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You Need a Kitten Heel In Your Closet

Check out these purrr-dy styles to buy now.

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Welcome to The Essentials, our weekly series highlighting a must-have classic, key to building a timeless, pulled-together closet.

This season, brands like Miu Miu, Prada, and Valentino took a break from the towering heels of the past and opted for something more modest: The kitten heel. Originally put on the map in the '50s, kitten heels flaunt a heel that's usually only around two inches. The low heel offers a practical but stylish (and foot-friendly) alternative to the classic heel.

Off the runway, kitten heel inspiration is everywhere. From Marilyn Monroe to Carrie Bradshaw to Naomi Campbell, there's plenty of style inspo for those in need. Looking for tips? Pair an open toe kitten-heel with a floral dress for a breezy take. Add a pointed-toe version to cropped jeans, or a bootie to a mid-length dress. Kitten heels are both feminine and retro, but more importantly, versatile—you'll have them in your wardrobe for years to come. Perfect for work, evening, and anywhere in between, here are some of the best options to choose from right now.

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1 Judy Strappy Heel
Sam Edelman samedelman.com
$43.95

Try this metallic strappy pair from Sam Edelman for a sophisticated evening look. 

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2 Pink Special Pointy Toe Kitten Heels
Kwaidan Editions ssense.com
$372.00

Looking to try some patten play? Pair this lilac floral style with a floral dress with a different pattern for a contrasting look. 

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3 Slingback Kitten Heels
Charles & Keith charleskeith.com
$33.00

This black kitten-heel slingback is a wardrobe staple.  

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4 Azeline Kitten Heel Sandals
Mara & Mine shopbop.com
$93.00

This knotted style will be perfect for summer 2021.

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5 8 by YOOX Pump
8 by YOOX yoox.com
$210.00

The ankle tie on these satin pumps gives them a sophisticated flare. 

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6 Metallic-Sheen Slingback Pumps
MM6 Maison Margiela farfetch.com
$318.00

Pair these kitten heels from MM6 with a cigarette pant for a tailored look. 

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7 Strappy Faux-Croc Kitten Heel
Marciano
$119.00

Pair with a white dress for a breezy vacation look. 

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8 S’oke Gold 70
Titi Adesa titiadesa.com
£495.00

Cleopatra wishes

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9 Tie-Fastened Kitten Heel Mules
Proenza Schouler farfetch.com
$715.00

This cream pair from Proenza Schouler is perfect for the gal with a 9 to 5. 

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10 Women's Tie Up Sandal
find. amazon.com
$50.80

Pair with an LBD and voila! 

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11 Blue Nappa Gita Heeled Sandals
Stuad ssense.com
$143.00

This strappy baby blue pair will give your look an added pop of color. 

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