24 Feb I object to kitten heels
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I was quite mortified-ish to read a write up in the January issue of Harper’s Bazaar about the return of the kitten heel. They even had an image of a Manolo Blahnik kitten heel in support of this. I won’t have it. Even if Michelle Obama (who I love) is wearing them, I refuse to give up the stiff calves and aching feet of a platform or stiletto for the in between lady like demureness of a kitten heel.
Perhaps I am an extremist, but I only believe in very flat or very high – nothing in between.
Some people reading this, who might know me personally, might find this statement a paradox of sorts because I am constantly complaining about how I don’t want to tower over people, which is a semi-truth. This does not however prevent me from speaking out against the nondescript kitten heel and its middle road place in my world of shoes.
One can not ignore the aesthetic of the Roger Vivier stiletto, I even wrote a paper on the history of the stiletto heel for an art history essay (I really was reaching with that one). Think about it, the prettiest of all the shoes in the store is always the skyscraper Louboutin’s, Jimmy Choo’s or Aldos. I have never had a kitten heel or a ballet pump (mind you) make me gasp and go “Oh My Gaaawd!”
When I was younger I used to always fantasize about the day I would be able to wear my mother’s stiletto heels, because those were always the prettiest shoes – the ones that transformed mom into a gorgeous statuesque woman with fantastic style in my little eyes. I never ever used to fantasize about wearing her kitten heels, because the stiletto or platform heel is almost always a work of art. A gorgeous accessory to transform even the most dressed down ensemble into something that could get a second look. Very high and excruciatingly painful, they are really meant to be works of art that sit at the end of your feet whilst you’re perched on a bar stool making a statement. A statement that I just don’t believe I could make in a pair of dainty kitty heels.