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