I tweeted a while back that ‘your heels are only hot if they’ve got a wedge at the moment’. It was a bit of a tongue in cheek comment at the fact that every girl I seem to see wearing heels, seems to be wearing a wedge. From a styling point of view I’ve never really been a fan of wedges, I’ve always found them to look too ‘clumpy’ and much preferred the elegance that a stiletto heel brings. But just recently with the sudden trend meaning everyone and their mum are wearing wedges, it’s caused me to reconsider and take another look at the wedge heel.
Given my unconvincing view of the wedge, it would seem a strange choice to write a post titled ‘an ode to…’ but while I may be unsure when it comes to the look, you can’t help but notice the positives such a heel brings.
So what’s the deal with the wedge?
The heel was developed by Salvatore Ferragamo in 1937 when there was a shortage of steel because of the war. He was forced to hunt around for other materials and found by stacking cork he could develop a stable heel. As with most fashion innovations it initially was scorned by the fashion world. But over time the wedge was taken in and soon became a fashion staple that is renewed each season in line with whatever the current trend.
Why have they become such a staple? Good question, the great thing about the wedge is that along with the platform they add stability to the heel. As the entire sole of the shoe touches the floor they make them easier to walk in rather than trying to ‘totter’ along in stiletto heels. The design of the heel also makes them more comfortable, you may not be able to wear stilettos all day because of balance of the shoe, however you’d probably be able to wear a wedge because the heel supports the whole foot as opposed to the ball of the foot and the heel. This makes them a perfect option for those that need a lift but don’t fancy the potential discomfort a regular stiletto may bring.
As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, wedges seem to be everywhere at the moment. So there are plenty of options if you want to get in on the action. You have a choice from sky high platformed flavours to shoe boots with with a little lift. If you’ve always wanted to wear heels but hate the idea of tottering around or the potential discomfort a heel may bring, then go give some wedges a try, you never know you maybe surprised.
As always I love to hear what you think, so if you’re a fan of wedges or even if you hate them, let me know!