The Wonderful Wedge

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:

 

INC from Macy's Roslin wedge sandal
Hunter Miles Gloss wedge rain boots
Topshop- Amaze Eva stripe wedge boots
Merona from Target- Erma patent leather bow wedge (and its on sale!)
Chloe leather lace up sneaker wedge
Salvatore Ferragamo Silk Silver Strap Wedge
Myriam Tan Toe Wedge from RMK

11 thoughts on “The Wonderful Wedge”

  1. Love my wedges. I have a wonderful pair of leather sandal wedges, and I was sad when I had to throw out my black patent peep toe wedges. Still looking for a replacement for them.

    Only problem I have is on uneven ground. Nearly broke my ankle at a prison once walking on a gravel driveway in my beloved sandal wedges. Not a place I want to injure myself.

  2. I love wedge sandals but I am getting crabby about foot comfort in my old age so I can only wear them if I don’t have to be on my feet much. I never find wedge boots all that aesthetically pleasing, but I think I must be the only one because they are everywhere.

      1. I think wedge boots look weird- especially if the wedge is in the same color as the rest of the boot- because there is just too much of one color all the way down. Know what i mean? I love the wedge rain boots but I agree I’m not a big wedge boot fan. What i am a big fan of is the closed toe wedge dressed up shoe.

        I have a pair (several years old) of black round toe, stacked heel wedges that have a big gold buckle on the end- they look amazing and they’re the most comfortable “going out” shoes I’ve ever worn. I outlasted several people in a vegas club and walked all the way back to the hotel in them one night. It was impressive, specially for me- a non-high heal wearer.

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