!
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We’ve rounded up an assortment of our favorites, so click through our slideshow to shop them all.
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Spirit Heels ($54) in Turquoise
For an occasion (such as a gallery opening or fashion event) that calls for a contemporary look, slip into these ankle-strap heels with silky printed trousers and a tank top.
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Variance Suede and Mesh Pumps ($670) in Black Suede
Complement this sweet, scalloped pair with a pleated skirt and lightweight sweater for a weekend brunch.
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Dolce & Gabbana
Closed-Toe Slip-Ons ($390) in Yellow
These patterned stunners add a pop of color to your ensemble. We suggest wearing them with a girly full skirt.
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Sandals ($415) in Ocher
These kitten heels will quickly become your go-to shoe for after-hours cocktails.
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Lazy Daze Pumps ($99) in Pink Multi
A little ladylike, a little exotic, this textured pair would look great with a floral dress.
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Striped Pony Hair BB ($895) in Black/White
Imagine these graphic striped pumps teamed with a tailored suit: super chic!
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Elizabeth and James
Clark Low Pump ($295) in Bowie Blue
If you like the masculine-inspired vibe of smoking slippers, you’ll love Elizabeth and James’ stylish suede heels.
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Marc by Marc Jacobs
Closed-Toe Slip-Ons ($268) in Cocoa
An understated leopard print means you can easily transition these from an important meeting to movie night.
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Metallic Leather Pumps ($575) in Caffe+Nero
Hit on one of the autumn’s biggest trends—metallics—with these high-shine shoes.
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Lemer 70 Studded Mirrored-Leather and Suede Slingbacks ($645) in Red
Play up the rock ‘n’ roll vibe of these studded shoes with a leather jacket and distressed jeans.
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Patent Chain T-Strap Pump ($237) in Black
These pretty bow-embellished shoes are your best bet for the fall weddings on your calendar.
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Hologram Pumps ($99) in Silver
Nod to this season’s holographic trend in this shiny silver pair and wear them with dressy shorts for your next bachelorette party or GNO.
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Valentina Calf Hair D’Orsay Pumps ($350) in Hazelnut Leopard
You’d be surprised at the versatility of J.Crew’s animal-print heels. Treat them like basic pumps, and wear them with everything from tailored pants to a slinky little black dress.
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3.1 Phillip Lim
Dove Kitten Heel Pumps ($475) in Black
These are a cut above your basic black pumps, and they’ll smarten up your work wardrobe in a flash.
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Ankle Strap Pump ($645) in Flamenco Red
A pair of red pumps possesses undeniable allure, so team these with dark skinnies for a casual date night.
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Loranne Pumps ($155) in Black Suede/Gold
Meet your new party shoe. Thanks to a low kitten heel, you’ll feel comfortable enough dancing past midnight.
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Paris Leather Sling-Back Pumps ($628) in Citron
The slingback shoe’s classic silhouette is updated in eye-catching yellow. Wear this pair to punch up a monochrome outfit.
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Patent-Leather Pumps ($635) in Nude Patent-Leather
The nude hue of these pumps will help elongate your legs, but a multicolored triangular heel also lends fashion-forward flair.
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Brie Mid Heel Pumps ($295) in Paprika
This pair looks just as stylish with a pencil skirt as it does with a leather mini, making it an ideal day-to-night shoe.
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Combination Sling-Back ($90) in Black
Block heels and a pointy toe make these shoes perfect for the office, especially when styled with cropped trousers and a silky button-down.