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A win-win for women's feet! High heels are out, low heels are in

April 18, 2013 at 8:36 AM ET

Stiletto sufferers, rejoice heels are coming down a notch.

Take a walk around New York City’s hottest shoe departments and you’ll quickly notice: Mid-height heels are back in a big way. At Saks Fifth Avenue, 1- to 2-inch heels are everywhere — from big designers like Valentino, Givenchy and Pierre Hardy.

“We are definitely carrying more and more of this heel height, in all silhouettes, in prints, in different patterns, studs, no studs, exotic details,” Elizabeth Kanfer, Saks’ senior fashion director of accessories, told TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie.

Unfortunately for many women’s feet, mid-sized “kitten heels” have enjoyed only short pockets of popularity since their heyday in the 1960s.

President Barack Obama, accompanied by his daughters Sasha and Malia, first lady Michelle Obama and mother-in-law Marian Robinson, waves as they arriv...
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The first family arrives at St. John's Church in Washington on Inauguration day; Mrs. Obama sported these low heels for the first part of the day, then changed into high-heeled boots.

Could the first lady be the woman to thank for their resurgence? Michelle Obama has noticeably made kitten heels a staple of her wardrobe throughout her husband’s presidency. She wore a pair during the first half of January’s Inauguration day — a sensible choice for all that standing — before changing into a higher-heel boot for the big ceremony.

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Women who are apprehensive about losing those giant heels shouldn’t be — even a small heel has a big impact on your silhouette, according to The Guardian’s fashion editor Jess Cartner-Morley. Shorter heels can do even more for your posture than too-high ones that throw you off balance, she notes.

So ladies, believe the hype — and enjoy it. As Wall Street Journal fashion director Meenal Mistry told TODAY, “Fashion trends aren’t always realistic. But this one is sort of a win-win. People like the way it looks, but it’s also practical and comfortable.”

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