Block Heeled Sandals

block heeled sandals for women over 50 years old

Block Heeled Sandals 

I’m always on the look out for any new trend that us older generations can wear with pleasure!

And this spring & summer it’s the block heels!! As a self proclaimed shoe girl—I’ve always felt that a great pair of shoes can make or break an outfit! And while block heels could possibly look “old-ladyish”, I’m here to show you great ones! These sandals are ones that will make you look modern yet are comfortable enough to wear all day. On top of that the price is that they won’t break the bank. My lovelies are from Old Navy (here) —you must know that I succumbed to buying these on one of their get 50% off anything campaign emails. My rationalization is it’s all to try things out for my blog readers, right?

Let’s examine the pros & cons of this kind of shoe:

Pros: 1-There is some arch support.

         2– You get a little heel height, but walking is manageable since the heel is wide.

         3– You get to air out the tootsies for the warmer months.

Cons: 1– There is the chance this style could look grannyish. To counteract that, concentrate on looking at any with lace & tie details, any kind of fringe or a fun, vibrant color—that will make them more current!

If you have a pair in your closet already that need a little pizzazz…check out Suzanne’s post here on how to paint your shoes (even if they’re leather—that’s halfway down in her post)! Or Janeane’s idea to add fringe to an existing pair of shoes here.

Now if you’re one of those that hesitates to order shoes online—let me put your mind at ease. The best thing to do is make sure you can return them to the store, or that they have a free returns policy. I recently bought a pair of shoes from Asos and try as I might to make them feel comfortable, they just didn’t cut it. So back in the mail they went, and ta-da, my money was refunded—easy, peasy. Also, It’s always a good thing to read reviews about what your are buying, if there are any. I always try to consider other’s opinions as much as possible.

If you don’t like any of my suggestions below—check out this pair from the Rack or this pair.  I always have luck with their shoes and they’re easy to return if they don’t fit!

I tried to showcase heel height sandals that were under 3 inches to make them good for those of you who snub really high heels. But I snuck a couple of higher ones in there too just in case you like the height!

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  • ADA

    Hi Jodie, I am Ada. I have stopped by before. I have always loved block heels and have owned several pairs. I am so glad they are back in style. Are those the peach sandals from Old Navy you are wearing? I love them and I am currently eyeing them as well. =)

    I welcome you to stop by my blog. I recently started a linkup so join me this Thursday and every Thursday. The new linkup is currently live. This outfit is too good not to be shared. Thanks, Ada. =)

    Have a great Monday! =)

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Hi Ada!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!
      Yes, these peach ones are from Old Navy—I actually think this is my first pair ever, and so far I’m loving them (just wore them today to go to the Botanic Gardens!)
      Thanks for the invite to the link up—I added one of my posts!!

  • Thanks so much for sharing this stylish shoe with us at the Over the Moon Link Party.

  • I am such a fan of this style. They are so much more comfortable than stilettos!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      They are, but I do still love my heels!!

  • Alexis Grant

    Sandals are great in the office; the best is on a hot summer day to rock some killer sandals and a flowy maxi and feeling empathy for all the boys at work sweating it up in their suits and dress socks and big bulky shoes LOL.

    Definitely not an old lady trend 🙂 I have several pairs!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You’re so right Alexis—I’m so glad I’m not a guy for several reasons—this being one of them (and their shoe selection is so limited!!)
      Thanks for reading!!

  • Yes for block heels! I used to be a stiletto girl, but block heels have slowly taken over my shoe wardrobe. I still have a few, but not as many as I used to have. As you know, I have recently gotten a pair of block heeled sandals from Old Navy as well and yours are very cute, I love the color!

    And thank you for the mention in your post!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      They are certainly functional (I just wore mine today), but I’m certainly not ready to give up the high heels just yet!! That’s the reason I work out—so my balance allows me to wear my heels –no judging allowed 🙂 ha ha!!

  • Lanae Bond

    I love block heels and have been wearing them for years! I love the color of your heels!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Lanae—they are very functional, right?

  • Laura

    I actually just ordered a pair of block heeled sandals. They are perfect for those who want a little height, but not the discomfort! Love the ones you linked to and the pretty coral ones you have!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Ahhh see—it just confirms it when the youngsters (that’s you!!) even love the trend!

  • PetiteOver40

    For those of us that walk a lot throughout the day, having a sturdy heel like this keeps us fashionable while on the go! Love that color!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s even good for those of us that sit on our butts all day (ha ha)!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    Great article, Jodie with some good tips for updating an old classic. Love your selections. Thank you. – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo


  • Lorena Lorena

    I love the block heel, takes the outfit to the next level and its still comfy.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I admit to thinking them a little too “old” for me when I first read about the trend, until I saw all the cute ones out there.

  • These look great – for when you want a little height but can’t do the skinny heels! Thanks for sharing with Vis Monday and have a wonderful week, xo


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Don’t you love it when you actually can wear the new trend? Happy Monday Patti!!

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    This style looks fab…on others 🙁 I have wide feet and a bunion so straps across that widest part are off limits. Amazed by the variety of styles!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s funny you say that Terri because I have a bunion (you can see it in the picture) and pretty wide feet (although lately I haven’t had to buy the wide versions like I used to). My bunion doesn’t really hurt though, so that could be the difference. In fact, I always forget about it, until I’m in a massage and the lady exclaims about it!!

  • I am loving the block heel sandals, pumps, and clogs for spring. I like that they’re comfortable and easy to walk in but still give my 5’4″ frame some extra height. I like your tips for zeroing in on more youthful styles. The peach color of yours is so perfect for spring!

    From the product roundup, I love those dark coral and leopard sandals. So fun! And the pearly metallic lace-up sandals are pretty fabulous as well. Yay for heels that are comfortable, stylish, and easy to walk in! Watch out flats, the block heel is taking over!

    <3 Liz

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s so nice when the styles that are “trendy” actually are realistic!! I almost like these better than flats because most of the flats have no arch support (more important as we get older probably…)
      Thanks for your vote Liz!!!

  • If we had JC Penny here I’d be seriously tempted with those orange and leopard sandals.

    I love the block heels. So wonderfully retro and easier to walk in.

    Thanks for the shout-out! : )

    We had snow on the weekend so I won’t be breaking out my sandals this week : (


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I actually wore these sandals when there was snow still on the ground—I was so ready to get out of my boots!! (patience has never been one of my virtues!!)
      I think those jcpenney sandals (along with the bow greenish asos ones) are two of my faves!!

  • I love block heel sandals and am wearing some today! So comfortable. I like your picks.

    Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gemma—they certainly are “sensible”—but the newer ones are cute too!!!