Wedges have been known to divide the masses.
When I was a junior in high school in the early 1970′s, I went out shopping with girlfriends one afternoon and came home with a pair of red gingham fabric platform wedge sandals. I thought they were the cutest shoes ever. My mother, not so much. “Omigod, where did you get those awful CARMEN MIRANDA SHOES?!?” (She was definitely in the “footwear should be sleek and elegant” camp.)
I’ve never been able to wear those vertiginous stilettos that seem to teeter across every street style blog and red carpet these days, but now that I’ve consigned even my 3″ heels to Bad Boy status (at least for every day wear) and we’re past Boot Season, I’ve been giving wedge sandals another look. Unlike flats or more streamlined sandals, they have some visual heft to balance out dresses, fuller skirts and wide-leg trousers. And they can add a bit of height without pain.
I’m looking for something that isn’t too steep or too clunky, and appropriate for Business Casual office wear. Under consideration:
|Stuart Weitzman “Excise”|
A very attractive shoe, and comfortable too, with a 2¼ net heel height. And on sale right now.
|Stuart Weitzman “Jean”|
I like this subtle metallic, which would also look great with jeans. The cork is very on-trend now. Both styles above are available in Wide widths from zappos.com.
|Cole Haan Air Camila|
For those who like a snakeskin print, these are fun and also on sale. (I like the blue better, though both are on the casual side.)
If I were specifically looking something in red, I’d definitely be trying these. I’ve had good luck with Sofft sandals in the past, very comfortable.
Gentle heel, a cute bow and available in multiple colors including this season’s on-trend orange. Just not enough oomph for me, though.
Probably a bit more heel than I want, but what a great color!
Edited to add: See Wendy B’s silver Prada wedges here.
Where do you stand on the Wedge Issue? Yea or Nay?
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