An Ode TO The Kitten Heel
Putting her career and credibility on the line, Fashion News Editor Maxine Eggenberger reveals why we should reconsider the kitten heel
Let’s get one thing straight; I’ve never met a shoe I didn’t like. OK, so it might’ve taken Christopher Kane (and a cluster of crystals) to maketh me a Crocs convert, but my point still stands: even the most polarising style can be appreciated, if not for its form then for its function, by the most discerning shoe aficionado. Saying that, I understand some shoes still divide opinion. Dr Martens are by no means for everyone. Neither are corset-laced, knee-high sandals. However, there’s no shoe that’s made headlines of late quite like the kitten heel. A by-product of the 80s, the micro stiletto has been thrown back into the spotlight thanks to none other than our very own PM Theresa May, whose penchant for the heel has sparked debate among trade unions, political correspondents and the fashion jury alike. I myself have faced prejudice against the kitten heel. The year was 2014, and Zara’s bow-toed offerings were never off my feet. One day, a supposed friend jibed: ‘My nan wouldn’t wear those if I bribed her with Victoria sponge.’ To that, I posed the question: ‘What did they ever do to you?’ At least, I would have if I hadn’t been crying in the loos. I’m 100 per cent certain that I’m exaggerating but, in my trauma, this is how I remember this exchange. Well, unnamed ‘friend’, maybe your nan wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss them now Céline has ushered them in as the shoe of the season. And no one disputes Céline. Just ask the high street, whose homage is spread far and wide – from Wallis to Topshop to Marks & Spencer. Mansur Gavriel (the label responsible for 2016’s mule obsession) has given them its footwear Midas touch for SS17 in every shade. Also, it’s not often I can say that one of the hottest trends of the moment also happens to be practical, but that’s exactly what I’m saying. It’s just the way the Vicky sponge crumbles.
1 Boots, £4.99, Zara 2 Shoes, £34, Mansur Gavriel 3 Shoes, £, Topshop 4 Shoes, £38, Wallis 5 Shoes, £4, Next 6 Boots, £7, Marks & Spencer 6