This Spring Shoe Trend Will Make You Love Heels Again

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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If you need further convincing, the 20 options ahead should seal the deal for you. We're definitely one, two stepping into these chunky sandals this spring.
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Etienne Aigner Ella Knotted Strap Sandal, $295, available at Etienne Aigner.
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Mercedes Castillo Riza Leather-Trimmed Appliquéd Suede Sandals, $475, available at Net-a-Porter.
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Katy Perry Footwear The Selby, $99, available at Katy Perry Footwear.
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Pierre Hardy Memphis Colour-Block Sandals, $795, available at Pierre Hardy.
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Alexander Wang Cage Abby Suede Sandal with Rhodium, $525, available at Alexander Wang.
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Stuart Weitzman The Swiftkeel Sandal, $445, available at Stuart Weitzman.
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Mango Leather Strap Sandals, $119.99, available at Mango.
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Topshop Napoli Knotted Heeled Sandals, $90, available at Topshop.
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Zara Leather Sandals with Raffia Pompom, $69.90, available at Zara.
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Nine West Blessing Open Toe Sandals, $89 $69.99, available at Nine West.
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Loq Almansa, $335, available at Loq.
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Frances Valentine Betty Block Heel Sandal, $395, available at Frances Valentine.
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Asos Tassa Buckle Sandals, $49, available at Asos.
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Maryam Naassir Zadeh Suede Palma Low Sandals, $420, available at Forward by Elyse Walker.
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Loeffler Randall Emi Block Heel Sandal, $325, available at Loeffler Randall.
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Maje Heeled Sandals with Studs, $525, available at Maje.
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Marais Jardin Heel, $260, available at Marais.
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H&M Sandals, $34.99, available at H&M.
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Gucci Marmont GG Flora-Print Leather Block-Heel Sandals, $750, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
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Chie Mihara Cross-Over Sandals, $244, available at Farfetch.