Minted - Ferragamo £400
Skinted- Marian £80
Small heels equal feminine elegance
To Hedi Slimane, the artistic director of the Saint Laurent fashion house, the kitten heel is a nice
‘lady’ variant of the heel.
The small heel - 3.5 and 5cm - was born in 1950, counteracting the heavy, solid design of the shoes
of the war. The curves in this design were in tune with the lines of ‘New Look’ invented by Christian
Dior in 1947. No longer in vogue, the practical wedges and platforms of the ‘30s and ‘40s made way
for a court shoe with a higher, slender heel that perfectly complemented Dior’s overtly feminine
look. Dior’s creation was a stylish breath of fresh air, and after years of practical clothing, rationing
and ‘making do and mending’, women on both sides of the Atlantic were keen to embrace it. This
small heel was popularized by Audrey Hepburn in the film Breakfast at Tiffany's (Tiffany) in 1961.
Discover our selection of shoes with small heels.