Katie Holmes has defended her decision to dress three-year-old daughter Suri Cruise in high heels.

Parenting forums have criticised Holmes and her husband, Tom Cruise, for dressing the little girl in "inappropriate" footwear, and the subject has become a hot topic on celebrity websites.

Suri is regularly photographed wearing silver or gold kitten heels on shopping trips with her mother.

Speaking to Access Hollywood, Holmes said the heels did Suri no harm. "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," she said.

Suri has become one of the most photographed celebrity offspring in the world, and one report estimated that her designer wardrobe was worth £2 million.