The 19 Best Wedding Kitten Heels

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Elle Cashin
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Elle Cashin
The Knot Fashion Contributor
  • Elle writes for The Knot online with a focus on fashion, covering gown design trends and shoppable accessories.
  • Elle is a contributor to wedding publications across the country, including Brides, The New York Times Vows and Modern Luxury Weddings.
  • Prior to shifting to weddings, Elle covered lifestyle, culture and celebrity across Chicago as the editor of the Chicago Tribune’s SPLASH magazine, where she interviewed cele...
Updated Feb 13, 2023
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There's been a lot of mewing about wedding kitten heels lately, but let's get right down to it: Exactly what are kitten heels? The term refers specifically to the height of the heel, which falls in at a low 1.5 to 2 inches. A little history: The style became popular in the '50s as training heels for younger women before they made the jump to towering stilettos. As such, they are generally more comfortable and easier to walk in than a high heel or platform. Lucky for us, what was developed as a training style has made a recent comeback as a fashion-forward shoe silhouette for women. And, we can't think of a better argument for a heel with comfort and walkability than your wedding day. Bridal shoes with kitten heels come in a super wide range of styles, colors, silhouettes (from open-toe to slingback) and materials. Here, we've rounded up 19 adorable styles that cover all the bases and will take you far past your wedding—they say a kitten heel has nine lives, after all.

Nina Shoes Brystol Pump

ivory kitten heel with embellished strap

These ivory kitten heel wedding shoes check all the pretty boxes. They are rendered in an off-white satin fabric that will mesh beautifully with your wedding gown, and feature a rhinestone strap for a touch of bling. But it's the kitten heel and cushioned insole that will give you lift and comfort to dance the night away.

Katy Perry The Golden Studded Pump

transparent kitten heel with studs

Pulled straight from the pages of Cinderella, these transparent kitten heel wedding shoes give off all the storybook wedding vibes. Tiny rhinestone studs add a touch of unique sparkle, and the pointed toe is chic and modern. The iridescent style is also available in a light tan that blends beautifully with your skin tone.

Gucci Women's GG Slingback Pump

slingback pumps with Gucci logo in crystals

Most wedding shoes get worn once and then relegated to the back of the closet—but kitten heels are such a wearable style that they're worth a splurge. It's why we love this Gucci slingback, a retro design inspired by the fashion house's 1990s archives. Logo GG crystals add a touch of sparkle to the neutral rose gold upper; post-wedding, they're a dressy choice for a night on the town.

Manolo Blahnik Maysale Bride Mules

crepe de chine mules with square crystal buckle

Another splurge, these cream-colored crepe de chine mules feature the famous Manolo Blahnik square crystal buckle. They're beautifully bridal in white, but can dress up jeans and a button down or complement a jewel-toned gala gown after the wedding.

Seychelles Neve Heels in Light Blue

satin slingbacks with bow on front

From buckles to bows. We're obsessed with these satin slingback slip-ons, understated in ivory or the perfect something blue in light blue satin. The neatly tied fabric bow embellishment is ultra-on-trend.

Touch Ups Dyeable Satin Mules with Jeweled Strap

satin kitten heels with criss cross straps and crystals

We love a pop of color in a wedding shoe, and this chic satin kitten heel can be color-customized to match your wedding palette. The white satin is dyeable in more than 50 shades. (Fear not, the manufacturer dyes it for you!) Pro tip: Since dye is water soluble and will run if it gets wet, these are best for indoor weddings. And, this shoe fits the bill in terms of heel height—how high are kitten heels? 1.5-2 inches; this comes in at 1.75—but with a unique curved wedge instead of a skinny heel.

Dune London Dianas Slingbacks

metallic mesh kitten heels

A shimmering metallic mesh fabric gives texture to these slingback gold kitten heels for weddings, and the pattern on the pointed toe packs a geometric punch. Play up the gold with your jewelry and accessories. We love the idea of a chain strap fabric purse.

