I Always Skip Uncomfortable Heels—Here's What I Wear Instead

Years ago, I had a theory that heels only improved with height and amassed a collection of super tall shoes. Fast-forward to more recently and I’ve pretty much abandoned any heels that are more than three inches high, aside from a few exceptions. Yep, kitten heels with their subtle, comfortable height have instead taken over my closet. And looking to the outfits fashion people are wearing, you’re guaranteed to find them in the most stylish wardrobes.

I’m personally a huge fan of pointed mules with a short heel. I bought a vintage Prada pair earlier this year and they have quickly become the shoe I wear more than any others in my closet. Sleek and polished, they are the heel I pair with just about any outfit I throw on. But there are plenty of other styles of kitten heels worthy of adding to your closet. Ahead, I’m highlighting the ones that are fashion insider-approved.


A personal favorite shoe shape of mine: the pointed kitten heel. As I mentioned above, this is my holy grail shoe staple that I simply can't quit.


The flip-flop is undergoing a renaissance with heeled versions popping up everywhere. A subtle kitten heel takes them to the next level.


Strappy heels are the '90s-inspired trend we've been talking about for seasons and seasons but they're not going away anytime soon. This pretty shoe looks good with just about anything.

Animal Print

If you're looking for something that reads as fun, you can't go wrong with animal prints like leopard or snakeskin. This outfit is inspiring me to pair kitten heels with swimsuits.

Faux croc instantly reads as polished so they're the perfect piece to dress up denim or a pretty maxi dress.


The best textured kitten heels



A printed calf hair or ruched details adds cool texture that instantly elevates a kitten heel. These faux cow-print ones from Aimee Song's collection have taken over.

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