We’re big on having options—especially when it comes to shoes. Flats and high heels make their own kind of statements, but some outfits call for an in-between. The kitten heel is more than just a happy medium, though. It’s long been considered a refined, feminine dress shoe, popularized by style icons like Audrey Hepburn. Now, the micro-heel has resurged in a range of on-trend styles and silhouettes: think booties, mules, and even sandals. While we’re nearly through sandal season, you can keep this shoe in your rotation straight through fall. The trick is to transition from partially-open styles (which complement shorts, dresses, and late-summer
Mules are the ultimate mid-season shoe, their open backs ideal for mild temps. As a bonus, a mule’s pointed toe elongates the leg and instantly dresses up any outfit. This season’s most popular styles boast dreamy hues like lilac and platinum, but when in doubt, go with a sleek, classic black.
Evolving from the mule's open-back silhouette, slingback shoes offer a clean, streamlined look with a heel strap that fits securely—a lifesaver when that three-block walk starts to feel like three miles. To give this ageless style an update, try a bright violet suede or a luxe alabaster leather.
Step into a timeless favorite. Pumps are decidedly feminine, but look on point with mid-fall essentials like oversized sweaters and jeans. You can just as easily wear this style with a tailored pant for a go-to workweek look. Refresh your selection with a high-contrast, tweed, or pastel pair.
Once the brisk days are upon us, switch to a shoe that adds protection from the elements and style. This season's booties are anything but boring. Try a pair in vibrant floral and lace, or create a focal point with fire-engine red. Animal print is shockingly versatile, and the ease of black is unmatched.