Start pussy­foot­ing around

There’s one style of shoe that will take you any­where and ev­ery­where right now

The Sunday Telegraph - Stella - - THE CONVERSATION -

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.

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