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The 21 Best—and Shockingly Walkable—Block Heels for Your Next Trip

Block heels came about in the 1960s (thank you, Roger Vivier!), but they've really taken over designer collections—and our shoe closet—in recent years. The thick, chunky heel does double duty by supporting and cushioning the feet for a comfortable fit that really does last all day long. Whether you're touring New York from Flushing to FiDi, or prepping for an upcoming work conference in another state, these are the block heels that will do you right.

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Best Block Heel Overall

Everlane The Day Heel.

Everlane The Day Heel

It’s hard to think of a travel scenario in which Everlane’s Italian-made shoe wouldn’t be the perfect fit. Shopping the markets of Barcelona? Visiting castles in Budapest? Stomping to the blues on Bourbon Street? Check, check, and check. These shoes will never steer you wrong.

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Best Burgundy Block Heel

M.GEMI THE STAGIONE.

M.Gemi The Stagione

M.Gemi’s fan-favorite peep-toes combine suede and croc-embossed leather in a stunning merlot hue that single-handedly makes any outfit. As if the handmade-in-Italy shoe needed more sleekness, the sculpted block heel provides a cool architectural element (plus more comfort than you’d think).

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Best Square-Toe Pumps

Square Toe Mules.

Storets Square Toe Mules

You’ll be anything but square when wearing these trendy and surprisingly walkable mules from K-fashion site Storets. The rectangular block heel, wide square toe, and muted yellow shade (a neutral!) make this your cute, comfy go-to for spring and summer.

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Best White Block Heel

Everlane The Block Heel Sandal.

Everlane The Block Heel Sandal

Everlane’s sweet sandal features a walkable two-inch heel and secure ankle straps for a shoe that’s equally suited to desk, dinner, or dawdling around a cute little village in France.

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Best Block Heel for Work

Vagabond Shoemakers Eve Heel.

Vagabond Shoemakers Eve Heel

Business in front, party in the back: Vagabond Shoemaker’s modern Eve pumps are the perfect slip-ons for out-of-town conferences and post-presentation cocktails. The streamlined silhouette and gently pointed toe are clean and professional, while the burnished finish on the wooden heel adds a fun surprise as you work the room. 

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Best Block Heel on Nordstrom

United Vegan Platform Sandal BC FOOTWEAR.

BC Footwear United Vegan Sandal

Shout out to BC’s adorably 90s, yet super fresh for 2020 sandal. A comfortable block heel, supportive ankle strap, padded footbed, and slip-resistant treaded sole will take you 15,000 steps and beyond. Everyone from Baby Spice to Bella Hadid would approve.

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Best Gold Block Heel for a Night Out

Loeffler Randall Penny Knot Slides.

Loeffler Randall Penny Knot Slides

Nothing can steal your shine in Loeffler Randall’s Penny Knot Sandals. It’s all about the details with this handcrafted pair: a hand-knotted bow, comfy footbed, and a foot-friendly tubular block heel. The bespoke pleating process used on the gold lamé fabric makes a major statement before you’ve even uttered, “Prosecco, please.”

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Best Block Heel Sandal

Cole Haan Avani City Sandal.

Cole Haan Avani City Sandal

Do you buy new sandals every spring and toss them out by September? With a signature foamy footbed, supportive high heel, and ankle strap, Cole Haan’s Avani City Sandal is built to last for years and years, through countless rooftop happy hours, alfresco dinners, and warm-weather vacations. 

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Best Block Heel Bootie

Margaux The Boot.

Margaux The Boot

Even without the supportive insole, cozy foam padding, and incredibly walkable block heel, Margaux’s chic almond-toe boots are a total win. The shoes’ luxurious Italian suede body is designed to mold to your foot—meaning the more you wear them, the more comfortable they are. 

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Best Block Heels for a Wedding

Lindsay Sandal JEFFREY CAMPBELL.

Jeffrey Campbell Lindsay Sandal

Nothing says *party* like a shoe covered in sparkling disco-inspired crystals. Jeffrey Campbell’s spectacular Lindsay sandals will turn heads, guaranteed. Best of all, the wide (and adjustable) ankle strap and stacked heel mean you’ll be rocking the dance floor from “All You Need Is Love” to “You Shook Me All Night Long.”

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Best Velvet Block Heels

ASOS DESIGN Salsa slingback mid-heels with bow in orange velvet.

