If you’re a regular reader of my style blog, you know I love shoes. And wedges in particular. Why? Because my ankles are rather, let’s say, substantial, the sturdiness and structure of wedges help balance out my pedi-proportions. So how many wedges take up space in my (limited) closet space? Quite a few! Let’s explore:
Wedges don’t have to be clunky! These strappy espadrille wedges are quite elegant, with their thin leather rope straps and curvy lines. Not the most comfortable for long stretches of time, but oh, so pretty. A nice pedicure is a must — these lovely specimens would be affronted by anything less. My long-standing affection for espadrille wedges is obvious. As well as buying a pair of shoes I like in multiple colors.
Ah, my newest loves. ♥ This spring and summer, I’ve obviously gone for the wide, strappy look. And my love for espadrille wedges continues. The lower heel on both of these pairs also make both of these pairs comfortable for long workdays. The stripey pair is from Old Navy (the neon yellow-and-tan version is still available here), and the black pair is from Target (also available in tan).
Cross your foot
All of these wedges are quite comfortable. The two on the right have lighter soles (especially the turquoise pair with the cork soles!), and the brown pair has a thick elastic strap, which is great for my sensitive ankles. And looking at these pics, I’ve realized how partial I am to the crossover straps.
I’ve had all these wedges for a couple of years or more. The turquoise pair comes from Payless (similar versions here and here), as does the strappy metallic pair (similar version here), and the brown wedges are Rockport brand (similar version here).
I got these pairs — the same design from Dillards in black and brown — a few years ago when we still lived in Wisconsin. These classic wedges have served me well, especially living overseas in the UAE (where it was too hot to wear closed-toe shoes 10 months out of the year). I haven’t worn them so much lately because the slingback straps are a bit worn. And as you can see, I have worn these shoes so much they have earned their own permanent cushioned insoles!
The work wedge
I love me some patent leather, and these two beauties are examples of how wedges can be quite sophisticated. I love the slender heel on the front pair, which looks almost like a high heel from the back (see here). I was lucky enough to snag these Franco Sarto peep-toes (similar ideas here and here) on a tax-free weekend years ago in Iowa! The patent nude-colored wedge is a relatively recent purchase from Payless (black and red versions still available) that I scored with a Christmas gift card. They’re from the Dexter line, which I’ve found to be very comfortable in general due to padded insoles.
Do you love wedges? Do you have any favorite styles you keep coming back to? Please leave a comment and let me know.
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