These Are The Ugly Shoes You’re Going To Be Wearing This Year

By Stephanie Bain

If you thought 2016 was bad, hold on—2017 has brought the return of the kitten heel. The low-heeled nightmare you’d normally associate with grandmas and politicians has been given a high fashion makeover. Along with other faux-pas you thought you’d never see the return of (velour tracksuit anyone?), kitten heels have made a quiet comeback for SS17. But who wants to wear heels that look like they’ve been squashed down anyway?

Call it the Vetements effect but it seems that everything Demna Gvasalia touches turns to gold. Kitten heels were shown at the cult label’s show as part of a collaboration with Manolo Blahnik. Balenciaga did them too (dammit Demna). As did Maria Grazia Chiuri for her first collection at Dior. Then there was Gucci, Saint Laurent, Céline and Prada too. And the Olsens designed some for The Row. See where we’re going here?

We have to say though, kitten heels are practical. Far nicer to walk in, it’s at least one way to help kick your Uber habit. Plus, they work with the ripped jeans and fishnets look that marks the recent 80s revival and you can even find a pair to suit every budget—& Other Stories and Zara have some versions that look way more expensive than they actually are.

We hate to admit it, but kitten heels aren’t so bad after all. Take a look at our edit of kitten heels to see which ones have won us over.