Wedges for women are back this summer! As popular and as pretty as ever, hundreds of models crowd the shops, but how to choose the best ones?
Shoes are easily the most popular accessory among women for many reasons: a beautiful pair of high-heeled shoes can in fact make you feel like a million dollars, add to your height and improve your outfit to no end. But heels are not the only type of shoe women love. This summer in fact wedges for women have come back into fashion with a vengeance and dozens of brands and retailers are offering different styles for every need. So why not discover more about wedges for women and add a little something to your summer wardrobe?
First worn in ancient Greece, wedges made a brief appearance in the Middle Ages and Renaissance when they were used by women to walk over muddy ground so as to avoid ruining their delicate slippers. But for the wedges for women as we know them today we must thank Salvatore Ferragamo, an uber-famous Italian designer. Between 1935 and 1936, in fact, this icon of fashion studied the trends from the past and on them he modeled a type of shoe that featured a thick sole rising towards the heel – the wedge shoe we know and love today. He was also the one who chose cork for the sole although that was as much for fashion as for practical reasons: in fact, wood was not very comfortable, and rubber and leather were scarce. Wedges for women were popular shoes all during World war II but disappeared during the 1950s. They however resurfaced in later years – the periods in which wedges for women have been the most fashionable are the 1970s and 1990s – when even movie and music celebrities jumped on the bandwagon. And now they are back again.
There are many types of wedges for women on the market including boots and pumps but it is undeniable that the most popular type of wedges are sandals. Often swapping cork for rope soles, this type of shoe plays with light fabric in summery colors, leather straps, canvas, and denim.
As they are extremely popular, there are hundreds of different models for you to choose from and therefore you should think about your needs before settling for one pair. Color is of course very important, and if you are buying your first pair of wedges, consider getting them in a neutral tone such as white, grey, beige or black as they will match more outfits. If this isn’t your first pair, then consider making a fashion statement and getting a pair in a bright color such as red or hot pink to better stand out from the crowd.
Width and height of the heel are also very important factors. Although wedges are without a doubt more comfortable than thinner heels such as stilettos as well as easier to walk in due to the fact that the weight is distributed over the entire foot, they are heels nonetheless. This means that if you are not used to them, the added height might make it uncomfortable for you to walk long distances, at least at first. Therefore, think about what you need them for before buying them – a heel that is higher than four inches might look very trendy but it’s not going to be easy to dance in it. The width of the heel in wedges for women is also very important. In fact, if you have a petite frame then a narrower wedge might look better as a larger one would make you look even smaller. On the other hand, if you have thicker legs and ankles, a wider wedge will balance out proportions and make your legs look thinner.
Finally, materials also play an important role. If you are looking for a pair of wedges to go with a casual dress or a flowing skirt then canvas or denim wedges with a cork sole will be great. On the other hand, if you are looking for something a little more elegant for evening wear, then a better idea is to go for leather or suede wedges with a leather or a patented sole which will, without a doubt, look classier in a more sophisticated setting.