Measure your sexiness

Last updated 09:55 22/08/2012

I snooped into Runway Shoes over the weekend to perve and dribble on and lick the new Stella McCartney range. My eyeballs dropped on discovery of this nude shoe, and for one of the few times in my life I was confused. In a world of intense shoe love or hate there is usually no middle ground to my extremes. But here I was on the fence. Did I like this shoe? On the one hand the design was great, but on the other it was the tone of flesh, and worst of all - it had a kitten heel.

my foot

My veiny foot in Stella McCartney kitten heels in Runway. Sexual or sensible?

In a world of fabulous fluff, neon, sparkles, short skirts and designer gears, sky-high heels live. They're a prerequisite for a chic outfit, and they add a kickass punch of sexy to anything from sparkly panties to slobby grey trackpants. They are a power pack of bottom-shaping goodness, and some say (Christian Louboutin among them) that they are sculptural icons that hint at eroticism. They are, in fact, about the only skerrick of sexy I wear.

So if high heels are the epitome of sexy, where do kitten heels fit in the mix?

In Tauranga? At the pensioners bridge club? At your third form dance? Or in fashion?


The shoes as seen on the runway at Stella McCartney ss2012.

It doesn't take a dummy to notice kitten heels invading our consciousness (and our net-a-porter). But what of it? Is Stella saying that kittens are in?  And it's not just her, a whole heap of other designers are saying it too.



Clockwise from top left: Alexander Wang, Miu Miu, Nicholas Kirkwood and Dries van Noten.

The inevitable here is to compare the kitten to high heels. If we were to put them head to head with the butt-lifting skyscrapers, how would they fare? In the realm of sexy, where do kittens sit? At a willy-shrivelling 1, or right up there at a drooling googling 10? Can sexiness be measured in inches?


And a more affordable collection: Clockwise from top left - Number One Shoes $39.99, Hannahs $59.99, Diana Ferrari about $120 from Styletread, and Robert Robert, about $200 from Styletread.

What say you, dear reader? Are kitten heels Timaru or Tokyo? Milton or Milan? Does sexy sit at one inch or six?

How does the poor kitten fare?

I value your thoughts, throw them at me!







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Mandy   #1   10:04 am Aug 22 2012

What about compared to flats?! Can't say I'm excited about any of those shoes B. Possibly the heel on the Miu Miu ones would be cute with trousers.

Higher the better   #2   10:13 am Aug 22 2012

This upsets me! I definitely believe sexiness can be measured in (heel) inches - the higher, the hotter! I can, of course, acknowledge the comfort of a kitten heel, but come on now, they just don't have the same effect as a beautiful 4 inch stiletto or block heel. What have you dooonnneee STELLA!?

J   #3   10:47 am Aug 22 2012

I agree with Mandy #1.. Not so keen on these but I am more of a wedges girl..

amp50   #4   10:48 am Aug 22 2012

Sexy is an over-rated value - particularly in terms of shoes! I'll say it again - shoes need to be healthy as well as attractive! And these kitten heels - in the various guises shown in the photos above look good and are better for your feet both in the short and long term. Perhaps clothes designers should think a bit more broadly and design clothes that look good when worn with more than styles of shoes than the very high. Is health to be sacrificed for FASHION, Bronwyn?

MH   #5   10:53 am Aug 22 2012

I LOVE me a kitten heel, with size 6 feet, the angle of a stilletto is evil. Kitten heels all the way, they are the heel of choice for my teeny feet.

HGF   #6   10:57 am Aug 22 2012

I think it depends on the shoe and the shape of the heel. Some look bizarre, as if the heel and the shoe were never meant to be together and some look lovely. The Number One shoes pair looks a lot hotter in black as the diamond shape sparkly on the front stands out more, they look a bit more Art Deco (I have been shopping for bridesmaid shoes...). I take it on a case by case basis, I choose my shoes based on the overall look, not the height of the heel (unless it's more than 6 inches; too high for me)

Rachel   #7   11:48 am Aug 22 2012

I am with #5.. Thank god for that! size 6 feet and stilletto heels are killing me!

laura   #8   11:53 am Aug 22 2012

Aha! I was wondering why GaGa has been wearing flats lately! Love the nude kitten heels- I'm a sucker for a good Mary Jane and really should get into the nude trend to lenghen out my legs!

Busymum   #9   11:53 am Aug 22 2012

I'm with MH #5 - small feet make high heels really uncomfortable. Kitten heels are much better, and can still give your legs and butt a lift, just without killing you.

Gee   #10   11:57 am Aug 22 2012

I think the Stella ones are a bit more than kitten height. Or is it the angle of the photo : not on the ground but mid air?

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