Once known as the ‘trainer heel,’ these comfortable and classy shoes remain an evolving style staple. Many current designers are influenced by the original ’50s-style prototype of the kitten heel.
We can credit French designer Roger Vivier with the creation of the towering stiletto, a style that came to represent a sense of seductive power. However, in the ’50s, Vivier created a shorter, more tapered heel design, one intended for young girls to wear in order to train themselves into eventually growing into the taller style. Thus, the “kitten heel” was born.
As the 1960s rolled in, the kitten heel was no longer just an item owned by young girls in stiletto training. The style began to work its way into the mainstream, popularized for its comfort and practicality. Working women found the kitten heel a much easier daily alternative to the toe-pinching high heel. Today, all variations of the kitten heel are still around, from eccentric runway interpretations to classic black office pumps. Regardless, it seems like the kitten heel is here to stay.
The heels of summer in the 20’s aren’t particularly long, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t cute. Short and sweet kitten heels are in, and because they’re far more comfortable than taller heels, it’s a win-win all around. When it’s too hot outside to function, go with a heeled sandal. Or choose a closed toe kitten heel that’s summer-ready—but also perfect once the weather cools.
So this coming season, add a collection of these kitten heels to your ladies range and watch them sell out fast. At Unisol, we offer a wide range of kitten heel styles to pair up with your collections. Check them out today.