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Kitten Heel Wedding Shoes

Updated on October 8, 2014

Holly Golightly Goes Bridal: Kitten heel bridal shoes are perfectly pretty for the big day

As a passionate shoe lover with a strong romantic streak, I'm thrilled to see kitten heel bridal shoes coming into vogue. Demure but never dowdy, kitten heels are a class act. I paired them with my late-1930s wedding dress, but they work with many gown designs. These short, slender, gently curving heels are a little bit retro, but in today's styles also fresh and modern. And who better to take a style cue from on your wedding day than the divine Audrey Hepburn, who popularized the kitten heel in the early '60s? Here, a roundup of kitten heel wedding shoes with miles of style.

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Touch Ups Women's Abby Pump,White,7.5 M
Touch Ups Women's Abby Pump,White,7.5 M

The cut-out instep of this shoe gives you a bit of d'Orsay style but retains some structure through a closed, more pump-like approach on the other side. The white satin version is also dyeable. (While you can DIY, I'd recommending visiting a cobbler for this, at least for advice.)


Introduced in the 1950s as a dressy but modest option for young teens headed for formal dances -- for a while, they even carried the unflattering moniker "trainer heels" -- kitten-heel shoes caught on with all ages in the following decade. The classic kitten height is 1.5 to 1.75" -- but in the context of today's towering stilletos, the term "kitten heel" has come to include anything up to about 2.5 inches.

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Modern-day inspiration...

"Simultaneously Puritanical and vaguely sexy," said the Huffington Post about kitten heels as worn (consistently, and often in playful colors) by Michelle Obama. To me, that sounds just about right for a day that -- for most of us -- combines sacred ritual with romantic reverie.

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      Mary 5 years ago from Chicago area

      @kristalulabelle: my brother-in-law & his wife are essentially the same height & make a lovely couple! but yes, I think she wore kitten heels or maybe even flats :) congrats on your upcoming nuptials!

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      Kristen 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Great lens! I am definitely looking for a kitten heel for my wedding because, groom to be is only a couple inches taller than me and I don't want to tower over him... :) I'm going to have to Pin a few of these pairs of shoes on my Pinterest page. Thanks for a job well done.