Asos Design Salsa Slingbacks

We’re not sure if the name is a nod to its vibrant orange color or dance-worthy design, but Asos’ best-selling Salsa shoes are a fun way to ‘gram-ify your look. There’s way more going on here than pure eye candy: the shoe’s elasticized slingback strap gives a secure fit and the low, angled block heel provides nonstop stability.

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Best Low Block Heel Sandals

Perry Knotted Sandals.

Matiko Perry Knotted Sandals

If these shoes could talk, they’d give their word that they’ll keep you cute and comfy all day with their low heel and adjustable slingback strap. 

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Best Suede Block Heel

Vionic LACEY OPEN HEEL.

Vionic Lacey Open Heel

Vionic’s Lacey Heel does the seemingly impossible: combines the sleek look of a cutout bootie with comfy undergirding of an orthotic shoe. The Lacey cushions the ball of the foot, stabilizes the heel, and provides overall support through a contoured forefoot design. Our favorite feature, though? That cool tortoiseshell-inspired heel.

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Best Block Heel for Beach or Caribbean Cruise

Malti Sandal  Joie brand: Joie.

Joie Malti Sandal

Ready for a sundowner at your tropical resort? Heading off for a romantic dinner and a night of a dancing as your cruise ship plies the Caribbean Sea? You’ll thank yourself for packing these metallic gold stunners with a ready-to-groove wood block heel.

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Best Block Heel Boot

Evelyn Buckle Boot  Coach 1941 brand: Coach 1941.

Coach 1941 Evelyn Buckle Boot

Live the high life in Coach’s knee-high boots. Cut from supple brown leather, the Evelyns pair well with jeans, skirts, dresses, and more. Bonus points for a fun buckle accent and wearable block heel that gives new meaning to the phrase, “these boots were made for walking.”

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Best Block Heel Loafer

M.GEMI THE SCUOLA 70MM BUCKLE.

M.Gemi The Scuola Buckle Loafer

Work, weekend, business travel, European getaways…M.Gemi’s handmade Scuola loafers are fantastic for it all. Whether you’re strutting down Rue de Rivoli in Paris or Omotesando Avenue in Tokyo, you’ll attract admiring glances—and maybe a few inquiries. Despite its nearly three-inch height, the sculpted block heel is comfy with a padded insole and soft leather lining.

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Best Block Heel Pumps

Zala Pump Marc Fisher.

Marc Fisher Zala Pump

If you need a one-and-done dressy travel shoe, this is it—whether you’re going to hear jazz at The Green Mill in Chicago, sampling gin cocktails at Scarfes Bar in London, or going to a Broadway opening night in New York

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Best Block Heel Mule

Seychelles Rendezvous Pointed Toe Mule and Topshop Dusty Pink Transparent Mules.

Seychelles Rendezvous Pointed Toe Mule and Topshop Dusty Pink Transparent Mules

Nothing says easy and wearable like a slip-on. Whether you prefer a closed toe, like Seychelles’ Rendezvous shoe, or an open one, like Topshop’s darling pink and clear slides, the beauty of these styles lies in their supportive heels. 

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Best Snakeskin Block Heel

Self Portrait Amelia Lace Up Ankle Boots.

Self Portrait Amelia Lace Up Ankle Boots

It doesn’t get much cooler than Self Portrait’s Amelia ankle boots. The snake-embossed finish, the sharp pointed toe, the Victorian-esque laces…what more could you want? Well, how about a lightly padded footbed, easy zip closure, and walkable chunky heel? This pair contains all that and more. 

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Best Block Heels for Going Out

RHYTHMIC SANDAL.

Charles by Charles David Rhythmic Sandal

Got a Vegas trip on the books this year? Kick your party style up a notch with these statement-making silver slip-ons. Their stacked heel and padded footbed will keep you pain-free on the dance floor, but their geometric cutouts and metallic shine will dazzle under Omnia’s crazy chandelier.

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Best Block Heel on Amazon

J. Adams Ankle Strap Kitten Heel - Adorable Low Block Heel - Daisy.

J. Adams Ankle Strap Kitten Heel

With a price tag that tops out at under $30, it doesn’t get better than these vegan sandals. The ankle strap secures the foot, while the thick heel makes comfortable walking a reality. Plus, with 25 color options, from leopard print to light blue, you’re sure to find your perfect match.

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