Finally, a 70s trend I can get behind…

Pops of color, block heels and laces. Shoes are going extra pretty for Spring!
Above, the Steve Madden Serrina ($110). Photo via Nordstrom.

In general 70s fashion makes me shudder. There are a couple of trends from that decade making their way back around that I can be thankful for though…I’m looking at you, block heels! About as far away from unstable stilettos as it gets, block heels not only offer more stability but in general make higher heels more comfortable.

I’m going all in on block heels. Inside, a few cute pairs I’ve tried on and some that are making me drool…

The Steve Madden Serrina ($110) in a beautiful nubuck.

Though I’ve never shied away from paying full price for a designer shoe I love, Steve Madden is a brand that I rely on for trends at a lower price. These Serrina heeled sandals are great because they allow me to dip my toes into the lace-up and block heel trends without sinking hundreds of dollars into a single pair of shoes. I found these shockingly comfortable (because sometimes this brand is and sometimes it really isn’t, right?) and soft on. They’re also available in black. I took my usual size 9 in these.

Amazon has a pretty killer selection of Steve Madden shoes,  In addition to these heels the Carrson Dress Sandal ($67-90) are getting great reviews, and the Lavii Platform Sandal ($100) in green leather are calling my name. I also was introduced to the Primpy Dress Pump ($100) from this post on Corporate Catwalk (she’s also wearing a Banana Republic dress I reviewed here!).

These shoes are also available — some in additional colors — on the official Steve Madden site, where you can get free shipping on orders of $50+ with the code SMFREE50 and save 10% off your order by signing up for their email list.

I just love these dotted Hint Dress Pumps ($72-$155) by Joe’s Jeans.

Over in pumps, there are so many gorgeous block heel styles to choose from! Aside from the classic and go-to Pour La Victoire Celina Dress Pump ($275) which is the pair I highly recommend above all others, many other shoe purveyors are jumping on this suddenly-fashionable bandwagon.

The Hint Dress Pumps ($72-$155) by Joe’s Jeans shown above are among my favorite options from the trendy takes. It fits true to size (a 9 for me) and felt great on my feet — the drop matches my arch very well. Other block heel shoes featuring fun patterns include the Charles by Charles David Women’s Prospect Dress Pump ($30-$120) and the Loeffler Randall Lilah Embossed Lizard Print Dress Pump ($177-$315), the latter of which is ohmigod so pretty!

More budget-friendly options include the stacked heel Women’s Drummer by Nine West ($43) and the Penthouse Dress Pump ($13-$70) by Seychelles offshoot BC Footwear.

Are you loving block heels as much as I am this year? What options have you looked at?

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