Kids in Heels: 21st or 18th Century Trend?


Girls like to wear heels, and the New York Times is worried. And, indeed, if that's their worry, they should watch out: Half of the shoes Steve Madden Kids’ spring-summer collection have heels, and GapKids offers young consumers two styles of wedge flip-flops. Last year, Abercrombie Kids pulled a push-up bikini top off its website in response to public pressure, and Vogue was called “disgraceful and totally irresponsible” for putting a 10-year-old on the cover.

From the Times' "'Mini-Me' With High Heels of Her Own":

But wait. Tthis is hardly the first time in history children’s fashions have resembled their parents’. In fact, this “trend” might actually mark a return to tradition: Until pretty recently (i.e. the last few decades of the 18th century), young children were regularly dressed as mini-adults. If you think Toddlers and Tiaras is bad, imagine little girls lacing up corsets and bodices. Looser-fitting clothing for kids only came into fashion along with Enlightenment ideas about childhood as a carefree, innocent time.

I don’t mean to get too sentimental here; children also used to labor in factories 14 hours a day. But I bet wedges for 11-year-olds don’t seem so bad after looking at these:

Suri Cruise, are you listening?