I recently got back from the BlogPaws pet blogging conference, where it wasn’t unusual to hang out with a dog in the hotel bar, sit in a session with a foster kitten or two, or see a 30-pound rabbit going by in a stroller. Another common sight? Attendees wearing animal-inspired fashions. I saw feline-themed shirts, shoes, bags, jewelry, and nail art.
As for me, I represented in a bird dress, cat sweater, Catsparella T-shirt, and Catster tote, but one piece that was conspicuously absent from my ensemble was a pair of cat shoes. A few months ago I rounded up some of my favorite cat flats of the moment, but recently I’ve discovered even more feline-friendly footwear for just about any occasion.
Artist Alice Toler (aka ShoeTrip) specializes in turning plain ol’ shoes into custom works of art, whether you send her an old pair or upgrade to brand-new ones, like in the case of these custom kitty kicks.
TOMS, the shoe where every pair purchased also benefits a person in need, are already effortlessly cool on their own, but how amazing would it be to have your own cats painted on them? That’s exactly what Toler did for a customer named Elizabeth, who wanted to cover her feet with her very own kitties. The beige flats were completely transformed into one-of-a-kind works of art, which she can now treasure forever (or until they get too stinky).
Need something dressier for a night out on the prowl? Trade in your comfy flats for some fierce platforms that aren’t lacking in cat appeal and are on trend with all of the pretty pastel clothing currently in stores.
At $44.99, these deliciously minty-green wedges are a more economical version of the Charlotte Olympia version (priced at $600-plus), and would look majorly cute paired with skinny jeans or funky tights. They’re also made out of vegan faux-suede, so everyone can wear ’em without guilt.
The singer used her inner cat lady to dictate my favorite design in the collection (seriously, I want these sooo bad), which include all of her favorite things, like hearts, bows, and, of course, kitties. The internationally recognized symbols of cuteness really pop in aqua against the red shoe, which also comes adorned with a golden guitar pick.
One of the few pairs of cat footwear I saw at BlogPaws was this super chic pair of kitten heels from BC Footwear. I like how the mini-heel makes them fancier than flats, yet they’re not neck-breakers either, so you can actually wear them for a reasonable amount of time and not want to die on your feet.
The distinct white feline design is lifted from a similar Miu Miu kitty print from a few seasons back, a fact that will help earn you points toward your cat-fashion cred.
5. Platform Sneakers
Another trend I’ve spotted in the wild recently is platform sneakers in kooky kitty prints. Jeffrey Campbell’s high-tops tower above the rest with their delightfully quirky cat tapestry fabric, while Buffalo collaborated with Solestruck for an out-of-this-world moon shoe covered in an all-over pussycat print.
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