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Product Development Poll: Block or Stiletto Heels?

Mar 13, 2014

Poll: Ankle Booties - Leather ankle boots - Poppy Barley

Time to talk custom leather ankle booties!

Which would you preferโ€”a block or stiletto heel on a classic bootie?
Custom, of course, fitting narrow to wide feet.

Let us know in the comments below.

This poll is now closed.

Caroline Gault

Director of Content & Community, Poppy Barley
Caroline handles social media, online content, and media relations at Poppy Barley. She's also a freelance lifestyle writer, editor, and a die-hard Instagram fan.

134 Responses

  1. user_2843 says:

    HI, I would much prefer a block heel for the ankle boots. And, while you are soliciting comments, I would also love a low-rise boot (to wear with pants, maybe a calf height of 4-6″) also with a lower stacked heel. THANKS!

  2. Allenavw says:

    Stiletto, stiletto, stiletto!!

  3. user_1875 says:

    Block heel! Block heel! I really really really wish the tall boots had had a block heel option, too, but maybe next year… ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Andrea says:

    Why not both? Heel size is subjected to trends. Right now, many ladies are wearing the chunkier heel but the stiletto heel seems popular with some of the more “mature” ladies. If I had to choose right now, I would say block. that could change tomorrow…

  5. user_1914 says:


  6. Gillian Lee says:

    Stilleto for sure!

  7. Nana says:

    Stiletto because it’s hard to find stiletto ankle boots which are comfortable to wear for a long periods of time.
    Of course eventually it would be nice to have both options available in the future:)

  8. Patricia says:

    Block heel as it makes it easier to walk in icy conditions (hello winter in Calgary!) but I would like to see a slightly more pointed toe.

  9. Karen says:

    Block heel for sure! Way more comfy for lots of walking and shopping!

  10. Kathleen O'Brien Neville says:

    Block heel looks a bit more modern

  11. user_2622 says:


  12. Natalie Foremsky says:


  13. Anne says:

    Block heel! Love your products!

  14. Penny says:

    Block heel please

  15. Kate R. says:

    Definitely a block heel on an ankle boot. Much more versatile.

  16. Marion says:


  17. Amy says:

    I vote block heel! More stable for walking, more functional. Stilettos are pretty, but not so functional. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Rachel Humphrey says:

    Block! And I can’t wait for these!

  19. Teresa says:


  20. Valerie Hale says:

    mid heel stilletto

  21. Jen Islaub says:

    Definitely block heel. I’m already dreaming of them!

  22. LINDA says:

    Block, definitely.

  23. Ann says:

    Blocked heel, if I had to choose, but would love to see a lower Cuban heeled bootie that you can walk in all day.

  24. Nancy says:

    Blocked Heel!!! Such a fashionable and modern style!

  25. Tracy says:

    Block – esp for our often snowy, icy or gravelly sidewalks.

  26. Madison says:

    Block heel!!!

  27. Kim says:

    I love the look of a stiletto but if they are too high they are useless. Block is more functional.

  28. user_2609 says:

    Block please!

  29. Lindsay says:

    Block heel!

  30. Mary-Ann says:

    Block is not as sexy, but is much more practical and versatile. Why not offer both options to make it a truly customized experience?

  31. maureenxoz says:


  32. Jennifer says:

    If I have to choose…block heel 2″ – 2.5″ high would be ideal. Fashionable and walkable ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Bev says:

    Definitely block heel!

  34. Dominique says:


  35. Lindsay says:

    Would be great to see both options available one day but if I can only choose one, a block heel would be it.

  36. Benny says:

    Block, for sure!

  37. Deb says:

    Block, always.

  38. Colleen says:

    Block heel.

  39. Keby says:

    Block heel with a square toe please ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. Erin says:

    How about both??!… but if I were to choose.. a block!

  41. Danielle says:

    block ๐Ÿ™‚ way more in style at the moment!

