Another new love – the block heeled ankle strap shoe – and do you recognise the dress?!


It just keeps happening. I keep falling hopelessly in love with some new style of shoes or clothing which I know will drastically revolutionise my way of living – but these really are it: the block heeled ankle strap shoe. And if you just bear with me for one minute I will tell you why…

During a normal working day I don’t like to be restricted, or slowed down, by what I am wearing on my feet. Nor do I like to be uncomfortable. That’s why trainers, boots, converse and anything which I’m strapped into is pretty good for me (although having said that, I’m not a fan of Mary Janes or T-bars which just really leaves trainers, boots and converse). Whilst I love courts and high heels, they irritate me after a while and I just want to take them off and get on with things. And ballet flats and smoking slippers make me feel dumpy.

However my need for speed can make it a bit difficult when wearing skirts or dresses. I’ve kind of had enough of ankle boots with dresses and skirts (until the next time I wear them that is) because there’s no getting away from it, they do chop one’s legs off. I’ve never been a fan of knee high boots myself as they always stop at that point just where things start to go downhill.

However when I saw these in M&S today I did think to myself “Hmmm, these could be a winner.” That was after I had spied, and tried, some very pointed pale blue buckled boots, which most definitely were not – but at least I was taking my own advice from yesterday’s post.

So now I’ll get to the crux of the matter. This is why they work: First, they have a slight heel and I must admit that I prefer having my butt raised as far from the ground as is practical. Secondly, the ankle strap does a really good job of keeping the shoes in place, so I don’t have to make any effort in that regard. Thirdly, as the strap is quite thin and black, it blends in with black tights, so the whole “cutting off the leg at the ankle” thing becomes less of an issue. Because of all of the above, I can now see myself wearing skirts and dresses that up until now I have steered clear of, unless I’m in a situation when I can wear proper heels. Come the warmer weather, when socks etc are no longer required, they will also do a pretty fine job of working with boyfriend jeans (a post on those to follow sometime soon – I have identified the ones I will be scrutinising) and possibly skinnies too. And for those who like the idea but not the look of the ankle strap, when worn with trousers the ankle strap may well be invisible – giving the benefits without the negatives.

M&S seems to have a great selection right now – as I am sure will many other brands but for now, I’m sticking with Marks – who also have some nice block heeled pumps minus ankle straps.

These silver leather block heel shoes M&S (£39.50) are next on my hit list for the spring. With jeans or a shift (provided it’s not to short and the legs aren’t too white/blue) these would work brilliantly.

These are the ones I am wearing above: pony skin block heels shoes M&S (£59). I haven’t quite sussed the pricing of these shoes out yet. Some are Autograph and some not but there doesn’t seem to be much uniformity, even from ones within the same “brand”.

I’m loving these for a bit of colour: Royal blue block heel shoe M&S (£55)

The darker ones are easier to wear if tights are necessary, which is why I like the navy ankle strap block heel shoe M&S (£39.50). Speaking of tights being necessary, how is it that despite the fact that Victoria Beckham lives in the UK, she is frequently shown without tights? I don’t think I’ve ever seen her in a pair of opaques.  Is it not cold in her little enclave of London, or does she not feel the cold? Hmm, interesting.

I’m actually really happy that I have found something else that I really like apart from the NL jeans or I fear that I would be wearing them every day. By the way, do you recognise the dress?!


  1. Sue
    February 6, 2014 / 9:34 pm

    I totally get it about the shoes as I snaffled last season's offering in the sales for £10 with the gold block heel. Yours are a little more luxe I have to say. But the ankle strap is fabulous for really holding your foot in. I decided to take a half size up in the shoe and the strap really does the trick of holding the shoe on without you thinking about it, coupled with the small heel – a surprisingly comfortable shoe. Now I just want them to make a pointy version!And the dress – I can't quite make it out. But going to guess Next.

    • StyleGuile
      February 7, 2014 / 8:43 pm

      Hi Sue – couldn't have put it better myself re the shoes! That extra half a size makes all the difference comfort wise. And you are right about the dress!

  2. Anonymous
    February 6, 2014 / 10:50 pm

    Do they rub at the back ? I think that dress is Tesco with 25% off! (Don't be offended!!) Mel xx Also did you get the faith leopard heels? I did but did you think they came up small?

    • StyleGuile
      February 7, 2014 / 8:45 pm

      Hello Mel. No they don't rub at the back at all – they are (so far) very comfortable. The dress was the Next one but I am tempted to suss out the Tesco one now. Yes, I got the Faith heels too. They weren't really small on me but I did take a 6 in them – as I do most heels – whereas the M&S shoes are a 5.5. So I suppose they were at the upper end of what I wear..if that makes sense! Did yours have to go back? Thanks for dropping by!

    • Anonymous
      February 8, 2014 / 3:16 pm

      Ha ha I didn't give up I am a size 6 but ended up with a7 – they are so nice and I ended up paying only £18! So worth it

    • StyleGuile
      February 8, 2014 / 8:42 pm

      Ooooh, cheeky! I like your style!!! x

  3. Anastasia
    February 7, 2014 / 8:26 am

    I like this heel too…chic! reminds me of the mods and 1960s

    • StyleGuile
      February 7, 2014 / 8:47 pm

      Hi Anastasia, yes it does have that 60's vibe about it doesn't it? Glad that you like them. Are you tempted?!

  4. I won't wear sludge brown
    February 7, 2014 / 6:37 pm

    I love those shoes. Not seen them in the flesh yet, might have to take a peek tomorrow x

    • StyleGuile
      February 7, 2014 / 8:47 pm

      Hello! Ooh, yes do go and have a peek and see what you think. Definitely worth trying on! Have a lovely weekend. x

  5. Liz
    February 9, 2014 / 9:07 am

    Hi Beth,I bought some Topshop ones before Christmas after seeing them here on your blog. Black with a glittery heel. Not for every day wear but I wore them a lot over the festive season and they were brilliant xxx

  6. StyleGuile
    February 13, 2014 / 9:50 am

    Hi Liz – oh yes, I remember those shoes. So pleased that you had some glittery shoes for Christmas! x

  7. jessbuurman
    March 26, 2014 / 8:00 am

    Nice high heel…………………..visit our sites for getting high heels on another stylish trendy footwear or clothes.

  8. Jessica Buurman
    June 4, 2014 / 12:11 pm

    nice heels

  9. Jessica Buurman
    June 16, 2014 / 9:52 am

    nice sandals

  10. jessbuurman
    June 23, 2014 / 11:55 am

    its nice

  11. jessica
    October 1, 2014 / 11:11 am

    great choice……….!!!!!!!!!

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