Block Heel Stiletto Spring’s Shoe Trend
The Block heel is back and it’s Spring’s hottest trend
Fresher than ever the new updated version gets a trend upgrade with a to-the-moment heel, generous fit, built-in ball of foot cushions and super flexible soles. Its new amped up style makes a fashion statement. The new silhouette is higher than the original pilgrim pump with texture heels in denim,gingham and floral prints.
The Classic pointy toe stilettos made its premiere in 1965 when master shoe designer Roger Viver, launched a new shoe silhouette down the runway at YSL.
It was labeled the Pilgrim pump a square toed, square heeled heel that looked decidedly modern and eminently fresh at the same time. A wizard at the architecture of footwear (he brought us the delicious comma heel and one of the original spindle thin stiletto shapes), this silhouette was all hard edges, playful, poppy, mod.
Almost twenty years after Dior had debuted the New Look with nipped waists and peplum moments, it was now all rectangular mini-skirts, triangular trapeze dresses, bright saturated colors.
As always, shoes reflected the cultural moment, echoing back a spirit of unstructured playfulness and experimentation. Women were revving up for the women’s movement – they wanted silhouettes they could MOVE in and the block heel fit the bill perfectly. At the same time chic, and as we saw in Belle de Jour, indeed even sexy, the block heel on the Pilgrim pump ushered in new thinking of what was possible in shoes and sowed the seeds for platforms and chunky moments we started to see in the 70’s.