Hello Fashion Friday friends! I’ve missed you. I have all these fashion posts running around in my head and no time to write them. But today we’re talking shoes. One of my favorite topics. I won’t even tell you how my daughter is growing to love shoes. Uh-oh. I can’t get her to buy clothes but shoes she is 110% there! This could be a problem.
But the shoes we’re talking about today, she doesn’t really have a need for yet.
For today’s Fashion Friday: The Block Heel. I used to hate block heels. But they are coming in with a vengeance, they even have their own category on some shoe websites, and there are some super cute ones. Not to mention they are massively easier to walk in than my old school spikey narrow heel!
I work on a corporate campus that is large and involves a lot of walking. As a result, I’ve resorted more and more to flats (sigh) and wedges. Now that the block heel is sweeping the fashion pages, I have a fun new alternative. I just purchased my first pair, a pointy snake print that I adore, and I have no problem hiking all over my campus in these nearly 3 inchers.
So what am I loving in the block? Well, it isn’t just heels. But it definitely starts with heels.
For work, I love these Tahari pumps in baby blue. I’m about to write a post on why you should be buying shoes in all colors, but this will get you off to a smashing start. If you must stick with black, then do it in a fun way. And these Adrienne Vittadini black blocks are all fun. Absolutely work appropriate but more interesting than a standard black block heel!
On the sandal front, you know I’m living in Texas where it is 101 degrees in September so you can absolutely have fall sandals here, you have OODLES of options.
These “mauve” (I can’t believe I’m recommending mauve – does anyone feel the 1980s? Not with these!) sandals are the priciest on my list, the only ones coming in over $100, but they’re Marc Jacobs and really fun. If you have a birthday gift card to DSW, this might be a fun place to spend it. And in suede, they’re CLEARLY a fall sandal! Can you believe these cognac ones are Clark’s? I really didn’t know they had cute shoes and these would be comfy to boot.
Speaking of boots, if you don’t live in a place where it is triple digits in the FALL (don’t judge me for being bitter), then there are some fabulous boot block options too.
My first offering is an ankle boot from Steve Madden in a fabulous snake print, the same print as my block heel, that will go with everything you wear and add a little spice (and not of the pumpkin variety). This rich chocolate brown Franco Sarto bootie would be a classic addition for any fall wardrobe. If you’re uncertain about the pointy toe, I love a good point, go up a half size to give you wiggle room (literally). And while I usually veto a brown flat, I love me a good brown boot.
A word of caution: if you tend to have thicker ankles and lower leg, then just be careful on the block heel. Some can result in a look that is even thicker. But certain styles definitely work – just check it out in a full length mirror. This is true for everyone trying on shoes. Don’t rely on those little foot mirrors! Find a full length mirror, and also pick up your trouser if you’re not in a skirt to get the full look.
What about you? Are you loving the block trend? How do you wear them?