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The Stylish Return of the Kitten Heel

How to wear this versatile shoe from summer to fall.

The Stylish Return of the Kitten Heel
Find your new favorite must-haves with personal styling.

We’re big on having options—especially when it comes to shoes. Flats and high heels make their own kind of statements, but some outfits call for an in-between. The kitten heel is more than just a happy medium, though. It’s long been considered a refined, feminine dress shoe, popularized by style icons like Audrey Hepburn. Now, the micro-heel has resurged in a range of on-trend styles and silhouettes: think booties, mules, and even sandals. While we’re nearly through sandal season, you can keep this shoe in your rotation straight through fall. The trick is to transition from partially-open styles (which complement shorts, dresses, and late-summer looks) to closed-toe styles and chilly weather boots. Get inspired by some of our favorite picks below and keep your kitten heels going through any change in season.

Four pairs of kitten heels - one light pink, one metallic silver, one metallic pink and one black with studded silver heels - laid flat on a cream background.


Mules are the ultimate mid-season shoe, their open backs ideal for mild temps. As a bonus, a mule’s pointed toe elongates the leg and instantly dresses up any outfit. This season’s most popular styles boast dreamy hues like lilac and platinum, but when in doubt, go with a sleek, classic black. 


Evolving from the mule's open-back silhouette, slingback shoes offer a clean, streamlined look with a heel strap that fits securely—a lifesaver when that three-block walk starts to feel like three miles. To give this ageless style an update, try a bright violet suede or a luxe alabaster leather. 

Three pairs of kitten heels - one white, one black and one in royal blue suede - laid flat on a cream background.
Four pairs of kitten heels - one blue, one hot pink, one black with a cream bow and one in plaid - laid flat on a cream background.


Step into a timeless favorite. Pumps are decidedly feminine, but look on point with mid-fall essentials like oversized sweaters and jeans. You can just as easily wear this style with a tailored pant for a go-to workweek look. Refresh your selection with a high-contrast, tweed, or pastel pair. 


Once the brisk days are upon us, switch to a shoe that adds protection from the elements and style. This season's booties are anything but boring. Try a pair in vibrant floral and lace, or create a focal point with fire-engine red. Animal print is shockingly versatile, and the ease of black is unmatched.

Four pairs of kitten heeled boots - one bright red, one in leopard print, one black with fabric tops, and one in floral print - laid flat on a cream background.