Katie Holmes defends Suri’s high heels


Katie Holmes went out solo on Sunday night, attending the Dizzy Feet Foundation’s charity event. Not only did Katie look young, happy and pretty at the event (without a Xenu-sized monkey on her back), Katie actually dared to have an opinion! About something that she’s been criticized for! Why, I never! Katie addressed the complaints that she’s destroying her daughter’s fragile body by letting Suri wear high heels. Now, first of all – Suri doesn’t real wear high heels, they’re more like kitten heels or pumps. Secondly, Katie is telling those judgy moms to hush, saying “They are actually ballroom dancing shoes for kids. I found them for her and she loves them.” Crisis averted?

Katie Holmes revealed it was her own footwear that inspired her daughter’s decision to wear high heels.

“She, like every little girl – she loves my high heels,” Katie told Access Hollywood at the Dizzy Feet Foundation at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Since Suri first was spotted in public in her child-sized kitten heels earlier this fall, a debate was sparked on the Web and in parent’s magazines over whether they could present a risk to the child’s growth.

But Katie revealed the heels her daughter with Tom Cruise sports are actually supportive.

“They are actually ballroom dancing shoes for kids,” Katie said. “I found them for her and she loves them.”

Katie stepped out at the Dizzy Feet event over the weekend in support of the organization she founded alongside “So You Think You Can Dance” judges Nigel Lythgoe and Adam Shankman and “Dancing With the Stars” judge Carrie Ann Inaba, which aims to help underprivileged young people realize their dreams of becoming professional dancers.

“I’ve been a fan of dancing my whole life,” Katie said of her early love of dance. “I met with Nigel and he asked me if I wanted to be a part this… in starting this.”

And while on the podium at the event, Katie revealed the event has received over 90,000 donations, enabling them to help nine students with scholarships to various dance schools.

[From Access Hollywood]

Personally, I don’t mind pictures of Suri looking like “hell in heels”. You know what I mean? Suri has a bright, engaged little face, and I’m sure she’s a pistol in person (re: a brat). I’d imagine Katie letting Suri wear kids’ heels is one of the more normal things about Suri’s life, so God bless. Katie probably just goes along with it to avoid tantrums, so I’m not going to judge. And Tom can’t say no to Suri’s shoe requests because he wears high heels too. Ah, Xenu. There’s always a catch!

Katie and a kitten-heel clad Suri in Boston on October 26, 2009. Credit: Fame.

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  1. bella says:

    Who is the parent, Katie or Suri? I understand from what I’ve read that Xenu says children are mini-adults, but I call shenanigans on that! Adults are developed, grown, and whatever damage they do to themselves SHOULD be their own choice (w/in reason, of course). Developing feet need support, and developing personalities need discipline and to be told “NO” when necessary. Period.

  2. Lynnie says:

    It bothers me more that the kid is ALWAYS in flimsy, sleeveless dresses with no socks or tights while her zombie-mom wears wool jackets and hats.

  3. Jazz says:

    Pity her poor developing ankle bones.

  4. WTF?!? says:

    They are ballroom dancing shoes to be used on the wood floor of a dance studio for an hour or two at a stretch, not to be worn in cold weather traipsing around on concrete all day/night.
    Holmes is an idiot, and if she doesn’t get herself and Suri away from that cult, malformed ankle bones and joints will be the least of that child’s worries.

  5. Firestarter says:

    Yeah, it’s all fun and games until she has to start seeing a podiatrist after her Gymboree play dates.

    To be honest, I don’t care if the kid wears Louboutins
    (said the Jell-O way) I just wish she’d wear a coat!

  6. lin234 says:

    Suri’s a cute kid.

    Meh, I could care less what she wears. She has access to the best medical treatments in the world if any physical ailments arise because of what she’s allowed to wear. I’m definitely not worrying about her health. Kid’s go through phases with clothes. I remember in 6th grade when it was considered “cool” to wear shorts throughout winter (granted I lived in the west coast) with your arms stuck into a over-sized sweater. I would freeze along with my friends but we were stubborn. Now, there’s nothing I love more than a beautiful coat, scarfs, jeans… People go through phases with clothes.

