The Suri Cruise effect Designer Michael Kors is now selling three-inch heels for girls as young as six
22:27 GMT, 20 June 2012
22:27 GMT, 20 June 2012
High-end designers like Michael Kors are now making heels for little girls, and parents are buying them.
After Suri Cruise was seen wearing a pair of gold, low-heeled shoes for the first time three years ago, it seems heels for little girls outside the dress-up box are becoming increasingly popular.
Now Michael Kors, just one designer making heels for tiny tots, is selling three-inch wedges that could easily be seen on any urban teenager.
Too trendy Michael Kors sells three-inch wedges for young girls which could easily been seen on any teenager
While the shoes are advertised as being for toddlers and youth, the size chart correlates to girls aged between six and ten years old.
His children's boho-style, espadrille wedge
with a three-inch heel priced at $74 are part of a collection which also includes glittered and leopard-print two-inch heels for $66.
Trend-setter: Suri Cruise often wears children's heels, which is becoming increasingly popular among young girls
However Michael Kors isn't the only label marketing heels to young girls.
Target currently sells espadrilles with
2.25 inch heel to kindergarten-aged girls, which are found under the
'trendy' section of its website for $20.
Jessica Simpson Kids and Kenneth Cole Kids also sell heels for young girls, slightly lower at just under two inches.
Interestingly, many mothers with small
feet are buying the shoes for themselves, as well as their
daughters, who aspire to look like their well-heeled mums.
One young reviewer of the Michael
Kors three-inch wedge wrote in the comments: 'These shoes are so cute.
Unfortunately my mom said that I cannot get them as I am not allowed to
has been pictured a number of times in public with heels and lipstick in
what her mother, Katie Holmes, claims is just a harmless dress-up game.
However, health experts warn the shoes can damage feet and posture.
Sammy Margo of the Chartered Society of
Physiotherapy said putting a child into even slightly higher shoes
shortens muscles in the calf while lengthening others.
Designer heels: Michael Kors espadrille wedge with a three-inch heel sells for $74, while the glittered and two-inch heels cost $66
Chain-store following: Target currently sells espadrilles with 2.25 inch heel to kindergarten-aged girls, found under the 'trendy' section of its website for $20
high heels are also part of a raft of products said to be sexualising
young girls, including a first make-up kit for girls of five and
T-shirts for toddlers emblazoned with 'Future footballer's wife'.
Katie Holmes has defended her daughter's outfits. She told a U.S. TV show: 'Like every little girl, she loves my high heels.
They are actually ballroom dancing shoes for kids. I found them for her and she loves them.'