Chunky heels to avoid that sinking feeling

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May 1996I've heard women older than me say it, and now it's my turn: you KNOW you're getting older when trends you remember from your early 20s start looping back around again.

Witness: chunky heels. It's totally happening. And I totally remember when it happened before. So much so that when an Offbeat Bride on Facebook suggested doing a post about chunky wedding heels, I was like, "There it is. The death knell of my youth. This is really happening. Chunky heels."

You guys, as proof of this, I present to you this photo of me on my 21st birthday, rocking some amazing white plastic chunky heels…

Now, almost 17 years later, here we are and chunky heels are back. Maybe not quite that same style (although, I don't know… if anybody could make those shoes look contemporary and awesome, it's one of you), but there are TONS of other chunky-heeled shoes that are kicking ass these days.

I probably don't have to tell you that chunky heels have the advantage when it comes to both NOT sinking into the grass at an outdoor wedding and not making your feet feel like they've run through Dante's 7th level of hell (that's Violence). The shoes in this post are all from Modcloth, and you guys know how things go with them… they have cool stuff, but they don't stock a ton of shoes in each style, so click fast and get 'em while you can.

Random bonus shoe

John Fluevog Women's Blanc Ankle Boot

  1. I loooove chunky heels! They're so much more comfortable when you're on your feet all day. My favorite shoes at the moment are some Jellypop heels that are a little too tall and sparkly for professional things but I wear them anyway.
    Jellypop pumps)

    And fyi, Jellypop shoes run pretty wide if you're like me and need a wider shoe.

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    • HOLYFRAKKINGCOW, they are the awesomest thing i HAVE EVER SEEN! And they have a fun name. Jellypop. Jelly. Pop. Heeeeheeee. Jellypop.

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  2. I hope all brides will let their bridesmaids know if they are going to be in a garden or other grassy area–I've ruined a couple pairs of pointy heels and totally would have purchased some awesome chunky heels if I'd known!

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  3. I rocked the chunky heels all through high school (which, come to think of it, was almost 17 years ago), and I still love them!

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  4. I have really wibbly ankles from lack of high-heel practice. Chunky heels are always so much easier for me to walk in.
    Man, Clueless-era nostalgia.

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  5. I want to curl up with those shoes and love them forever. Rock those chunky heels forever!

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  6. Just wait until someone suggests a post about clear jelly platforms…. Remember those? Anybody? Anybody?

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  7. Hooray for chunky heels! :) I really stink at walking on narrow heels, because I wobble all over the place and constantly feel like I'm falling over (even if I'm not), so chunky heels are a lifesaver for me when I want a little height!

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  8. Did chunky heels ever go out of style? I must have missed the memo lol

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  9. I get excited for the shoes and then I cry because most of the shoes stop at 10. Such cute shoooooes!

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  10. Middle column, second from the bottom. Totally bought these for my wedding shoes about two months ago. <3

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