Block Heels for Work

Cole Haan 'Eliree' Block Heel PumpCole Haan ‘Eliree’ Block Heel Pump, $250

While not the most glamorous shoe out there, there is something wonderfully practical about the block heeled pump. For years we would hear from clients, looking for the professional shoe option that they could walk in all day. Go to conferences with long walks to and from breakout sessions? Are you on your feet all day training or facilitating programs? Then you know how important a sturdy, yet appropriate shoe is and how much it affects your day.

A shoe doesn’t have to be “OMG Amazing” to be worthy of a higher price point. In fact, most of the shoes I’ve splurged on are simple basics that last season after season. Regarding how to wear these, my preference would be for a pair of pants, particularly with a straight or wide leg. They are a bit too boxy to wear with a skirt or dress.

Prefer a lower price point?  These light tan Franco Sarto’s have a slightly higher heel that would work better with skirts. I found lovely pair of Ivanka Trump pumps on sale for $70. She also has a beautiful pair of grey suede that would work as a universal neutral come fall for $130.00.


Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

  1. I bought these shoes from the Nordstrom sale. I can’t wait to wear them this fall. A classic shoe for basics and comfort.

  2. Are suede shoes just for fall/winter? I have open too/heal Munroe Nakita in black suede. What seasons are these a fashion do not?

    1. Hi Janet,
      I wouldn’t wear them in the dead of summer, but in the early spring with an open toe or heel they are a great way to add texture to your look.

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