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Published on July 29th, 2017 | by Kirsten Borrink

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We Welcome the Return of Bold and Beautiful Block Heels

Let’s say farewell to thin, spindly heels for now and welcome back chunky block heels. This is a trend we can support here at the Barking Dog. Low block heels under three inches will provide a leg-enlongating look without the pain and discomfort of a stiletto. The wider, chunkier heel distributes weight better than a thinner heel allowing for longer-wear and improved walkability.

Howard Osterman, a Washington DC based podiatrist approves of block heels in a 2017 article for Health.com, “The wider the heel, the less one has to balance on the shoe,” Dr. Osterman explains. “Think of the heel like a stilt–the smaller the heel, the more the calf muscles have to work, which can be unstable and fatiguing.” Another bonus of block heels: most have round or almond toes which are kinder and gentler on bunions.

We’ve rounded up our favorite block heels with lower heel-heights, comfort footbeds, rounded toes and good reviews. Pair them with cropped pants or jeans for a casual look, dress them up with a pencil skirt or a dress. If you’re still not sure how you would wear the new block heels, visit the Naturalizer blog for four creative ideas.

Naturalizer Whitney Block Heels

Naturalizer Whitney Block Heels

The Naturalizer Whitney is the quintessential block heel pump if you’re wanting to add this style to your wardrobe for under $100. With a padded forefoot, contoured footbed with arch support and rounded toe, the Whitney gets high marks for all-day comfort. We love the pastel suede hues, but it also comes neutral shades of black and taupe. Available in sizes 4-12 and four widths from Naturalizer.com, Nordstrom and Zappos.

French Sole Trance Block Heels

French Sole Trance Block Heels

French Sole is known for their classic ballet flats but they’re soaring to knew heights with the Trance pump. We love the flared shape of the 2 1/4″ block heel–a modern take on a classic style. Available in whole and half sizes 6-10, 11 from Zappos and Amazon. Find the teal suede at FrenchSoleShoes.com.

Clarks Tealia Gia Block Heels

Clarks Tealia Gia Block Heels

The loafer-inspired Clarks Tealia Gia is new for fall and comes in a lovely navy suede (plus black and gray). The cushioned footbed is plush and offers moderate arch support. Available in whole and half sizes 5-10, 11, 12 from Nordstrom.

Sam Edelman Clover d'Orsay Block Heels

Sam Edelman Clover d’Orsay Block Heels

The d’Orsay silhouette and velvet upper of the Sam Edelman Clover makes this 2 3/4″ block heel an elegant option for festive events. Reviews are positive for comfort and fit (especially for wide feet). Available in whole and half sizes 5-11 from Zappos, Amazon, size 12 available at Shoes.com and Nordstrom.

Do you have narrow heels and tire of shoes that slip off mid stride? Consider the Seychelles Electric with its slingback style with hidden stretch for a secure fit. Available in gorgeous pastels and neutrals; sizes 6-11 at Zappos, Amazon and Nordstrom. The Electric runs small, so order up a half size for best fit.


Ecco added a stylish block heel to their Shape 75 pump design and wrapped it in pastel-colored nubuck. The result? A beautiful and well-made pump for weddings, parties and even office wear. Available at Ecco.com, Amazon, Zappos and 6pm.com.

Honorable mention: Walking Cradles Matisse block heel pump in extended sizes and widths.

Do you like the block heel trend? Have a favorite style? Leave a comment and let us know!


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4 Responses to We Welcome the Return of Bold and Beautiful Block Heels

  1. cedar says:

    I can highly recommend the Soft Style Deanna. I bought a pair at Zappos last December for only $55, which is full price, not sale price. I hesitated to buy them because the price was so low, and tried several pricier pairs first.(that didn’t work out).
    I have worn them several times, and still wonder if I’m dreaming. $55?? Really?? Yes!
    True to size for me.

  2. Kimberly McNeil says:

    Always looking for recommendations of shoes for Hallux Rigidus. You shared a name of a shoe store here in Gig Harbor at one time and I cannot find one and also cannot remember the name of it. I’m desperate, all of the comfort type shoes stores in our area have moved away. Love your website. Kim

  3. an says:

    Amen to this! I almost want to stock up on block heels, should they become “out of style” again. Thank you for sharing some affordable options.

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