Spring's Most Coveted Shoe: The OTT Kitten Heel

2017 saw the return of the kitten heel. Yes, we were reluctant at first. Yes, we didn't believe it would catch on. But this unexpected fashion comeback has earned itself a nice little spot in our wardrobes. And, let's face it, our hearts.
This season, the trend for kitten heels isn't going away. Be they bejewelled, printed, textured, adorned with a bow (which is oh-so-2018 by the way) or simply a bright and bold colour, this season's kittens certainly aren't anything you would catch your granny in.
Where else would we find the most delectable selection of spring's hottest trend than our one-stop fashion haven, NET-A-PORTER? With more shoes than we'll ever have occasion to wear, there are OTT kitten heels aplenty. We've selected our top four favourite pairs for spring and put together some outfits to wear them with. Because as we all know, every great look starts with a pair of shoes.
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These Miu Miu kittens will sharpen up even the most thrown-together outfit. Both feminine and playful, embellished heels are perfect worn in the evening with silk trousers or a dress, or simply with jeans in the day.

Miu Miu Jewel Embellished Kitten Heels, £700, available at NET-A-PORTER
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What to wear with the Miu Miu kittens

Take heed from the catwalk with a pair of indigo denim tailored trousers. Chic and versatile (and one of the most flattering things you could ever invest in), these are perfect dressed up with the Miu Miu heels. An oversized denim jacket over a pyjama silk shirt will finish off this seemingly effortless get-up.

Styling Tip: Keep colours tonal – embellished heels should be the standout piece in any outfit.

Simon Miller Toluca cropped denim jacket, £405; La Ligne Bonne Nuit silk-satin shirt, £230; A.P.C. Atelier De Production Et De Création Sailor cropped high-rise wide-leg jeans £155; Hunting Season Tula velvet shoulder bag, £420 all available at NET-A-PORTER
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These chilli-red pumps are how all kitten heels should be: comfortable AND stylish! The devil is in the detail; thanks to the self-tying strap, you can wear these slingback-style or wrapped around the ankle.

Ganni Red Snake Effect Kitten Heels, £200, exclusive to NET-A-PORTER
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What to wear with the Ganni kittens

The skirt length of the season is the midi, and it's the perfect complement to a kitten heel. Go bold on colour for a beautiful contrast and salute to spring. A few black accessories will harden up the look and take you from day to night and back again.

Styling Tip: Don't wrap the strap too high, especially when wearing with a mid-length skirt. It's all about the ankle...

TIBI Convertible draped woven midi skirt, £380; Maggie Marilyn It's a Lovely Day striped silk-satin shirt, £385; Elizabeth and James Pen Pal textured-leather belt bag, £115; Laura Lambardi Curve gold-tone hoop earrings, £105 all available at NET-A-PORTER
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Whether your go-to is leather trousers or a sharp suit, this Prada pair is a stunning starting point for many an outfit. Red patent with a sharp heel and a monochrome georgette bow – how's that for a statement?

Prada Red Patent Kitten Heels with Printed Bows, £640, available at NET-A-PORTER
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What to wear with the Prada kittens

As versatile as they are, a darker palette lends itself to the toughness of these shoes. Mix in different textures – from leather to denim to knit to silk – to complement the glossy finish. To dress them down, team with a neutral knit – another must-buy for the season.

Styling Tip: Keep the crop of your trousers above the ankle bone and let these heels shine.

Rag & Bone Cropped high-rise straight-leg jeans, £280; ISABEL MARANT ÉTOILE Gatlin striped alpaca-blend sweater, £235; WWAKE Nestled 14-karat gold opal ring, £345; KARA Shopper mini leather tote, £290 all available at NET-A-PORTER
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Tabitha Simmons combines three of spring's biggest trends: kitten heels, bows and marigold-yellow. These elegant kittens are simple and chic; they're OTT without being OTT. Know what we mean?

Tabitha Simmons Yellow Satin Kitten Heels with Bow, £475 available at NET-A-PORTER
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What to wear with the Tabitha Simmons kitten heels

Few things work better with an elegant satin shoe than a pair of pinstriped, cropped trousers. Team with a simple tee and either a silk or velvet blazer for a relaxed, nonchalant vibe. Less is more here; let the heel be the statement.

Styling Tip: A clash can be great – think stripes of different thicknesses – but avoid check and floral-printed blazers with pinstripe trousers.

Acne Studios Cropped pinstriped wool and cotton-blend straight-leg pant, £320; ATM Anthony thomas Melillo Schoolboy slub cotton-jersey T-shirt, £80; Staud Grace two-tone satin tote, £210; Madewell Cotton-blend velvet blazer, £190 all available at NET-A-PORTER

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