Start pussyfooting around
There’s one style of shoe that will take you anywhere and everywhere right now
I have been testing a new fashion theory since September. It’s been a meticulous, highly scientific process. It began in a hotel room in Paris, when I noted that there was just one pair of shoes I wanted to slip into each morning while getting ready for Fashion Week. It continued as autumn turned to winter, as bare legs slipped into tights and layers of clothing multiplied.
Now comes December, the ultimate test. But I have faith my theory is going to hold up in this season of every-occasion dressing.
I’m talking about… kitten-heel boots. My white pair from Mango have become ‘can’t live withouts’. There is no outfit the KHB does not go with, no occasion to which it could not lend itself – give or take 10 per cent at either end of the loafing on the sofa vs banquet at Buckingham Palace spectrum.
The KHB has some essential components: it must have a slim and not-too-high heel (comfort is vital), but traditional notions of
Kitten-heeled boots are perfect with a floaty midi dress or give a suit a glamorous kick
kitten-ness can be stretched – note how Miista and Charles & Keith’s options are afforded off-kilter chic courtesy of a slanted heel. It will have a slender, pointed toe – so flattering – and hit just above the ankle bone, which means it works as beautifully with skirts of all lengths as with trousers, be they kick-cropped denim, tailored cigarettes or swooshing wide-legs.
Colour and print-wise, white will take you safely into evening; ditto red or a flash of detail such as a buckle or ribbon. With plain items, try a check or even leopard.
KHBs are perfect with a floaty, printed midi dress and winners with a sharp A-line skirt and shirt. They bring a glamorous kick to a trouser suit or slouchy jumper dress, while jeans and a knit will be immediately jazzed up when you slip into a pair. They would even look fabulous with a decent pair of leggings and a blazer – a very s/s 2019 look you may like to dip your toe into.