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

Look (UK) - - FIRST LOOK - Max­ine eggenberger @Max­fashed­i­tor THERESA MAY

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

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