0.8 – Block Heels Trend SS2017

Fashion Community passed through Mercedes Benz – Moscow FW last week, too. Spring started few days ago. Sun is coming to warm our hearts. We’re almost up to renew our wardrobe for the usual season cover where colors lead our outfits. In this context I would like to briefly pause on one of Spring Footwear Trends as suggested by all the Fashion Weeks so far: the so called “block-heel”. Weather you’re wearing a sandal or a pumps rather than a pair of boots this is one of last trends I like the most. As heritage of 90’s mixed with comfort and a bit of extravagance, the “block-heel” has already conquired runways in NYC, London, Paris and Moscow. No doubts in its success in the next Rome Fashion Week early in April, too! 
This trend, indeed, started few years ago: already in 2014 Summer we could donned a pair of such a comfortable sandals! This year heels over 5inches or higher are fully banned. Kirschenbaum notes: “Women nowadays are way more focused on comfort and practicality (and value investing in a shoe that is both stylish and comfortable enough to walk or commute in) which is why there has been such an increase in demand for sneakers and low block-heels.”(Elle
Brand-new is the “rounded” version of block-heel: geometry leads our coming sunny season mixing pastel and main colors, shiny with metallic items embellishing the shoe, lace-up/ bound/ mule pattern. We could admire those items throughout runways by, above all, Nicholas Kirkwood, Ted Baker, Sam Edelman, Lanvin, Stella McCartney, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Celine, Balenciaga, Dries Van Noten, Jaquemus, Missoni, Marni, D&G, Marques’ Almeida and Mariana Jungman.
Focus on the lace-up shoes by Nicholas Kirkwood ( $1,130) as here on the right: a sample of this trend. This triangular basis-prism heel was patented under US D728,211S in May 2015. This stacked sandals sums up all the requirements above mentioned for a glamourous SS2017:
  • lace-up
  • colors (main ones, in particular)
  • block-heels
  • under 5 inches high (1.5″)

Interesting to read also the article in StyleCaster.com, to whom is wondering how to combine this footwear trend for a daily outfit.
Enjoy your comfortable Spring!

Sources: InStyle.com, Vogue.com,  Nicholas Kirkwood