10/28/2010 11:21 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

How Michelle Obama Revived Kitten Heels

Along with chiseled arms, kitten heels have become a trademark of Obama's White House style. Because of her statuesque frame, they've brought her down to size (or at least closer to her husband's size) and are an important puzzle piece in her carefully curated public image. Her heels are always low to the ground (and often shiny), but set a tone for how she presents herself to the world--and distinguish her from other first ladies, both American and international.

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