Nope. Kitten heels aren’t as pictured above. They are not heels for kitties (though the thought of that makes me think of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s Kitten Mittens sketch). But they are a sweeter, more walkable version of heels for women.
When stilettos were all of the rage for grown up women in the 1950′s, the kitten heel was introduced as a training shoe for young women who wanted to get used to walking in heels. But it was Audrey Hepburn who popularized this style of heel for adult women, making the kitten heel a more demure and sophisticated version of the bombshell stiletto:
I’m sure Cat was impressed.
Kitten heels are characterized by their short, slender heels, ranging from about 1.5 inches-1.75 inches high with a slight curve setting the heel in from the edge of the shoe. They make a lovely compromise for someone wanting to wear a bit of a lift without hobbling around halfway through the day.
Some fun modernized versions to check out: