The Low-Heel Shoe Celebs and Fashion People Wear to Look Sophisticated and Chic

As someone who lives for a good shoe moment, I'm always on the lookout for a new pair to add to my collection. For the past two seasons, I've seen a slow but steady rise of one style in particular—kitten-heel mules. The kitten heel is currently enjoying a huge resurgence, so I'm hardly surprised, and now I’m thinking back to the early noughties and the mixed opinions on the Gucci Tom Ford-era monogrammed slingback kitten heels.

If you think about it, they're like a hybrid between sandals and shoes, offering just the right amount of coverage whilst still letting your feet breathe. Plus, there’s no question of their comfort over higher heels, so it’s really no wonder I keep noticing them popping up at events, parties and even on the red carpet.

Kitten Heel Mules

(Image credit: @abimarvel)

With their demure yet undeniably stylish appeal, these shoes have me obsessed. Crafted in various iterations from sleek leather to statement prints, they're fast becoming my new favourite footwear for spring and summer. Plus, the low heel adds just the right amount of elevation without sacrificing comfort, making them ideal for all-day wear, which if you ask me, is a very important element to consider when shopping for shoes. I favour minimalist, pared-back style, so I'm drawn to classic pairs by Manolo Blahnik and high-street brand L.K Bennett, but there's something very edgy about Miu Miu's strappy patent leather pair that's drawing me in.

Kitten Heel Mules

(Image credit: @katcollings)

Some of my all-time style icons have long been fans of slingback kitten heels. I live for the understated sophistication of Hailey Bieber's wardrobe, and a photo of her from last summer wearing a sleeveless white minidress with the iconic Manolo Blahnik Maysale mules in red lives in my mind rent-free. And then there's Who What Wear's U.S. editor-in-chief Kat Collings, who I spotted on IG in a pair of cream By Far kitten mules with a knitted skirt set and tights (pictured above)—an unexpected outfit but a great one nonetheless.

Kitten Heel Mules

(Image credit: @kristenmarienichols)

Styling these versatile mules for summer will be a breeze. I can dress them up with a flowing midi dress and oversized sunglasses, or for a more casual vibe, I'll be pairing them with oversized denim and a ribbed tank top for that off-duty-model look.

Keep scrolling for the kitten-heel mules that have caught my eye—I haven't yet decided which to go for.

Shop Our Favourite Kitten-Heel Mules:

Junior Branded Content Editor

Humaa is the Junior Branded Content Editor at Who What Wear UK, where her expertise lies in paid for and affiliate stories for beauty and fashion brands. Humaa has a BA Hons degree in English literature and previously held editor roles at British Vogue and Marie Claire US. Most recently she moved over from the Who What Wear US Branded Content team to join the UK title to help build out the team on home ground. She is a September baby and though does not believe in astrology, cannot deny that she is a Virgo through and through. When she's not trying to poke a hole through her credit card on a daily basis, because of her job writing many, many shopping stories, you can find her making her way through her Kindle Unlimited TBR list–spoiler: it's a long one. Follow her on Instagram at @Humaa.Hussain