    From what I’ve seen on Supernanny, a parents doesn’t need to be super rich or famous to turn their kids into brats. But between her parents and Scientology, I doubt she has a chance to grow up to be well-adjusted.

    I don’t know how any adult with half a working brain cell can be willing to believe in a “religion” that was written by a failed science fiction writer who was looking to get rich. Even FRANCE and Germany have recognized this scam. I’m going to stop. I don’t want Xenu coming after me.

  7. Ursula says:

    I don’t understand the fuss. I see several kids in kitten heels all the time. I don’t think it is a big deal, I don’t think Suri wears them 24/7. And if you read the story, her mother got them for her, she did not go to a store and point at them and cry her heart out. I hate it when people think they love my child more than I do.

  8. Megan says:

    awww come on! my daughter is the same way, a dress and heels is all she wants to wear! i have to force her to wear pants! she’s just a girly-girl, and there’s nothing wrong with that! ya’ll really need to lighten up!!! 🙂

  9. minnie says:

    WTF?!?: And how do you know that she wears the shoes all day long? Are you following them around all day? There have been plenty of times when Suri has been photograghed wearing her little heels, and then there are photos of her wearing flats the same day. So she obviously doesn’t wear the heels all the time. People need to mind their own business and let Katie raise her child. I agree with a comment on another site: If everyone who is so up in arms about this would direct their attention towards children who are actually being abused, maybe some lives could be saved

  10. lastwordlinda says:

    Suri should not be wearing shoes with a heel unless she is playing dressup with a friend. Most little girls have worn their mother’s old high heels then. When I was a kid, my parents made me wear ugly lace up shoes. I hated them. My friends all had kitten heels, flats etc. I don’t know how my parents put up with my constant whining and complaining. I’m glad they did. I have perfectly formed feet, no bunions, callouses, hammer-toe, heel spurs, fallen arches, overly-developed calf muscle, over-stretched heel tendons…need I go on? As long as a child is growing the parent is in charge of shaping the growth of their bones. High-heeled shoes are not the way to go. And if you like to use the argument that it’s only for a couple of hours a day, ask any parent how quickly their children outgrow their shoes. They are growing and developing 24/7.

  11. birdie says:

    As a preteen I took ballroom dancing against my will (my mother made me) and nobody wore high heeled shoes. In fact heels were completely against the rules for the kids competitions.

    Xenu lies.

  12. Sanny says:

    God knows what will happen to little girl, both parents are freaks. Katie has become a super freak from the moment she married Cruise.

  13. Ana says:

    I think it’s too early. Suri will be most likely wearing them for the rest of her life. My little girl is a year and a half and she can walk in my heels better than I can!
    But when it’s time to go outside she knows to put on her boots or Sketchers tennis shoes.
    I did see a pair of lucite heels at Sears the other day in her size. Seriously.

    lastwordlinda-It’s interesting you point that out considering Katie Holmes has horrible hammer toes herself. Horrible feet all around. You would think she would take better care of Suri’s.

  14. snowball says:

    What’s most shocking is that Katie has heels still. I didn’t think her midget husband would let her keep wearing the 4-inchers.

    As far as Suri goes, you all know she doesn’t wear them all the time and they’re hardly stilts. I had a boy, so there weren’t any arguments about whether he could wear heels or not (really!), but my two nieces go crazy for the things. And I guarantee you, my lazy sister-in-law is not buying good quality heels like Katie did.

    I think it’s the mommy in me, but I’m not worried about her feet. She’s a little one, they have the attention span of a ball of lint most of the time. In three months, she’ll scream and yell that she only wants to wear sneakers or Mary Janes or something else.

    I am with Lynnie though – get that kid a dang coat. Or put her in a cardigan like the one she’s wearing in the picture. Something. I’m more worried that Suri is going to get frostbite.

    She still is an unearthly kind of gorgeous kid. It sounds like she’s working on it already sometimes, but that one’s going to be a total handful when she’s a teenager.

