I Always Skip Uncomfortable Heels—Here's What I Wear Instead

Kristen Nichols
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Years ago, I had a theory that heels only improved with height and amassed a collection of super tall shoes. Fast-forward to more recently and I’ve pretty much abandoned any heels that are more than three inches high, aside from a few exceptions. Yep, kitten heels with their subtle, comfortable height have instead taken over my closet. And looking to the outfits fashion people are wearing, you’re guaranteed to find them in the most stylish wardrobes.

I’m personally a huge fan of pointed mules with a short heel. I bought a vintage Prada pair earlier this year and they have quickly become the shoe I wear more than any others in my closet. Sleek and polished, they are the heel I pair with just about any outfit I throw on. But there are plenty of other styles of kitten heels worthy of adding to your closet. Ahead, I’m highlighting the ones that are fashion insider-approved.

Pointed

A personal favorite shoe shape of mine: the pointed kitten heel. As I mentioned above, this is my holy grail shoe staple that I simply can't quit.

Mango Heel Leather Shoes ($120)

H&M Faux Suede Sandals ($30)

Manolo Blahnik Maysale Buckled Suede Mules ($745)

Flip-Flop

The flip-flop is undergoing a renaissance with heeled versions popping up everywhere. A subtle kitten heel takes them to the next level.

Reike Nen X Strap Flip Flop Heels ($330)

Mango Heel Leather Sandals ($80)

Jeffrey Campbell Kyra Sandals ($130)

Open-Toe

H&M Mules ($35)

Gia Borghini X Pernille Teisbaek Flip Flop Mules ($425)

Mango Heeled Denim Sandals ($60)

Strappy

Strappy heels are the '90s-inspired trend we've been talking about for seasons and seasons but they're not going away anytime soon. This pretty shoe looks good with just about anything.

Manu Atelier Naomi Slipper Sandals ($390)

Staud Gita Chain Sandals ($350)

Reike Nen 3 Strappy Pointed Sandals ($320)

Animal Print

If you're looking for something that reads as fun, you can't go wrong with animal prints like leopard or snakeskin. This outfit is inspiring me to pair kitten heels with swimsuits.

Bottega Veneta Zebra-Print Textured-Leather Pumps ($970)

Alaïa 55mm Leather-Trimmed Leopard-Print Calf Hair Pumps ($1160)

Stuart Weitzman 75mm Olive Mules ($425)

Faux Croc

Faux croc instantly reads as polished so they're the perfect piece to dress up denim or a pretty maxi dress.

Mango Heel Croc-Effect Sandals ($60)

By Far Bibi Bow-Embellished Croc-Effect Leather Sandals ($410)

Stuart Weitzman 75mm Olive Mules ($425)

Textured

A printed calf hair or ruched details adds cool texture that instantly elevates a kitten heel. These faux cow-print ones from Aimee Song's collection have taken over.

Song of Style Arrow Heel ($158)

Khaite Palermo Gathered Satin Pumps ($780)

Wandler Ava Kitten Heels ($500)

Next, read about the 25 fashion finds I'm obsessing over right now.

This post was published at an earlier date and has been updated.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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