Block-heeled sandals will keep you grounded all summer long.

Not too high, plenty of breathing space and preferably not terrible to look at.

Too much to ask from a pair of shoes, perhaps? Not at all, considering the numerous block-heeled sandals on offer. They offer versatility for a day out at the races, a garden wedding or shimmying on the dancefloor come December 31. Even better, they work particularly well with this summer's prairie dressing and smock dresses, giving ample height (mid-block heels are ideal here) and plenty of stability.

A drier season means designers have played with plenty of suede fabrics, along with sleek leather and velvet - the latter ubiquitous over the winter season, but somehow irreverent and cool for those hot summer soirees ahead.

Whistles Resort 2017.
Whistles Resort 2017.
Left top: Alexander Wang heels, $979, from Workshop. Left bottom: Marc Jacobs heels, about $833, from Net-a-Porter. Right top: Tabitha Simons heels, about $820, from Matches. Right bottom: Stuart Weitzman heels, $690, from Runway.
Left top: Alexander Wang heels, $979, from Workshop. Left bottom: Marc Jacobs heels, about $833, from Net-a-Porter. Right top: Tabitha Simons heels, about $820, from Matches. Right bottom: Stuart Weitzman heels, $690, from Runway.
Left top: Beau Coops mules, $430, from Scarpa. Left bottom: Dune heels $180. Right top: Country Road heels $209. Right bottom: Mi Piaci heels $230.
Left top: Beau Coops mules, $430, from Scarpa. Left bottom: Dune heels $180. Right top: Country Road heels $209. Right bottom: Mi Piaci heels $230.
Left top: Beau Coops heels, $370, from Scarpa. Left bottom: b Rafa heels, $440, from Well Made Clothes. Right top: Merchant 1948 heels $229.90. Right bottom: Steve Madden heels, $140, from Hannahs.
Left top: Beau Coops heels, $370, from Scarpa. Left bottom: b Rafa heels, $440, from Well Made Clothes. Right top: Merchant 1948 heels $229.90. Right bottom: Steve Madden heels, $140, from Hannahs.
Chloe Resort 2017.
Chloe Resort 2017.