Wedges are totally IN (again). But I say, embrace the wedge! They’re cute, comfortable and easier to walk in than other high heeled alternatives.
A little bit of background: the wedge was invented by Salvatore Ferragamo in the mid-1930s. Interesting guy – he wanted his shoes to be both beautiful and comfortable so he studied anatomy at University of Southern California. After his studies, Ferragamo designed women’s shoes that supported the arch with a steel support in the instep of all his shoes. Making his shoes from his home base in Florence, Italy, Ferragamo was known as the shoemaker to the stars. He used cork and wood for his wedge shoes because it was lighter weight and easier to come by then leather and rubber (source: shoeworld.com). During World War 2, these shoes grew greatly in popularity because of the lack of leather and rubber. Wedges have also been popular in the 1970’s along with platform shoes. In the ’90s, platform and wedge sneakers were all the rage – made popular by the all-girl group the Spice Girls. Cork wedge sandals with strappy lace up designs were also popular in the summer of 2006 but have mostly disappeared until recently with the current resurgence of the wonderful wedge.
Wedges are awesome because they provide a heel, even a very high heal, that is easy to walk in and (when made out of cork) light weight. This season you can find wedges appearing in all different styles of shoes: lace up booties, leather peep toes for going out and of course, strappy sandals. Wedges don’t have to be tall- there are also some adorable lower healed varieties out this season.
Check out my favorite wedge finds from this season from across the internet: