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Season after season, sky-high stilettos have reigned supreme. But this fall the footwear market is finally offering a significant competitor: the low chunky heel.

Often topping out around two inches, its incarnations are many. But whether it’s a pony-skin leopard-print loafer from Tabitha Simmons or a spikes-sprouting mary jane by Michael Kors or Céline’s lemon-hued pump with the new trapezoidal heel, it offers the perfect height for maneuvering through busy urban terrains or miles of suburban malls.

The trend has been growing for a while, but it’s truly come into its own this season. Isn’t it nice to know that practicality is again chic?

For more of the big trends in fall 2016 accessories, check out our roundups of tall boots and top-handled bags.