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Trend Alert: The Block Heel

Looking good doesn’t have to be a constant balancing act spent on the tiniest of heels. We’re in a society filled with fierce women—if the shoe fits your personality, shouldn’t you wear it? The strong and sturdy block heel is one swanky step in the right direction for bold women looking to transition from work to play.

The daring shoe style has appeared in some of the most sought-after designer collections. Here are just a few of our favorite block heels this season:

The Simple Sandal

These Burberry stunners are ideal for the woman who likes to balance her classic elegance with comfort. While pumps are admirably stylish, there is something liberating about a shorter and subtle sandal. The opulent gold check-engraved heel brings this pair of nude sandals to brilliant heights.
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Check Detail Leather Sandals $595, Burberry (305) 932-9023

Loud & Luxurious

You’ll want to thank your lucky stars and stripes for Gucci’s Aline Block Heel Sandal — literally. Timeless Gucci features, like discernable stripes, juxtaposed to the modern, chunky heel is a match made in retail heaven. This adventurous pair is a natural statement maker, instantly becoming the principal piece in any outfit.
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Gucci Aline Block Heel $750, Bloomingdale’s (305) 792-1000

The Low-Down Look

As the saying goes, big things come in small packages — Tory Burch’s Gigi pumps are no exception. These patent leather pumps are a striking compromise between a heel and a flat. The classic round toe and flared block heel give a delicate nod to the ‘60s, making these petite pumps a mod must-have. A short heel will pair beautifully with anything, especially your favorite shift dress.
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Gigi Pump in Port $275, Tory Burch (305) 932-9337

The Bold Ballerina

Whether you just wrapped up your morning barre class or you’re making a grand jeté into Sunday brunch, these lace-up block heels are a graceful option for the demure at heart. Available in chic suede or luxe nubuc, this ballet-inspired shoe adds delicate sophistication to any outfit. Tie-up flats were all the rage in spring, but adding a little height can go a long way this season.
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The Cordon Pump $398, Stuart Weitzman (305) 932-0080

The Modern Mule

What makes a powerful heel even stronger? The woman who created it, of course. Diane von Furstenburg, a design powerhouse of our time, introduced a bevy of block heels into her collection this season. The classic mule, formerly a staple of the 18th century, has been modernized by her bold ornaments and vivacious personality. DVF’s Taviano design is an instant star among the collection, with perforated suede that’s breathable for the Miami heat. Pair with your favorite culottes for the ultimate ensemble.
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Taviano Perferated Suede Mule $328, DVF (305) 735-8960

The Sumptuous Skyscraper

You’re brave and beautiful—why not top off your look with your head held high? If you’re looking to stand tall, a towering block heel will certainly lend a confidence boost. Jimmy Choo’s ‘Kaytrin’ Wraparound Strap Sandal is a lush option to lengthen your legs in the most lavish way possible. While the wrapped strap adds the support you need to go the distance, these shoes are the epitome of uplifting.
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Jimmy Choo’s ‘Kaytrin’ Wraparound Strap Sandal $895, Nordstrom (305) 356-6900

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