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Street Style Inspo: Fresh Ways to Wear the Kitten Heel

They're not just for lolas and librarians.
Street Style Inspo: Fresh Ways to Wear the Kitten Heel
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They're not just for lolas and librarians.

We can totally imagine Audrey Hepburn in Mansur Gavriel kitten heels, if the waiflike silver screen star were alive today. Fun fact: Audrey, style icon of time-transcending proportions, was a leader of the low heel movement in the 1960s, when the look was popularized as a political rejection to the stiletto. And now the kitten heel is back with a vengeanceChanel, Prada, and Jimmy Choo are reinterpreting their classics, while younger brands like J.W.Anderson and Mansur Gavriel offer a modern, structural spin.

Originally introduced in the 1950s for teenage girls as "trainer heels," the kitten has since been lovingly adopted by street style stars and celebrities, who prefer them for running around Fashion Week and even treading red carpets (after all, nothing's a bigger faux pas than shoes you can't walk in!). Isn't that enough reason for you to try them on, too? Our advice: Pair the dainty heel with something to rough it up, like angsty ripped denims or a sultry animal print. Or, go all-out femme in voluminous ruffles!

Let us just put this out there, once and for all: The kitten heel is one of the season's comfiest shoes, so you can banish every notion of pantyhose-clad grannies now. Still having trouble visualizing it? Below, we've done a lightning-quick roundup of 15 street style snaps which prove that you don't need skyscraper stilettos to make a statement. It's 2017—and kitten heels are officially modern, not matronly!

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