  15. e says:

    “Katie probably just goes along with it to avoid tantrums, so I’m not going to judge.”

    Um yeah I am going to judge this is why so many parents these days suck at being parents. Here eat this so I don’t have to listen to you complain, drink out of this bottle and suck your pacifier till you are eight so I don’t have to hear you cry, sure watch another tv show so I don’t have to endure a fit…BE THE MOTHER F*%KING PARENT.

  16. lucy2 says:

    Well, if Mommy AND Daddy wear high heels, I guess the kids want to also! It’s not something I would want my kids running around in all the time, but once in a while for dress-up is not a big deal.
    They seem VERY indulgent of her, and I’d worry about her getting too spoiled. I know a kid a year or so older than her who gets EVERYTHING she wants no matter what it is, and she is turning into a royal monster.

  17. Bill Hicks is God says:

    Heels do not go with a bottle unless it’s a sex thing.*Edit* for GROWN-UPS (before anybody loses their mind…)

  18. minnie says:

    I agree that Katie shouldn’t let Suri wear the heels just to avoid a tantrum, but you have no proof that she is doing that. Katie said that she found the shoes for her. It doesn’t sound like Suri demanded them. I think people are letting their personal biases against the Cruises and their religion cloud their judgment. If Suri was just an anonymous little girl walking around in little 1 inch kitten heels, I’d doubt people would be outraged.

  19. Just a Poster says:

    Hey we all know this little girl will be big trouble!

    I would just be thrilled to see her with a coat on, or dressed warmly.

  20. kruczynski says:

    I don’t really think that the baby spends the whole day wearing those shoes. We can see her walking on the street, but maybe just covering the distance between the car and the shop/restaurant/whatever.

  21. princess pea says:

    Right. Because if mommy and daddy do it, it must be okay for kids too. You know, like drinking, driving, sex… oh wait.

  22. westender says:

    Tom’s other children Conner and Isabella seem to have turned out to be decent teenagers, no stories about drinking, drugs or acting up. Whether it had to do with Nicole Kidman’s influence who knows. With Suri something just screams major headaches when she becomes a teenager. Time will tell

  23. daddy of two says:

    I get the feeling a lot of the commenters here aren’t parents. I have a girl and a boy. You pick your battles. It’s no big deal for them to wear heels for a bit. I don’t let my kids wear certain things to school even if they have a cow about it, but at the same time, if my daughter wants to wear striped pants and a plaid shirt I let her. It’s no big deal. Oh, and even though it’s cold out, my son won’t wear a jacket. He’s not really in any danger of frostbite, so – fine. He’ll get cold and want the jacket eventually.

    Lighten up, people. We really know very, very little about Suri and the Cruises and their real lives. Get your own.

  24. anonymous says:

    please, get this child a coat! It is cold in NYC, today it was 37 this morning! A little cardigan is not going to cut it. I wonder why she is never pictured wearing even just a jacket? Are they an anti jacket family?

  25. jess says:

    These photos were taken several weeks ago.

  26. Bex says:

    I think she’s the next generation’s Paris Hilton waiting to happen.

  27. Bete says:

    I’m a parent and no, I wouldn’t allow my child to wear shoes like that but that’s because I can’t afford a podiatrist’s bill but they can and that’s fine. But a child’s growing feet are important and beginning the damage with heels now only indicates how stupid Tom and Katie are.

  28. anonymous says:

    @jess: Yes, these were taken several weeks ago, but in other pictures from this exact same set you can see that Katie is wearing a long sleeve sweater, a sweater vest, a hat, gloves, and long pants. If it is cold enough for mommy to need to bundle up, than why is Suri wearing no gloves, bare legs with a dress and only a light cardigan? I don’t think Katie is world’s worst mother or anything, and the heels don’t even bother me, little girls love dress up – but she needs a coat. And if you have the inclination to wear a hat, gloves and sweater yourself, than surely your child needs the same.

  29. Catherine says:

    I wasn’t aware it was anyone’s business what that kid wears besides her parents.
    I find it more disgusting when I see kids and teens out in public in their jammies and slippers walking the damn mall.

