While some trends have the luxury of dying at will (flower crowns, choker tops, ear cuffs, etc.), others linger out of obligation. Block heels fall into the latter camp. They are sensible to the point of treading a rare fine line between trendy and timeless, and yet, Leandra predicted their imminent fall from grace during a recent editorial meeting:
“We’ve over-indexed,” she said. “What’s next?”
I’m not positive, but I have a hunch: personality heels.
“Personality heels” is a term I’ve coined to describe the outcome of a recent phenomenon in which block heels aren’t dying but rather evolving and multiplying. They bear some resemblance to their predecessor of yore in that they are not stilettos. They are also not content with the practical simplicity of block-shaped life. Psh. They’ve got shapes of their own! They’ve got personality.
Below are five big ones (big personalities, ahem) clamoring for attention in the fertile landscape left behind by block heels’ long-deserved retirement.
These heels have their heads in the clouds — they’re *almost* too beautiful for the real world. While perfectly capable of walking, their true calling is to be photographed, preferably upon a pedestal in a museum.
These heels have an uncanny ability to predict that you, at some point, will likely be sprinting across a subway grate while balancing a tote bag and a box of donuts on your head. Ergo, they have the foresight to sway you on days you’re considering kitten heels and sweetly volunteer their slightly more substantive physiques.
The Class Clown
The Cautious Risk-Taker
As close to a stiletto as a block-turned-personality heel will venture, these spindly creatures are willing to walk on the wild side, so long as they can take their dime-sized security blankets with them.
Never mind your feet — which of these shoes fit your personality best?
Photos by Edith Young.