When it comes to city footwear, there is a lot to be said about functionality and comfort. There’s a reason why stiletto heels are carried as a change-into option in your tote while your commuter shoes adorn your feet. But this ultra-sophisticated and dually pragmatic shoe trend has come straight from the runway to save your feet. And per usual, New Yorkers are early adopters.
Kitten heels have been around for a while, but only recently have they become synonymous with elevated, trend-forward dressing. Brands like The Row, Khaite, and Prada have updated this sensible shoe style with modern silhouettes. From early-aughts thong flip-flops to barely-there strappy sandals, the options for this micro-heel style are vast.
Below, I’ve nailed down the top five kitten-heel trends for 2023 with the shopping picks to match. Stay comfortable and look chic doing it.