It’s as if fashion has finally tuned into what our crowd has been wanting for a long time…. fab shoes with a lower heel that don’t hurt your feet, but still looks stylish. and chic. Welcome block heels!
Although I’ve always loved high, skinny heels and wore them throughout my 20’s and 30’s, when I got into my 40’s things changed. My lifestyle shifted and became more casual. I was working from home and being a mom and didn’t have any reason to wear heels unless I was dressing up for a conference or business meeting.
These days I find that I’m a little out of practice walking around in skinny heels, and in truth, I’m not really interested in them so much anymore, except to wear on special occasions. That’s because they’re just not comfortable or practical for running errands, shopping, meeting friends, etc.
However, on the other hand, I don’t want to feel like an old lady wearing flats all the time, either. Shoes with block heels are a great in-between.
Typically they’re low to medium height (although there are lots of higher ones out there too). The advantage is that no matter what the height, because the heel is wide, square and chunky, these kind of shoes feel better on your feet and are much easier to walk in.
They also give you those extra few inches that you don’t get from flats, elongating your legs and making you look taller and slimmer. Yay for that!
Very practical, I’d say and they can be quite lovely. I say “can” because while some look totally chic, others make me think of my Nana’s shoes. Yup, my Nana always wore these type of shoes (so does the Queen). Maybe yours did too?
They’re kind of 60’s/70’s mod which means the young gals have never seen them before and think they are so cool. Me, I do like some of them very much, while others give me flashbacks and turn me off completely.
Here are some interesting block heels I came across researching this trend. Please comment below and let’s do a poll, do you like block heels over 40? Will you be wearing them this spring?
Here’s what I have been talking about. These might work for you, but for me, too grandma. I’m not one for bows and frilly stuff and I like a bit more of a heel.
I’ve always had a soft spot for slingbacks. There is something really sexy about them, especially when they also have a super pointy toe. That pointy toe really elongates your legs and the gold color acts like a neutral and goes with everything.
Don’t know if you noticed, but the heel is silver, so you have that color block effect of gold/copper/silver which makes these pumps very modern.
|Playful and Fun
Here’s a more dramatic version of that color block shoe I was mentioning. This slingback sandal comes with a higher heel too. You’ve got a platform and a large heel on which to spread out your weight, so if you do prefer a heel, this one is better than a skinny minnie one.
Tip: Keep your pedicure understated, even neutral with this shoe. Can you visualize red toes with this shoe? It would be too much and compete with the shoe.
Remember great style is a balancing act.
It’s summer but these winter white shoes are a great choice. White shoes haven’t been in for a long time but suddenly they are back and that’s a good thing because they look really fresh.
I prefer this off white shade. White-white can be so stark that they often make the shoes look cheap. These sandals are a great all-round practical shoe that will go with everything and any color.
I really like these. I know I was complaining about high heels but again, it ‘s the skinny ones that hurt your feet. These heels are chunkier and more balanced, so they’re more comfy.
I love this caramel color that looks so good on your foot whether you are tanned or not, and that touch of orange just sings summer. The tropical weave on this sandal is classy and relaxed.
|Conservative, but Not Boring
Here’s a block heel shoe that is a sleek and sophisticated choice for the woman who wants a really minimum height and total comfort. These shoes would be a great choice for the office.
|Crystal Clear Choice
Do you see the little crystals on the block heel? Kind of different isn’t it?
This classy satin pump is on the dressy side for sure, but I think it would make an excellent mother of the bride or groom shoe. That is a day when a woman really wants comfort more than anything, but she also wants to look memorable. These shoes will do the trick.
|Block Heels with a Rock Vibe
If you want to add a little bit of a casual rock n’ roll vibe to your outfit, these block heels are a great choice. The studs give these sandals a slighty tough look. It’s always nice to add a little edginess to an outfit that is too perfect because perfect is boring. These are fun.
Quality shoes speak volumes and these sandals are a good example. They’re casual but rich looking which is the look many stylish women over 40 are aiming for.