Last Updated on 20th October 2013

Towering heels seduced our footwear choice this summer, with wedges and the softer espadrille coming joint top. But it’s high time we distributed some chic credit to another species of foot couture: the chunky wooden block heel.

Serving its purpose finely in ruling out a wobbly gait many of us heel-lovers endure when wading in pencil-thin stilettos, it was love at first sight when these Balenciaga buckled wooden heel lovelies fell on our fashion radar.

The ideal antidote for stiletto evaders, these heels deliver the perfect hit of tough-luxe to a wispy ankle-grazing skirt, or paired with cropped silk pants for an edgier take on a refined style. But with these beauties cashing in at a rather chunky £545 £275, we’ve searched high and low to find the perfect economical expat.

Cast your heel-lusting eyes on Topshop’s Rockie leather heeled sandals, which fit the bill of super-chic and super-cheap like a dream. Priced at a not-so-couture £60 £30 and in all their sleek splendour, we’re making sure to snap these up fast so we don’t put a foot wrong this summer!

Luxe leather low-priced goodness? Not so impossible after all.

Balenciaga buckle platform sandals, £545 £275, available at MyTheresa.

Rockie leather heeled sandals, £60  £30, available at Topshop.

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