The "Boring" Shoe Trend That Adds Elegance to Every Outfit

There's a new shoe trend on the rise, and if you love the elegance of classic high heels but can't stand the discomfort, you'll want to pay attention. Loved the celebrity style set and cropping up all over my social media feeds, I'm talking about the black kitten heels.

Kitten heels might feel very fresh to us in 2024, but the hero shoe silhouette has been around the block. Once a go-to among fashion people in the '90s, by the late 2000s, the elegant trend had fallen out of favor and taller heels were the ones to wear. Now, after years in hibernation, the chic—and comfortable—style is back on the agenda, and it's never looked better.

Influencer wears black kitten heels.

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In classic black with sleek micro heels, black kitten heels are far from boring. Elegant, sophisticated, and easy to style, they work just as well with flowing dresses and they do with baggy jeans. Cropping up at some of our favorite high-street and designer retailers, the elegant shoe trend is becoming one of the season's most prolific.

With outfit-elevating credentials rivaling high heels, read on to discover our edit of the best black kitten heels to shop now.

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Natalie Munro
News Writer

Natalie Munro is Who What Wear UK’s news writer. Having worked in the fashion industry since her time at university—where she obtained a BA in Journalism from University of the Arts London, Natalie's experience spans journalistic and styling roles. In the early stages of her career Natalie predominately worked on editorial shoots for fashion publications such as British Vogue, Vogue Ukraine, AnOther Magazine and Elle UK, before moving into journalism roles.

On completion of her degree she interned in the editorial team at British Vogue and later went on to freelance for the publication. Here, she developed her interest in reporting on the latest fashion news and trends. Inspired by the dynamic nature of the industry, Natalie went on to write for other lifestyle and fashion brands and publications before taking on the role as News Writer for Who What Wear.

With an interest in uncovering the latest fashion trends, Natalie takes a leading role in identifying news for Who What Wear UK. Focusing on trends on and off the runway, as well as street style and celebrity fashion, Natalie reports on a daily basis, ensuring that she remains ahead of the trends. Natalie also creates content for Who What Wear’s social channels including TikTok and Instagram on a weekly basis.