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Kitten heels: Discover SS24’s hottest new shoe trend

Instantly update your spring wardrobe with the must-have shoe of the season

If last season was all about embellished ballet pumps, spring’s footwear must-have is kitten heels. According to global shopping platform Lyst, Miu Miu’s patent-leather buckled slingback kitten heels were one of the most searched-for products in the last quarter of 2023, while Miu Miu was crowned the hottest brand of the year. Now it seems influencers and A-listers can’t get enough of these ladylike shoes. 

Kitten Heels: Our Edit Of Ss24’S Hottest New Shoe TrendPin
Gucci

After appearing on the Miu Miu A/W23 catwalk last season, kitten heels went right to the top of every fashion editor’s wish list. But these mid-heel shoes are nothing new. They first rose to prominence in the ‘50s, when the name was coined as they were considered a training heel for ‘kittens’ – adolescent girls who weren’t quite ready to graduate to the era’s newly popular sky-high stilettos.

Kitten Heels: Our Edit Of Ss24’S Hottest New Shoe TrendPin

Despite being seen initially as a ‘training shoe’, kitten heels soon gained popularity in the ‘60s, when they were embraced by the Beatniks and Mods, who loved the fact they could dance in them. Kitten heels were last big in the ‘90s, after supermodels like Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford and Linda Evangelista were spotted wearing them on their many cover shoots. Now the kitten heel is firmly back in style, with everyone from Kendall Jenner to Gigi Hadid embracing the trend.

Kitten Heels: Our Edit Of Ss24’S Hottest New Shoe TrendPin

Miu Miu isn’t the only brand that’s fallen for the kitten heel’s charms this season. At last month’s Jacquemus ‘Les Sculptures’ catwalk show in Saint-Paul de Vence in the South of France, models walked down the runway in a succession of feminine kitten heels, some with ankle straps, others adorned with bows. This was also the first glimpse we were given of the soon-to-be-cult Les Doubles Sandales, with a silhouette that appears to perch two kitten-heeled shoes on top of one another. 

Kitten Heels: Our Edit Of Ss24’S Hottest New Shoe TrendPin
Jacquemus Les Doubles sandal

Of course, kitten heels haven’t always been fashionable. Despite being a staple of ‘90s wardrobes, they were largely shunned in the Noughties and ‘10s due to their overly prim and polished look. But the latest SS24’s versions feel decidedly modern, updated with sharply pointed toes, strappy slingback details and innovative new silhouettes. These mid-heel shoes are also incredibly versatile, and feel like a more grown-up evolution from last season’s fancy flats. 

Kitten Heels: Our Edit Of Ss24’S Hottest New Shoe TrendPin
Reformation

Despite their enduring popularity over the decades, the latest crop of kitten heels feels fresh and new for this year. They go with every outfit choice, from maxi, midi and micro hemlines to slim leg trousers and baggy jeans. Putting on a pair of kitten heels instantly elevates any outfit and makes you look more put together. They’re also chic and dressy without sacrificing on comfort – invest in the right pair and they’ll take you from a day of meetings to an elegant evening soirée. Here’s our edit of the best SS24 kitten heels to buy now. 

The Glossary Edit

Kitten Heels New Shoe Trend

Kitten Heels: Our Edit Of Ss24’S Hottest New Shoe TrendPin

Miu Miu

Patent leather slingbacks with buckles
£925

Kitten Heels: Our Edit Of Ss24’S Hottest New Shoe TrendPin

Gucci

Tom 50 embellished mesh pumps
£790

Kitten Heels: Our Edit Of Ss24’S Hottest New Shoe TrendPin

Saint Laurent

Cherish 30 leopard-print slingback pumps
£735

Kitten Heels: Our Edit Of Ss24’S Hottest New Shoe TrendPin

Prada

Crystal-embellished point-toe pumps
£1,100

Kitten Heels: Our Edit Of Ss24’S Hottest New Shoe TrendPin

Jimmy Choo

Amita 45 slingback courts
£650

Kitten Heels: Our Edit Of Ss24’S Hottest New Shoe TrendPin

Aquazzura

Gatsby slingback courts
£950

Kitten Heels: Our Edit Of Ss24’S Hottest New Shoe TrendPin

Alaïa

Coeur 55 slingback pumps
£880

Kitten Heels: Our Edit Of Ss24’S Hottest New Shoe TrendPin

Versace

Medusa 40 denim Kitten Heels
£640

Kitten Heels: Our Edit Of Ss24’S Hottest New Shoe TrendPin

Khaite

River 45 metallic leather mules
£870

Kitten Heels: Our Edit Of Ss24’S Hottest New Shoe TrendPin

Givenchy

Show kitten-heel leather slingback courts
£725

Kitten Heels: Our Edit Of Ss24’S Hottest New Shoe TrendPin

Stuart Weitzman

Eva 35 suede Kitten Heels
£375

Kitten Heels: Our Edit Of Ss24’S Hottest New Shoe TrendPin

Valentino Garavani

VLogo 40 canvas slingback Kitten Heels
£850

Kitten Heels: Our Edit Of Ss24’S Hottest New Shoe TrendPin

Proenza Schouler

60 leather slingback sandals
£460

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