Runway to Your Way: Wedges

As most people who know me would say, it is surprising that it has taken me this long to write about shoes. It’s surprising even to me! I just adore shoes. I know, oh so cliche’ for a woman to love shoes, but it is true. I can’t tell you how many times I start with the shoes first and then build the outfit around them!

This season, there are a ton of great options in style – the ballet flat, embellished heels, the gladiator sandal, kitten heels – and a few not so great options – hello, strappy clogs? But the one I’m most excited about is the wedge. The wedge is great for so many reasons.

  • At great heights. New to heels? The wedge eases you in, providing a more stable platform so you have less wobble and more wow.
  • Stand Tall. Big day out? The wedge gives you the benefits of a heel (more length to the leg), but provides more support for your arch, so you can tromp around without tiring out.
  • Nighty night! The wedge is not just for your day looks. Just keep the cork for your casual day wear and introduce leather at night. Wood works well at any time.
  • Standing the test of time. The wedge is a classic! The fabric may change, but the shape is timeless for spring and summer. If you are investing in a pricier wedge, took for a great neutral that can be paired with any color in your closet, such as a rich brown, tawny taupe or your favorite metallic.

Here are a few of my different looks this year, plus what to pair with them.

Digging Denim. Denim is big for the spring, so how about incorporating it into your footwear? Just like with jeans, a darker wash will look great on the foot.  And don’t forget some colorful toes (I’m going coral myself!). The wood base of this pair allows you to go from day to night without a footwear switch, so try with some skinny, cropped pants and tank during the day, and throw on a fitted cardigan for a casual dinner or a sparkly, skinny scarf for a night out with the gals.

Tory Burch Denim Wedges

Colorful Kicks. For those uncomfortable with color, adding it through your footwear is an easy way to get used to the idea. Plus adding color at the foot is another great way to see what colors complement your skin tone the best. I love this pair of coral wedges, whose rope detailing makes them a great day option. Top with boot cut white pants or white shorts, and add a navy striped shirt or polka dot gypsy blouse. Complete with a long beaded necklace to keep the look casual but crisp.

Christian Louboutin Almeria Leather Espadrille

Work It. Don’t forget your wedge on the weekday! Wedges aren’t just great weekend wear, they are also great for the work day. I like the metal detail on this pair, which makes the wedge more dressy. Try with an A-line skirt and belted cardigan for a polished day look.

Nine West Tarmatic Wedge

Slip and Glide. You tend to see most wedge options with an ankle strap, but I love a slip-on wedge as well. This type is just as stylish and even a bit more playful than your average wedge. I love this pair – the braided brown leather paired with the espadrille bottom offers a fun juxtaposition. Pair with some blue seersucker pants and white long-sleeved tee.

Michael Kors Espadrille Wedges

Well, time to dig my favorite wedges out of the closet!

What does your favorite pair look like?


April 10, 2010. Tags: , , , . Runway to Your Way, Uncategorized.

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