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Kitten High Heel Shoes For Men

Updated on June 4, 2010

The world of women's shoes is a large and confusing one populated with sharp pointy bits and remnants of crocodile. It is therefore totally understandable that some men may feel trepidation when considering stepping into the warm waters of women's shoes and reclaiming a little of the glamor that once was allowed in men's fashion but which has now been stripped away. The last truly glamorous man was David Bowie, and that was back in the 80's for the most part. Ye gods men, are you truly going to sit there and let them take your fashion away? I hope not!

Kitten heels are short slender heels between 1.5 – 2 inches high with a curve that sets the heel in from the edge of the shoe. Audrey Hepburn wore them a great deal, which means that you pretty much can't go wrong where they're concerned. Everything Audrey Hepburn ever wore is now considered a classic. If she'd worn hay sacks, we'd be wearing hay sacks on occasion as well.

Perfect for the man who wants to get into wearing high heels but doesn't yet trust his ankles to his high heel walking skills, kitten heels were designed in the 1950's to be worn by young proto-housewives (younger teenage girls) to prepare them for a fulfilling life of looking pretty and popping out babies on a regular basis. However, the popularity of the style soon spread to their elder siblings and mothers and by the 1960's everybody was wearing kitten heels when they felt like it.

In modern times, the kitten heel is still somewhat ubiquitous. Manolo Blahnik has a range of kitten heels in his collection (because people keep copying his higher heeled styles, which I suppose is simply the price of fame.)

Kitten heels can be found on pump shoes, however they are also quite popular in women's sandals, so you'll probably be seeing quite a few kitten heeled sandals about as Spring turns to Summer and everybody is inspired to start walking about on their toes once more.

If worn under long pants, kitten heels can be something of a stealthy way for a man to wear heels without drawing large amounts of attention to himself. Sure, if anyone looks closely they'll probably notice, but you'd be surprised as to how much time people spend thinking about themselves, seeing what they want to see (or rather, what they expect to see) and being generally oblivious.

If you like heels and want an easy starter set, kitten heels are the way to go.


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      Hope Alexander 

      8 years ago

      I think you mean 'wedges' Steve, but good advice! (I doubt people want to walk around with wedgies ;)

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      8 years ago

      I have been wearing strappy high heel sandals for the past year. For beginners you may want to start with wedgies in addition to kitten heels. I have found wedgies easier to walk in than regular stiletto heels.

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      8 years ago

      I'm going to buy myself some of these gorgeous high heels.

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      8 years ago

      Hummm... wear stealthy... works for me..


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