Bella Belle Felicity Lace Bow Slingback Kitten Heel

mesh kitten heels with pointed toe and bow on front

A power player in the bridal shoe space, Bella Belle hits a home run with this kitten heel wedding shoe. The lace mesh upper is traditional and classic, while the prominent three-dimensional bow is playful and modern. Plus, Bella Belle knows how wedding days go: This shoe features extra padding for comfort all day long.

Kate Spade Love Slide Sandals

slide sandals with kitten heel

Looking for a novel accessory to add to your look? This wedding kitten heel takes the cake—literally. Instead of a stiletto or chunky heel, this heel is actually a miniature two-inch snow globe, inside of which is none other than a beautifully iced three-tier wedding cake.

Jewel by Badgley Misckha Geranium Heels

pointed kitten heel with crystal bows on front and ankle straps

Chic in champagne is a theme we're running with these days, and these bridal kitten heels fit the bill. The low pump silhouette gets secured with a dainty ankle strap, and a jeweled bow adorns the pointed toe. Psst, for a little extra shimmer, the style is also available in sparkly gold or silver.

Jeffrey Campbell Viona Crystal Buckle Pump

pointed toe kitten heel with round crystal buckle

Looking for a kitten heel to wear with an on-trend tailored bridal suit? We've found the perfect one. This unique wedding kitten heel has a menswear-inspired loafer look, played up with über-feminine details like a pointed toe, crystal-embellished buckle and, of course, the 1.25-inch silver orb-shaped heel.

Schutz Maryana Lo Crocodile-Embossed Leather Boots

knee high crocodile boot with kitten heel

Bridal boots are having a major moment, and we love that many styles have a comfortable low heel. For comfortable kitten heel wedding shoes with a Western edge, these croc-embossed Schutz boots are perfectly paired with your party-ready second look.

Cult Gaia Roxy Pearl Pump

clear kitten heel adorned with pearls

With a transparent upper and modest heel, this sweet pump was designed to elongate the leg; we love it with a mini or cocktail-length bridal dress. Play off the peal embellishments by adding pearl earrings, or a necklace if your dress is strapless.

DB Studio Metallic Square-Toe Crisscross Mules

kitten heel mules with criss cross straps

How high are kitten heels? These mules are on the taller end at a full 2 inches, but we love the way the crisscross strap adds a touch of sparkle as your shoes kick out from the hem on your walk down the aisle. For even more sparkle, opt for the glittery Champagne colorway.

Schutz Agatha Mid Sandal

strappy leather kitten heels

A strappy wedding kitten heel to complement a strappy gown, this white leather bridal shoe is elegant in its simplicity and ideal for a summer wedding. Dress it up on the big day, then wear it again and again on your tropical honeymoon.

Larroude The Valerie Mule

silver sandal kitten heels with knotted front

This silvery knotted sandal puts a disco twist on bridal kitten heels, and we're here for it. Style it with a party-ready second look when you're ready to swap out the ball gown and hit the afterparty.

Journee Collection Allana Pump

mesh and leather kitten heels with polka dot design

We love a playful polka dot. This sheer slide features a pointed toe and vegan leather details, plus a dotted mesh panel and comfort strap across the top. Pair it with a vintage dress with '50s-era details for the perfect something-old and something-new combo.

Kate Whitcomb Paisley Ivory Heels

mesh kitten heels embellished with crystals

An ultra-comfortable silhouette gets dressed up with hand-set gems in this bridal kitten heel, which has a mesh top and ivory satin details on the trim, heel and sole. A padded insole promises even more comfort on the dance floor.

Cult Gaia Uma Sandal

clear slide kitten heel with sparkly shag on front

The fashion-forward label adds a little sparkly shag to a clear PVC upper in these flirty white kitten heel wedding shoes, and the heel itself blends into its surroundings in a solid clear. Psst, these shoes are going fast, so you'll want to set alerts for a restock.

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