Street Style -Paris Fashion Week : Day Eight Womenswear Fall Winter 2016/2017

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Ah, the block heel: a divergent style from the days of stilettos and red soled pumps, but the current choice of the chicest of chic in the fashion world.

It’s no surprise that this chunky style has picked up steam, with normcore and ’90s fashion becoming more than just a trend. But what’s hard to conjure up is how this heavy-looking styling from the days of the Spice Girls and butterfly hair clips became the staple cool-girl heel. While the chunkier platform style is the choice for Williamsburg hipsters and health-goth lovers, the more dainty, vintage-inspired styles have been pupping up everywhere. This style ain’t just for those grandma heels you’ve seen everywhere. Gone are the days that skinny-heeled pumps rule the scene and welcome the chunky block heel into your more easily-walkable wardrobe.

Here are 8 block heel shoes that feel delicate and cool at the same damn time.

(Related: 7 Flat Sandals That Are Still Statement-Making)

Khaki Tie-Up Block Heel Sandals (River Island, $110)


I love a good khaki green suede, and these lace up sandals have enough substance to not feel like they’re gonna break or fall off, but don’t feel heavy or bulky.

ASOS PRINCIPAL Lace Up Pointed Heels (ASOS, $94)

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A bejeweled heel and a fully-laced front? Sign me up.

Sole Society Kaydan Shoe (Sole Society, $59.96)


I’m usually not a fan of sling-backs (they look like grandma heels, and not in a good way) but the color and heel height of these make them just cool enough to work.

Block-heeled Pumps (H&M, $35.99)

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I’ve tried these on in the store (they never actually have my size though) and fell in love. The color is super chic and the cutout insole keeps these from looking like bad ’90s shoes.

ASOS HANOI Heeled Sandals (ASOS, $85)

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Metallics are huge this season and what better way to incorporate it than a silver sandal with an embellished heel? The block heel makes these much more casual than if it had a stiletto.

MeghanSAYS ‘OMG’ Pointy Toe Pump (Nordstrom, $157.95)


These are like the perfect block heel pump. Because of the contrasting heel and denim material, they don’t feel one bit outdated.

Watch Me Wow Black Lace-Up Heels (LuLu*s, $26)


If you do need something a bit more dressy, go for a sandal with a more substantial front but a simple, chic lace up at the ankle to keep it from feeling too heavy.

Intentionally Blank ‘Hatter’ in Cognac (Need Supply Co., $198)

h56cb852a95ad2These, to me, are the perfect block heel shoe. The detail of the lace up isn’t too overwhelming, the color is spot on and the heel height isn’t too low or too high.