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How sales of little girls' high heels have skyrocketed thanks to Little Miss Cruise's mini

imageSuri Cruise caused quite the stir when she was spotted wearing high heels at the tender age of three, but the grown up style has apparently spread to playgrounds across the country.

According to market research company the NPD group, the sales of fashion footwear for girls grew nine per cent in the last year, after a five per cent growth the previous year.

Now, high heel shoes for young girls is a $4billion industry, thanks to a 'mini me' craze that sees daughters eager to emulate the style of their mothers.

Following in mom's footsteps: Sales of fashion footwear for girls grew nine per cent in the last year, thanks to a 'mini me' craze that sees daughters eager to emulate the style of their mothers

Brands including GapKids, Steve Madden Kids and Stuart Weitzman for Asics gelquantum 360 SHIFT Children have all jumped on the bandwagon, producing footwear for kids that resembles adult styles seen on the runway.

On the GapKids website, there are four varieties of glittery and colorful wedge sandals for salomon suppliers ireland girls, ranging in price from $11.99 to $14.99.

Around half of the shoes in Steve Madden

Kids' spring/summer collection feature an elevated sole, including a

$39.99 junior Under Armour Fat Tire3 version of the hidden wedge sneaker made popular by

designer Isabel Marant.

are marketed for Asics Kinsei7 men kids aged four to eight and eight to twelve, feature aShoe brand asics 22 Nina also offers a selection of kitten heels and cork wedges for mini me fashionistas.

'Girls want to emulate mom more, and parents are letting kids experiment with dressing up more'many parents scoffed at Katie Holmes' decision to let her young girl

wear high heels, it would appear they are increasingly giving in to theIndeed, Marshal Cohen, chief retail

analyst at NPD, told the New York Times that the increase in the salomon running shoes ireland'

popularity has as much to do with parents as it does with children.

'Girls want to emulate mom more, and

parents are letting kids experiment with dressing up more,' he explained.

imageCopycats: 'Girls want to emulate mom more, and parents are letting kids experiment with dressing up more,' explained Marshal Cohen, chief retail analyst at NPD (left, wedge sandal for $48.95; right, kitten heel for $49.95)