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Glossary of Shoe Styles: Kitten Heels

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The height, shape & placement of the heel on these Nine West pumps makes them kitten heels.
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Definition: A kitten heel is a type of shoe with a thin-based, low heel (usually 1.5 inches or less) that is set in from the back of the shoe.

Especially popular on pumps, kitten heels can be found on many types of women's dress shoes. More than just being a low heel, what makes a pair of shoes "kitten heeled" is the placement and feminine shape of the heel (see photo).

Also Known As: kitten heel shoes, kitten-heeled shoes

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