Super-high stilettos are great for dancefloors and date night, but aren’t so great when it comes to everyday life–like standing for ages in the subway or rushing between meetings. That’s where the block heel comes in, the ’90s favorite finally making a comeback and giving your summer sandals a little lift.
There was a period when the thick heel shoe was banished to thrift shops, but suddenly the look’s being embraced by your favorite fashion brands–everyone from Charlotte Olympia, Alexander Wang, and Miu Miu to Zara, ASOS, and Nasty Gal–and street style stars alike. Whether worn to work with cropped trousers or bare-legged with a slinky slip dress, the style is incredibly chic. Plus, there’s the whole comfort factor–these shoes might be high, but they’re a whole lot more sensible than your thin stilettos.
Ahead, we showcase how the fashion blogger and street style crew are wearing block heels right now and spotlight the the top styles to shop.