  30. Sheila says:

    Hey, y’all, if she wore a coat, the rest of us couldn’t ooh and aah over her new designer duds. Suri is the best career move yet for both Tom and Katie, why turn her into an ordinary child by wearing a coat?

  31. Firestarter says:

    @Catherine-LOL! Are you sure that was at a Mall you saw that or an old folks home? Seriously, I don’t doubt you have seen that, but that is a sad state our society is in if people are shopping in their jammies.

  32. Trillion says:

    Firestarter: It get worse! Teens in jammies/slippers has been a trend for several years now and I’m sort of amazed how long it’s lasted. When I was teaching college (3 yrs ago) students would show up like this to my class. Packs of them. College. Not high school. I quietly hated it.

  33. Corina says:

    Dress up is normal, yes. You have to pick your battles, yes. So the kiddy kitten heels aren’t a huge issue in my book, because there’s no proof that she wears them exclusively or even long enough to develop feet problems.

    That being said…

    No kid should be wearing heels in the rain with no boots and no warm clothes and no raincoat. I just saw those pics the other day and it REALLY distressed me. Katie was all bundled up in galoshes so I doubt it was a freak rainstorm that caught them off guard…I think she really does let Suri decide exactly what she gets to wear. Parents are suppose to balance what kids want with what is required to keep them safe, happy, and healthy, and it doesn’t seem like these two are managing that.

  34. Catherine says:

    Firestarter and Trillion: It is a tacky trend but the ones that need to meet my tires are the ones who walk around not only in their jammies and slippers, but also brought out their comforter to wrap around them. You see them walking down the street, just begging to be run over.
    At least pick those dirty jeans off the floor and wear those out. I will have much more respect for you that way!
    Ok, rant over, LOL

  35. GatsbyGal says:

    As long as Suri’s comfortable in them, I think it’s okay. And those heels really aren’t that big now that I get a good look at them. I know when I was a little girl, there’d be no way on earth to get me in heels. I still can’t stand to wear them, they hurt like hell. But if Suri’s feet are okay, then so am I.

  36. trollydolly says:

    The pyjamas trend is big in parts of urban Ireland too. They are usually worn by unemployed women who live off benefits in council flats. It apparently signifies that they don’t need to work and can lounge around in pyjamas all day. Oddly they have different styles of pyjamas for indoor and outdoor wear. Pink sateen with a hoody and big fluffy animal slippers is a favourite ensemble.

  37. Praise St. Angie! says:

    re: the jammies and slippers in the mall…

    I’ve seen it too. Just saw it the other day at the grocery store. and it was a FULLY GROWN WOMAN, who honestly looked to be in her 40s, not a college or hs student.

    I am reminded of Jerry Seinfeld’s bit on when George Costanza wore sweatpants out, and not to go to the gym.

    he said something to the effect of “it tells people ‘I’ve given up'” or something like that. I agree, how f-in lazy do you have to be to NOT get dressed in “outdoor” clothes before you go outdoors?! is your life SO horrible that you can’t even bring yourself to get dressed?

  38. lin234 says:

    I remember that trend started when I was in junior high. The trend was matching pj top and bottoms, plushy slippers, and some people went as far as bringing their comforters and pillows to school. I never really heard any complaints from parents about the trend because midriff tops, super short skirts, shorts were all in rage as well. I can tell you it was definitely the lesser of two evils when there were girls in skirts/shorts so short their butts were hanging out. I only went as far as pj bottoms. It was pretty convenient when you have one of those “I have nothing to wear days” or right around test time.

  39. gg says:

    I read an article on people with the jammies in Japan but assumed it wouldn’t spread. Silly me.

    As someone who has had bunion surgery on both feet, I say Suri should be wearing mary janes with a wide toe area and flat heels. The danger from bunions is of course hereditary, but pretty much induced if you wear pointy toed shoes, flat or high. The high ones just make it hurt like hell.

