When sneakers and flat shoes became the new norm for the fashion crowd, we'll admit we were pretty excited. Heels had been the go-to for so long, that it was refreshing to see something different dominating the zeitgest. But even though the shoe style du hour is inches shorter than it's been in the past, the allure of a good heel still lingers. With less reason to wear them, we've developed a new appreciation for the times when we can. Heels lend a little lift to our assets, add an extra inch (or four) to our height, and add a helping hand to our sometimes-pitiful posture.
For every teetering, feel-like-you-might-roll-an-ankle stiletto out there is truly a comfortable option you can walk miles in. And our latest favorite is the block-heeled sandal: With it, your toes can breathe, your ankles stay strapped in, and, best of all, a thicker platfotm means less precarious wobbling, especially when strutting through grassy terrain and over subway grates. Sandals are already the quintessential summertime shoe, for good reason. Slap a chunky heel onto it, and suddenly your favorite casual piece of footwear is acceptable for any occasion.
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Mercedes Castillo Riza Leather-Trimmed Appliquéd Suede Sandals, $475, available at Net-a-Porter.
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Pierre Hardy Memphis Colour-Block Sandals, $795, available at Pierre Hardy.
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Zara Leather Sandals with Raffia Pompom, $69.90, available at Zara.
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Gucci Marmont GG Flora-Print Leather Block-Heel Sandals, $750, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.