This Shoe Style Is 333% More Popular Than Last Year


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In years past, I would routinely buy sky-high stilettos and pair them with my outfits, even if they were nearly impossible to walk in an hour into the night. At 5’9”, I hardly needed the boost in height, but I did it for the sake of fashion. More recently, I have retired most of my taller heels and replaced them with equally cool but dramatically more practical styles—and it seems that the movement to more comfortable shoe styles is part of a larger trend.

In Pinterest’s August 2018 Global Fashion Report, the company addressed the biggest trends from this year, according to data from over 602 million boards dedicated to fashion. While many of the findings are interesting, the most staggering figures are tied to shoe trends in the United States. In the U.S., searches on Pinterest for block heels increased 333% from January 2018 to 2018. Pinterest noted that “this chunky heel continues to be a few steps ahead of other styles like stilettos or kitten heels.”

Shoes that are both comfortable and cool are what dreams are made of, and the news that the block heel silhouette continues to be popular brings a smile to my face. Ahead see my edit of the best block-heel shoes of the season, listed from most expensive to under-$100 versions.

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Under $1000

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Under $250

Under $100

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Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.