Block Heels – Taking Fashion Over 40 To New Heights

Thank Goodness the fashion world has tuned into what our crowd has been wanting for a long time….  a shoe with a sturdy heel that doesn’t make your feet ache, and that also looks stylish and chic. I’m python pumptalking about 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.

Still, I don’t want to feel like an old lady wearing flats all the time, either so a shoe like these Aubree snakeskin pumps with their block heel are a great in-between.  Please comment below and let’s do a poll, do you like block heels over 40? Yay or Nay? Here are some great looking block heels in stores right now.


Pretty Proper

Many of you have written to say you are looking for a versatile all around low heeled dress show that will go with everything. This Dana pump is a great pick. If you are truly after comfort you are going to love these classic patent block heeled shoes in nude.

nude block heel
Sexy Slingback

I personally prefer a higher block heel. This would be something I would buy. It’s modern and sexy and elegant all at the same time. I highly recommend this  Coach -Ingrada slingback sandal to update your look.

sexy slingback block heel shoe
Playful and Fun

Sometimes you just need a fun shoe in your closet and this leopard print block heel is a good option. Tip: This Ima slide sandal is the the kind of shoe that attracts attention so be sure to to get  good pedicure.

leopard print block heel
Red Alert

A simple shoe in a stunning finish! These red suede block heeled shoes will give life to a special outfit. Check out the glitter heel on this Jocelyn pump. These are special.

red block heel pump
My Faves!

I really like these Coach- Kylie Mules. I know I was complaining about high heels but again, it ‘s the skinny heels that hurt your feet. These heels are chunkier and more balanced, so your weight is distributed more evenly.

These are from Coach. I always like their shoes. The caramel color looks so good on your foot whether you are tanned or not, and I love that rich chain detail.

caramel mule
Conservative, but Not Boring

Here’s a block heel shoe that is a sophisticated choice for the office. The buckle on this black pump add style and personality.

black block heel
Crystal Clear Choice

Do you see the little crystals on the block heel? Kind of different, isn’t it?

This glam metallic sandal is on the dressy side for sure. I think it would make an excellent mother of the bride or groom shoe.  A wedding is a time when a woman really wants comfort more than anything, but she also wants to look memorable. These Harah Sandals from Dune will do the trick.

crystal block heel
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 gold heel adds a touch of glam to this Ted Baker Motangny sandal.

black block heel
Quality  Counts

Quality shoes speak volumes and these python spectator pumps are a good example. This is the kind of shoe that mixes a classic style with a touch of a trend- a formula that many stylish women over 40 are aiming for when they dress. Here’s where you’ll find this cap toe leather pump.

snakeskin spectator pump


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  1. Ann Brooks says:

    I absolutely hate the block heels, there is nothing attractive about them and very difficult to wear if you have small ankles and legs, all you see is that heel. A nice high heel rather than stiletto would be nice though. Love looking at your site..

  2. Beth Richards says:

    I love the block heels. I still have difficulty with foot pain and walking in the taller heels but at least I can have a hope of something fashionable without the granny look. Love them.

  3. Undoubtedly these sandals and shoes are all very comfortable. However, there is always this thin line between stylish and granny style.
    I like your faves and also the sling-backs or the pink ones but wouldn’t even try on the DvF sandals …

    • Thanks for your comments Annette. I always try to show a pair I like and some that are not for me too because everyone has a different style and there is no right or wrong when it comes to fashion and expressing your inner self via your wardrobe.

  4. Maissaa Zahran says:

    I always did like block heels. They were so in in the late 90’s as well, and I was less than thirty then and sill loved them. I think they are a classic look, much more practical and I think the right ones may even give a more professional look than the narrow heels. So it is a welcome comeback as far as I am concerned. Plus I don’t think they necessarily give an old vibe (not that old is bad) it depends on the overall style and color.

  5. Wanda Jollymore says:

    I still wear heels and even the occasional platform wedge shoe. I am petite and not a big fan of flats, but i do like a low block heel as an alternative to a flat. I wear plain, low block heel shoes with leggings and a tunic or with a short skirt or dress. I find the look just slightly more elongating than flats, which tend to make my legs look like they end an inch sooner. My basic black ones are wearing out, so I must look for a replacement pair while the selection and quality is good.

  6. Shirlee Miller says:

    Ummmm, nice shoes, but any recommendations for more affordable options?

  7. I love the block heels in all shapes and sizes. I can’t wear any kind of stilletto since an illness left me with limited mobility in my ankles. The block heals are perfect for that. I actually kind of liked the little beige ones with bows, they almost look like little ballet shoes, but I absolutely adore the first ones with lots of colour, great for summer. The sling back were super cute too. I think it really depends what you match any of these with – the retro look could look cool and not grandmaish with the right outfit.

  8. While block heels are practical I feel that they age a woman drastically. As a 47 yr old I want to look fabulously hip . A block heel no matter how pretty the rest of the shoe it does indeed make one look older . They are more for a woman in her … Maybe mid to late 60’s and over. There is no way to dress a block heel that will look younger unless it is a stiletto type .

  9. Linda H says:

    I just bought a pair of adorable silver sandals to wear with a red dress on a cruise. The approx 2″ high heel is a block heel and now I can wear them with confidence that I found out here that they are stylish even if they aren’t skinny heels. Yea! Thank you Fab after 40!

  10. Love the New Egizia Slingback Sandals but the ones by Diane Von Furstenberg look almost exactly like the ones my grandmother wore. I am hesitant to go down that road yet.

    I am glad to see this trend because the block heels are so comfortable and easy to walk in.

    • Wanda Jollymore says:

      You might be surprised at how nice they would look. I have a similar pair that are about 2 years old. Mine are red. I wore them today with a red T-shirt dress of heavy acetate knit and got a ton of compliments on them. I have come to realize that sometimes things look better on me than they do on the rack or in the box.