Welcome to the new school of low-heeled heels. Here you'll find a slick range of sexy slingback kitten heels (in brocade finishes and floral prints), polished ankle-strap pumps with crystal embellishments, and classic nude iterations, too. The common denominator? Despite the "under three inches" rule, these shoes pack a just-as-cool punch. And if you're worried about not fully maximizing the leggy look (yes, we know a killer pair of sky-high stilettos does wonders for lengthening your frame), then have a little fun with it. Go for a thigh-skimming skirt instead. All the convincing you'll need to take the low-heel plunge — aside from the obvious comfort perk — is just a click, or 32, ahead.
It's time to kick off your (uber-high) heels, because low heels (3 inches and below) are breaking ground. Seen at runways like Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, and Peter Som, this demure heel height isn't just more walkable; it's also right on trend. Watch our video to check out four pairs that will put a little Spring in your step right now.
There's a low-heel revolution underway, and if you need proof of its burgeoning takeover, then just look to the Fall '13 runways (Victoria Beckham, Proenza Schouler, Sophie Theallet, and Diesel Black Gold among them), the street-style set, and the 28 pairs worth shopping now for reinforcement. Of course, as if that isn't enough, today's Burberry collection certainly drives the point home: a low heel can be as chic as the highest stiletto. Christopher Bailey's latest included classic heritage pieces, along with exaggerated prints, and tougher grommet textures — all styled with leopard-print kitten wedges (pictured below).
In effect, it's a bit of a Marie Antoinette setup — you can have your cake and eat it too — courtesy of the kind of cool-girl heels that are being offered up in lower heights. Sophistication without the pain of four-inch heels? No argument here. From the Burberry kitten wedge (so subtle) to a more regal-looking Elizabeth and James mule to Valentino's current rock-studded ankle-strap sandals, there's a low-heeled look for every style personality. And while we here at POPSUGAR love ourselves a killer heel, we couldn't be more pleased with the current change of pace. What's your stance on the low-heel revolution?