If there is a moment in kitten heel history that I will never forget, it is this: Alexis Neiers, a.k.a. the “Bling Ring” member who reportedly stole from celebrities like Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton, flipping out about a Vanity Fair article by Nancy Jo Sales on her 2010 reality show Pretty Wild. The operative reasoning for said meltdown? A correction on the type of shoes she wore to court. “She said I was wearing six-inch Louboutins to court with my tweed outfit,” Neiers screams at her mother before making a call to Sales. “I wasn’t wearing Louboutins, I was wearing little brown kitten heels, fucking bitch!”
It was at that moment that little brown kitten heels (specifically from Bebe, as she later reveals on the actual voicemail) became the marker of a particular type of Orange County rich girl in the late-aughts. And, like everything else from the 2000s that ended up on MTV, they have somehow returned in 2019 and are all over our Instagram feeds.
So, Alexis, now is the time for your style redemption. Below, find some modernized kitten heel outfit ideas, plus some of our favorite picks to get the look.