While "chunkies" might not be an actual word according to the dictionary--trust us, we checked both the Webster and Fairchild Fashion versions--there isn't a more fitting name for this season's vertiginous, thickset footwear! Straight out of the '70s disco glam era, albeit with a few modern updates, these chunky-heeled, ankle-strap shoes pack a punch in both statement and style, making them an ideal accompaniment to all your flirtatious spring dresses and cropped pants. As such, we've marked chunkies as this season's Trend to Try, and even curated an enviable selection of affordable and investment-worthy styles to help you get the look. Read on for all the details, and don't forget to tweet us which pair is on your wish list too!
On the Runway
While so many notable chunkies are currently available in stores, our not-so-secret obsession with this footwear trend began at the Celine S/S 12 show--a.k.a. chunky footwear heaven! Destined to be a favorite among the fashionable set, Phoebe Philo's amazing Multiples Ankle Strap Pumps ($1200) in Black/Lipstick Red are the ultimate pair of chunkies, and were the perfect addition to the designer's billowy trousers and knee-length dresses. Featuring a cuff-like ankle strap and a nearly two-inch platform, the heels are at once chic and edgy, promising a show-stopping finish every time.
On the Market
ALDO Kanosh Wedges ($120) in White
While a majority of today's chunkies are better suited for off-duty or after-hours affairs, a handful of sophisticated and stylish daytime-appropriate options are available too, like ALDO's Kanosh Wedges. Simple and chic in design-they come in sleek white and black leather, and feature a classic peep-toe front and thick ankle straps-these wedges will go with practically everything in your closet, taking you from the boardroom to date night with ease!
Topshop Satellite Colour Block Wedges ($140) in Black
Fans of Celine's famously chunky platforms will certainly enjoy Topshop's nearly identical, more affordable Satellite Colour Block Wedges. The cobalt blue wedge and cuff-like ankle strap lend the shoes a brilliantly bold and striking presence, which is perfect for adding interest to a simple neutral outfit.
Rochas Suede and Metallic Leather Sandals ($850)
These gorgeous sandals by Rochas have all the classic qualities we've come to love in chunky heels (a thick platform, chic ankle-straps, and serious height) plus more (a luxurious mix of suede and metallic gold leather), making them a splurge-worthy pair indeed! And while they would look fabulous teamed with anything from a leather skirt to skinny jeans, we can definitely imagine Alexa Chung sporting these exact sandals with a silky blouse and boyish trousers for a cool menswear-inspired look.
BCBGeneration Fig Strappy Platform Sandals ($118)
What's not to love about a pair of fun, fabulous, and fashion-forward heels? Exactly, which is probably why we're so smitten with these bold sandals by BCBGeneration. With a chunky white heel, on-trend neon green trim, and multiple black leather straps, these shoes were made for the dance floor, and that's precisely where you'll find us wearing them!
Jean-Michel Cazabat Bess Patent Leather Colorblock Wedge Sandals ($320)
If you love the look of a chunky platform, but are hesitant about a sky-high heel, then perhaps Jean-Michel Cazabat's wedge sandals are the ideal pair for you! We're particularly enthralled with the black and hot pink patent leather straps, as they offer a hint of flash that's perfect for a night out. Of course, that's not to say they don't work just as well for a number of daytime events! The wooden, almost wedge-like heels make them a comfortable, fitting choice for a weekend music festival or a backyard party.--Jessica Baker