    The surgery for this hurts like a royal mofo, ya’ll. It’s not plastic surgery. It takes over a YEAR to even think of high heels after wards, and really, you just don’t even want to go there, so most people quit high heels for good after the surgery.

    I would not allow narrow heels on my child, ever.

  40. Truthful says:

    It irks me to see this lil kid on high heels-like she is a grown woman..

    She rules them!

    She had to find her some high heels because its what Suri wanted. bottom-line.

    no coat, no socks-traisping around town like she is a teenager–well I wonder what she’ll wear then..

  41. Cat says:

    Lol it’s ironic that people are out shopping in pajamas! What do they do with all the street clothes they buy??

  42. lucy2 says:

    It’s funny that other people mention her lack of warm clothes because I remember the same thing last fall/winter. Katie was in NY for her play and they were photographed constantly. Katie would be in sweaters and jackets and scarves, and Suri would be in a short sleeve dress. I agree about picking your battles too and wanting to give kids freedom to choose their clothes, but not when it comes to your kid getting hypothermia!

  43. fizXgirl314 says:

    praise st angie, I’ve been in such an emotional stupor that i’ve worn sweat pants out… maybe someone is going through something and doesn’t have the emotional wherewithal at the moment to get all gussied up… is it really THAT hard to understand?

  44. Bill Hicks is God says:

    The jammies, slippers and blankets are perfect preparation for being homeless and jobless because of the glut of MBA hopefuls in the current post-secondary environment.

  45. snowball says:

    Where have I been that I’ve never seen anyone out in jammies and slippers with blankets? And I even live near a huge college.

    fiz, I wear sweatpants out too sometimes. To the grocery store or a quick trip somewhere. I don’t think it’s crazy. Hell, I’m wearing them now, although I don’t plan on going anywhere.

  46. PJ says:

    I live in a city where Suri has been photographed a lot lately, and no way has she been appropriately dressed for the weather. She was probably the only kid in town still wearing sandals.

    Katie was wearing sweaters and tall boots on days when everybody else here was wearing light winter coats and jackets. I attribute it to the fact that Katie lives in L.A. where you don’t need to buy cold-weather clothes.
    Maybe she just doesn’t know how to dress in a colder climate?

  47. PJ says:

    Kids wearing “adult” clothing like heels, jewelry, makeup, etc., is disturbing to me. I think parents should not be pressured into dressing their kids like little adults.

    Unfortunately there are strong commercial forces that would love to market adult styles to children. There is a lot of money to be made at this!

    I bet Katie Holmes gets all kinds of freebies sent to her, and unwittingly is setting up Suri as a poster child for children’s fashion. Suri wearing a designer’s clothes is probably a more effective marketing tool than traditional advertisements.

    Or is Katie getting paid to dress Suri in certain designer clothes, like the football player who gets paid to sip on a bottle of Gatorade at a game?

  48. Ben says:

    You people are really quite ridiculous making comments and complaints about her not wearing a coat or warm enough clothes.
    If the child is cold she’ll ask for a coat, you act like a kid doesn’t know when they are warm or cold. Why force a coat on someone when they don’t want it, or just because you’re cold (something my mum always tried to do with me).

  49. Ana says:

    At the jammmies conversation.
    I wore pjs to school constantly…and slept there too! Lol. My senior year I lived in them. It was so wonderful. I could wake up 5 minutes till and roll out of bed. I just didn’t care. Sometimes I would stay the weekend at my boyfriends (Now my husband. My mom thought I was with my friend) and wear his baggy t-shirts to school.
    I outgrew it though. I do sometimes wear workout shorts to WalMart. But I mean…it’s Wal Mart haha.
    I think it’s better than some of the stuff a lot of girls are wearing. I kid you not I saw a girl’s pubic hair. She also had on a thin, cut up t shirt with no bra.

  50. mockingbird says:

    Do not forget that Suri is also carried by Katie and Tom… how old is she? Perhaps the reason Suri wants to be carried is because her feet hurt.

  51. ViktoryGin says:

    I wasn’t going to chime in on this issue, but there are OTHER pics of Suri in OTHER heels. So, this is not completely isolated. You can find pics @ Best Week Ever.

