Call it the Suri Cruise effect, when it comes to little girls' footwear, heels and wedges have become the new normal. According to a recent story in The New York Times, the increasing popularity of fashion-forward shoes for girls is part of an overarching "mini me" trend in childrenswear. More and more designers are creating apparel that mimics mom and dad's looks, and kids' shoes with grown-up style are just a part of the mix.
A representative from Steve Madden, where half of the Spring/Summer line for kids features some form of a heel, told the Times, "Something sells well in women's, we'll pick it up in kids." Steve Madden isn't the only brand designing grown-up shoes for little feet. GapKids, Nina, Michael Michael Kors, and Stuart Weitzman are all in on the heel game as well.
Sarah Cannova, the owner of Sassanova, a chain of shoe and accessories boutiques in the Washington, DC area, has a different perspective. "You're basically giving the green light to expediting childhood and going full speed on to womanhood. Childhood is over soon enough as it is."
Where do you stand on the great heel debate? At what age do you think it's appropriate for girls to get a little lift?