Heels hurt. We'll be the first to come forward with that admission. When sneakers and flat shoes became the new norm for the fashion crowd, our crunched toes and blistered ankles were enormously relieved: Finally, a footwear trend we could very comfortably get behind. But regardless of our new go-to shoe style being inches shorter than in the past, the allure of a good heel still lingers. With less reason to wear them, we've developed a new appreciation for the times when we can. Heels lend a little lift to our assets, add an extra inch (or four) to our height, and add a helping hand to our sometimes-pitiful posture.
All of the aesthetic benefits aside, we still need a little convincing that there's truly a heel comfortable enough out there. Meet the block-heeled sandal: It's like the magical cure-all to your heel woes. Your toes can breathe, your ankles stay strapped in, and, best of all, a thick block heel means less precarious wobbling, especially when strutting through grassy terrain and over subway grates. Sandals are already the quintessential summertime shoe, for good reason. Slap a chunky heel onto it, and suddenly your favorite casual shoe is acceptable for any occasion.
If you still need more convincing, the 20 options ahead should seal the deal for you. We're definitely one, two stepping into these chunky sandals this spring.
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