  52. Greta says:

    The clothes are the least of her problems!

    Has anyone considered the psychological damage of being photographed everyday from infancy? That kid always knows where the camera is. What does she tell herself is the reason the cameras take her picture? A child that age barely knows the difference between their fantasy world and the real world.

    I think we’re watching a scary psychological reality t.v. show starring Suri (who did not choose to be paraded like a monkey down every street in the world…truly abusive parents!)

  53. fizXgirl314 says:


  54. fizXgirl314 says:

    I’m with Ben on this one… the best motivation for wearing a jacket is the pain of being cold itself… that’s not something you can ignore… I think kids tend to be warmer than adults because their little hearts beat faster and their bodies are probably still able to keep optimally warm…. That’s why old ladies are always cold and kids are always warm… my nephew is always running around in underwear and shit cuz he’s super warm… and that kid is a HANDFUL… I wonder if there is a direct correlation between how warm a kid is and how bratty they are… I mean it sort of makes sense that if they are hyperactive, they are probably warmer… something related to the way they burn energy/calories. *shrug*

  55. Tess says:

    I get the point that little girls like to play dress-up, with heels, crowns, boas, sequins, etc.

    But, let’s face it….she’s a pap target, and under intense scrutiny when the parental units take her out in public.

    And that’s my issue. She looks tarted up, a brunette Jon-Benet Ramsey…and reponsible parents would not let her be photographed that way.

    Parents can say yes at home but take charge in public.

  56. Prissa says:

    Wow, guys, I feel really bad now. Admittedly, I’ve gone to 7-Eleven or even the grocery store in pajama bottoms and flip flops. It’s not that my life is bad or that I’ve given up. Ususally, it’s my day off and I just don’t feel like getting dressed for a quick trip to the store. Oops. :0{

  57. Sumodo says:

    I think this is how Posh ended up with THE FEET FROM HELL! I wonder if Posh is secretly behind the Xenu heels on Suri? Those shoes are not meant to be worn by a three year old, and not full time. Didn’t Candy Spelling shop at a small persons’ clothing store to buy outfits and matching heels for Tori when she was little? BIZZARO PEOPLE!

  58. tinarog says:

    I don’t think she’s going to freeze to death. Like at the person walking behind them in a short sleeve sweater and sandals.

  59. rhia says:

    Aww…she looks so cute in her little heels!

  60. Nebraska says:

    In the eighties, sweatpants for everyday wear was all the rage and wore them almost every day everywhere. They were known back then as jogging pants.

  61. Rochelle says:

    Okay, it’s been established that high hills can cause medical problems in little suri’s future! But she better take heed and slow that little baby down! Letting her grow up too fast may come back to bite her in her ass! And I know that she doesn’t want boy problems sooner, rather than later!! We as mothers, were not put here to be our childrens friends, but to be their MOTHER, who will steer them in the right direction!! Katie, girl you better plug in, and I mean like YESTERDAY, before it is too late!!!

  62. crash2GO2 says:

    Weird thread. In southern California people wear sweats out and about and shorts all year round. And definitely go to Wal Mart in workout shorts. I suppose customs are wildly different depending on where you live.

  63. CB Rawks says:

    She’s going to be a scary tween.
    Maybe she would look less pure evil if they pulled the hair back from covering half her face and put it in a barrette or pig tails. Nah. She’d still be blank like the Midwich Cuckoos.

  64. Kara says:

    this child has been weird from the time she was 1. She looks like a sad kid, always alone with her mom. She looks like a child with messy hair, who doesnt get fed or washed. For a millionairess, she looks like she lives with expensive clothes in the gutter. This family is wrong, something very strange about all of them. The heels arent important compared to the rest of things.

  65. 2drunk2drive says:

    It’s Scientology you have to worry about, NOT THE HEELS!

  66. kat says:

    People need to mind their own business and let Katie raise her child. I agree with a comment on another site:

    If everyone who is so up in arms about this would direct their attention abused, maybe some lives could be saved

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