Kitten-Heeled Boots Are Taking Over My Instagram Saved Folder

I can't stop thinking about them and neither should you.

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 18: A leopard print bag by Dior and black knee high boots by Patrizia Pepe as a detail of influencer Simone Adams, seen during the Frankfurt Fashion Week January 2022 on January 18, 2022 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Streetstyleshooters/Getty Images)
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Boots are the backbone of my wardrobe any time of year, but my deep love for all types of them peaks in the colder seasons. I try to incorporate trendy and classic leaning styles into my wardrobe each year to build a collection that will stand the test of time. This season, my eyes are set on kitten-heeled boots as my preferred winter shoe trend— the only type of heel that we deem genuinely appropriate for the daytime.

Typically measuring below two inches, kitten heels give the illusion of height without the pain and discomfort of wearing a heel. Designer brands like Valentino and Altuzarra co-signed the trend by including a slew of shorter-heeled styles in their Spring 2024 collections. Lower heels are not only very much "in" right now, but the kitten-heeled boot is one of the easiest ways to transition into the heel silhouette while the temperatures barely hover above freezing. Choose from ankle boots, the most common shape with this heel size, or try out knee-high boots, perfect for layering under jeans and skirts.

Ahead, shop 17 pairs of boots with heels comfortable enough that you won't feel them at all. Offerings hail from ultra-luxury brands like The Row and Jil Sander to more accessible options you can wear regularly.

Shop The Best Kitten-Heeled Boots

Fashion E-Commerce Editor

Julia Marzovilla is the Fashion E-Commerce Editor at Marie Claire, where she covers everything from the latest beauty and fashion launches and sales to celebrity outfits and news. She also creates shopping guides that span every vertical on the site. Prior to joining the Marie Claire team, she contributed similar shopping stories to sites such as Bustle, InStyle, The Zoe Report, Who What Wear, and STYLECASTER. In her spare time, Julia can be found creating shopping guides for all of her friends, spending too much money on yet another pair of black boots, and cooking in her far-too-small kitchen.