On The Runway
There were a couple notable instances of block heels in the Resort 13 collections, but two particularly stand out in our minds. The first was at Balenciaga, where sleek t-strap versions lent a sporty contrast to the collection's romantic silhouettes. The second, Marni's Metallic Leather Loafers ($715, available here in silver) with contrasting white heels, have a chrome-like gleam and streamlined shape that's in perfect keeping with the season's futuristic look.
On The Streets
WHO: Chloe Sevigny
WHAT: Leaving dinner in Los Angeles two months ago.
WEAR: Vintage Paul Stuart sweater; Maison Martin Margiela t-shirt; Levi's skirt; Miu Miu shoes.
WHY: Combining the soignee spirit of a block heel with the easygoing vibe of a loafer, Sevigny's shoes add understated elegance to her casual separates.
WHO: Kate Bosworth
WHAT: Out in Los Angeles earlier this year.
WEAR: Black dress; ASOS shoes.
WHY: In lieu of flip-flops or basic flats, Bosworth's block heels instantly elevate her summery frock.
WHO: Alessandra Ambrosio
WHAT: Shopping in Santa Monica last month.
WEAR: Zara jacket; J Brand shorts; Zara Ballerina Shoes With Jewels ($90)
WHY: Denim cutoffs ground Ambrosio's party-ready, jewel-encrusted shoes.
Get The Look
When it comes to the season's best block heels, we've got your feet covered. Classic If you'd like to start your collection with a classic style, consider Zara's High Heel Ballerina Shoes ($90)--the bright red hue will make a cheery addition to a mix of neutrals--or Repetto's wear-with-anything Camille Mid Heel Ballerina Shoes ($280). Tassel and bows details add extra charm, which is why we love Rochas' menswear-inspired Tassel Pumps ($625) and Salvatore Ferragamo's Vara Heels ($395) in Charcoal Suede. Prints Of course, patterns will do the trick too, so try a leopard pair, like Prada'sPrinted Patent Leather Block-Heel Pumps ($530), or a chic snakeskin iteration, like Topshop's Maj Mid Heel Ballerina Shoes ($70). Sparkly Since we're in the midst of a particularly festive time of year, we can't think of a better way to round out our picks than with a few sparkly iterations. Embellished with Swarovski crystals, Delman's Covet Heels ($348) are sure to dazzle with every step, while Valentino's Pumps ($745) will add instant glamour to your holiday ensemble.--Jessica Baker