Wedge heels come in all heights and styles, from sky-high to barely-there. Choose a multi-colored statement wedge, such as the Jessica Simpson Cosset, or a versatile black wedge, such as the Call It Spring Gorgeia (both pictured above). Wedges are a must-have for every woman’s spring wardrobe, and while they are an extremely fashionable and versatile choice, they aren’t always easy to pull off when it comes to styling. Before we explore how to wear wedges, let’s look at what defines a wedge, and the pros and cons of wearing this fashion-forward shoe style.
The Difference Between Wedges and Other Heels
Instead of pushing up the heel with a stem-like protrusion, a wedge heel, which is higher in the back of the shoe and lower in the front, runs under the length of the foot. Wedge heels range from low to high, and the shape and length of the heel classify the shoe as a wedge.
Pros and cons to consider:
Pros: The wedge adds height, but it is more stable and easier to walk in than regular stiletto or stacked high heels. Wedges work well with nearly any length of dress, from mini-dresses to floor-skimming gowns. They help bigger ankles appear smaller and prettier, thanks to their defined geometric shape. For spring and summer months, wedge sandals made of cork are extremely light and breathable. And, unlike stilettos, you can wear wedges to outdoor barbecues or the beach without worrying about your heels getting stuck in the sand!
Cons: Wedges are still heels, so they will not be as comfortable as flats. You will need to practice walking in any new pair of wedges you buy, as the height and shape of each wedge vary. This style of shoe also tends to convey a more casual attitude – it is hard to find a truly elegant wedge for occasions that call for formal attire. Also, they tend to look unwieldy when worn with tight-fitting pants or skirts.
How To Wear Wedges
Wedges look most flattering when worn with loose, flowing fabrics such as long pleated skirts, wrap dresses, and wide or flared pants and gauchos. However, wedges are versatile, and can be paired with anything from jeans to dresses, depending on their style and color.
In general, stay away from wearing capris with wedges as the shoes may make your bare lower legs appear heavier. Instead, channel your inner bohemian with a pair of cork wedges and a maxi sun dress, or go for a preppy look with red elastic strap wedges, crisp white dress pants, a wide belt, and a striped boatneck shirt.
Now that you have some ideas about how to wear the wedge, you can step out in confidence in this must-have shoe style. Remember to have fun with styling your wedges, and don’t be afraid to try a new look.