Wedges are sweet like sandals, but with the sass of stilettos. In the summer — especially when you’re going out on the town, heading to a party, or even going to church — you want to be comfortable but with a dose of sophistication. Wedges provide that combination of comfort and style. From classic espadrilles to on-trend wooden platforms, wedges are a must-have for the season.
Espadrilles are the essential summer wedge. They’re timeless — find a great pair and you can wear them summer after summer. Espadrilles, featuring wedges made from natural-looking materials like cork or straw, perfectly compliment a sundress or elongate your tanned legs in shorts. Try a closed-toe style with ankle straps (like the Closed-toe Espadrille by Colin Stuart for Victoria’s Secret, $24.99), a pump-like style with peep-toe (like the Laura Espadrilles from Forever21, $21.80), or open-toe slingbacks (like the Colin Stuart Peep-toe Espadrille from Victoria’s Secret, $19.99, or the Lily Wedge Slingback from Payless, $24.99).
Unlike sweet espadrilles, gladiator wedges have some edge. They easily pump up even the most basic t-shirt and Daisy Dukes combo, especially when they have extra embellishments like zippers, studs, or a hefty wooden base. Try Steve Madden’s Tatianna wedge, $89.95, or the Pene Lope wedge from Luichiny, $79.95.
Maybe it’s the comeback of clogs, but summer brought forth a noticeable resurgence of ‘70s-inspired platforms and wooden shoes. Wedges are thicker than ever! Luckily wedges are much easier and more comfortable than heels, so you get the height without the stumbles. The floral bow wedge sandals from Gap’s Design Editions, $110, or Jeffrey Campbell’s wood and leather wedge, $148, are trendy options for rocking the ‘70s look.
— By Ali Straka, University of Missouri