Sculptural heels: The shoes everyone is going to be wearing this season

Calling everyone who’s looking to update their shoedrobe for the months ahead: sculptural heels, sometimes dubbed ‘ornamental’ or (affectionately) ‘ugly heels’, are the new hot trend, scattered throughout the A/W 18 collections from high-end designers and the high street.

While the style isn’t new new (hints of it have been seen in lines from J.W.Anderson, Jimmy Choo and YSL for the last couple of years), this autumn it has inflitrated almost every store’s new season drop – and fashion insiders are certainly not complaining.

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The block heels, which come in a range of heights and geometric shapes, may look like they just waltzed straight off a catwalk (while defying the laws of gravity, we might add), but once you slide them on, they’re surprisingly easy to wear for everyday. Team with a midi skirt or skinny cigarette pants for the office, dress them down with jeans at the weekend, and go all out bold with a statement dress for a big event, for instance.

As for whether they might be more comfortable than their stiletto counterparts? Ultimately it’s down to the individual wearer – although personally we have always found that the wider the surface area, the sturdier the heel…

So, ready to shop? Whether you want an investment pair or on a budget, there’s a mule, boot or pump here for you.

10 of the best sculptural heels to shop now


Leather Ankle Boots With Round Heels, £95.99, Zara


DESIGN Sphere Slingback Ball Heels, £35, ASOS


Black Cylinder Heel Ballet Shoe, £685, J.W.Anderson


Geometric heel leather ankle boots, £89.99, Mango


Neous Opus Woven Leather Mules, £485, Net-A-Porter


Leather Rounded-Heel Mules, £69.99, Zara


Sculptured Heel Mules, £69, Topshop


Autograph Suede Round Heel Mule Shoes, £65, Marks & Spencer

Regina Pyo

Barbara Ivory Suede Shoes, £496, Regina Pyo

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Nude Lucite Sculptural Heel Slingbacks, £55, Charles & Keith