  42. Laurie P.. says:

    I also think why not both? A lower stacked heel height option for all day on the feet would be great too!

  43. Deb says:

    Block heel.

  44. Karen says:

    Both but stiletto if I had to choose.

  45. EB says:

    Stiletto – more versatile. Block is harded to style for work and for shorter people. Stiletto elongates legs.

  46. Lisa says:

    Both! But stiletto in a 2-2.5″ height. Or Block if it’s over 2.5″. Also in sizes smaller than 5.5.

  47. Bonnie says:

    Block heel, because it’s more versatile. It can be dressed up or down ๐Ÿ™‚

  48. Teresa says:

    Love the block heel!

  49. Mercy says:

    Whichever is more comfortable. Love the stiletto look, want to be able to walk in NYC….

  50. Darr says:

    Block heel. I’d love to see a lower heel boot too!

  51. Bridget says:

    Block heel please! that means less broken ankles for me if I run in the boots to catch a bus or something.

  52. Carina says:

    Block ๐Ÿ™‚

  53. Jessie says:

    Block heel – much more sturdy, and solid looking on a boot. Stilettos are great for photographs and socializing, but not as stable for walking.

  54. Brenda says:

    Both! And while you’re at it throw a wedge heel in too.

  55. Jessica says:


  56. Anne-Marie says:

    Blocked please

  57. Danne says:


  58. Karen says:

    I’d like to be ankle to have both options

  59. Sarah says:

    Stiletto with different heel heights.

  60. Caitlin says:

    Stiletto – but for comfort sake, not too high of a heel.

    Block he is clunky looking and does not provide any more support.

  61. Mallory says:


  62. Stephanie says:


  63. Louise Kahler says:

    Definitely block heel – for Canadian winters it is really hard to prance around on slippery streets and driveways with the stiletto heel. I know the stiletto heel is very sexy and stylish, but for the first run, do the block heel, please!

  64. Ashley says:

    The block heel for sure!

  65. Peggy says:

    I think an ankle boot should have the option of a regular heel, neither block or stiletto high heel. But, I’m older now, and I believe that high heels cause too many sprains in general (especially in the winter months) and varicose veins in the long run. But, thanks for asking us. Cheers,

  66. Tasha says:

    Block heel all the way. Or if possible, a flat! Like a nice ankle riding boot.

  67. user_2843 says:


  68. Patricia says:

    Block – A heel with more support than a stiletto!

  69. Dawn says:

    Hello, I too would much prefer a block heel for the ankle boots. And, while you are soliciting comments, I also would love a low-rise boot (to wear with pants, maybe a calf height of 4-6โ€ณ) also with a lower stacked heel. THANKS!


  70. Mojo says:

    Block – still fashionable and WAY easier to walk in.

  71. Lindsay says:

    STILLETO!!! They are more feminine looking.
    Block heels are too clunky.

  72. Karen says:

    I prefer the block heel. Stilettos are too hard to balance on. Could you offer a lower height block heel ? 2″ are a good everyday height.

  73. Colleen says:


  74. Denise says:

    Block please. Thicker heel = used more often!

  75. pamela marriott says:

    block for sure please.

  76. Cara says:

    Block please with an angle ๐Ÿ™‚

  77. Patsy says:

    Block!! Please!! Divine ankle booties are hard to find, especially ones that I would want to wear for long periods!

  78. Jennifer says:

    Block, or how about a wedge? Or better yet a flat boot.

  79. Susan says:

    That’s a hard one but I’d have to go with block.

  80. Dale says:

    Block heel for sure

  81. Rene Dee says:


  82. Bonnie says:

    Block, lower height.

  83. Kebrina says:

    Block, block please or a choice is nice too

  84. user_2472 says:


  85. Laura says:

    Why not both? They are lovely

  86. Sylvia says:

    Block heel. I can’t walk in stilettos.

  87. Susan says:

    Block for sure! And a heel height not more than 2.5″ because I need functional boots. Cool, but functional boots (okay, i like Fluevogs but they aren’t custom). And I am almost sixty!

