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Kitten Heels Make A Komeback

Updated on August 13, 2010

Feel free to send me hate mail for the gratuitous use of 'k' in the word 'comeback', I don't know why I did it, it just felt compulsively right. The important aspect of this article isn't newfangled spelling quirks however, it is the fact that kitten heels are rampaging through the fashion magazines like a mewling horde. If you're wondering what kitten heels are, and perhaps picturing high heels made of kitten skin and topped with fuzzy kitten heads, I can put you out of your mental misery (or perhaps anticipation, you sick puppies) and tell you that is certainly not what kitten heels are about.

Kitten heels are essentially short heels, originally designed for wearing by teenagers and younger girls who weren't quite ready for high heels like their mothers, but who wanted to look like them anyway. (This was back in a more innocent time, when dressing a child like an adult was seen as vastly improper, unlike fashions today, where halter neck tops and boob tubes are apparently suitable for girls from 8 months to 80 years of age.)

In spite of their somewhat juvenile associations, kitten heels eventually caught on amongst adults because they don't utterly ruin your posture and give you ongoing pain in your legs and back, but they still retain a hint of well heeled femininity about them.

Why are they in right now? Well my little fashionistas, it is because current fashion trends are boomeranging back to the 60's and 70's faster than a hippy with a flashback, so kitten heels are coming back in style, along with full skirts that swish about dramatically when you twirl (and I'm assuming that you twirl for a minimum of 20 minutes a day.) Its only a matter of time before guys are in short shorts and handlebar mustaches solving crime on Hawaiian islands.

Though I'm not a fan of heels, I am a fan of kitten heels. I think they're cute, and not only are they cute they're feminine without shoving femininity in your face, if you know what I mean. There is a refined demureness to the style that actually puts comfort back into the equation. Women's fashion is notorious for maiming the ladies who wear it, but kitten heels will leave you able to walk normally at the end of a long day.

So if you've been hankering for some new shoes but haven't known what to splash out on, kitten heels may just be the ticket for a modern retro look that will keep you stylish for at least the next 6 months.

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