  88. amelia says:

    block heel!

  89. user_2830 says:

    Block, but I’d love a cowboy boot heel or a wedge. 1 1/2 – 2′ would be great for all day wear. Thanks for asking. Jennifer

  90. Emily says:

    Block heel for sure!

  91. Ilana says:

    Stiletto, please!!! It’s such a classic!!

  92. Tess says:

    Block heel as our winters suck in AB!
    Maybe a wedge would be cute for the next round … I find they are realy great for office environments! ๐Ÿ™‚

  93. Theresa lor says:


  94. eva says:

    Neither. Flat heal, like a short version of a riding boot, please.

  95. Tan says:

    Personally I vote Stiletto… I’ve just never been a fan of the block, but opinion aside, no matter what the fashion is year over year, the stiletto never goes out of style. Chunky, block, dramatic… heels come and go. Either way, you gals seem to always get it right! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I trust your fashion expertise. Thanks for asking!!

  96. Jan says:

    I’m absolutely, all the way for a block heel. They are so much more stable and easier to wear all day for those of us who are on our feet all day. I’ve been instructed to wear heels right now to help heal my Achilles tendinitis. Could I wear stilettos all day as a teacher? No. I was told to get block heels as they could be worn all day and not to get stilettos due to their lack of stability!

  97. user_504 says:

    Block heel for me! And even flat or low heel for us tall women!

  98. Dee says:

    2 inch block heel on all boots. Would love the Downtown boot with 2 inch block heel.

  99. Leslie Smallwood says:


  100. Jennifer says:

    Block heel please!!!

  101. user_2378 says:

    Block heel, maybe a wedge would be nice too ๐Ÿ™‚

  102. Kerry says:

    Hard decision, but I’d have to go block. Little more sturdier and easier. Although a stiletto would be a little more snappier too…

  103. Rebecca says:

    Block for sure!!

  104. lisa says:

    Sexy Stiletto heel!!!

  105. Lucy says:

    Block for sure, prefer the sturdiness

  106. Nancy J Mac says:

    Definitely the block.

  107. Pam says:

    Block. Stilettos are great, but completely not practical for winter, so on a bootie it would limit wear-ability to fall for the most part.

  108. Angi says:

    Personally I think both are snazzy, but if I had to choose I would say blocked.

  109. user_2121 says:

    definitely block! I also wish the tall boots had a mid-height block heel ๐Ÿ™‚

  110. Sarah says:

    Block heel!

  111. Lisa says:

    Block heel for sure! Winter in Canada is not stiletto friendly.

  112. Carolyn says:

    Block – I would want to wear my custom boots all day and block heels would do the job!

  113. Linda says:

    Block heel!

  114. Mary says:

    Block. I think it’s just a slightly more timeless look.

  115. Becca says:

    I prefer a blocked heel but I can see a market for both.

  116. Val says:

    Block heel. A block heel would be much easier to walk in on the icy sidewalks.

  117. Marie says:

    block heel!

  118. Marie says:

    block heel

  119. Jennifer says:


  120. Lauren says:

    I have trouble getting nice high heeled shoes for work, so boots with a stiletto are absolutely perfect. Block heels seem practical but schlepping around town in heels of any shape doesn’t really work in the weather most people are thinking of.

  121. D says:

    Both, options are always nice.

  122. Erin says:

    Block. If I was wearing these in snow (and I would) I know I can wear block heels all day.

  123. Tania says:

    As a Mum of two kids, wife, business owner and volunteer to a couple of charities, I’m constantly on my feet. I want to look good and stylish but my clothing and shoes need to work for me, and not against me. So my vote is for the BLOCK heel. Please.

  124. Lisa says:

    As I have gotten older I find the shoes that worked for me before, don’t now. Even though I like the look of stilettos, comfort wins out, so block heels are my preference.

  125. Diana says:

    I love block heels

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