Last updated on August 30th, 2018 at 10:29 am
The sun is out and it’s time to break out the summer wardrobe once again, and what could be better than a gorgeous summer dress and a fabulous pair of wedge sandals to complement it.
Wedge sandals are a wardrobe staple for many, not only are they versatile they’re also comfortable and offer added support to the middle of the foot where standard heels don’t. This makes them the perfect choice for anyone that may struggle to wear heels comfortably but still wants the look.
Wedge sandals can be dressed up or down and can look great with dresses, trousers, shorts and skirts. They’re the perfect choice of summer time footwear for many occasions too, whether you’re off to a wedding or you want some comfortable, yet stylish heels for the office, there’s definitely a style of wedge sandal out there for you.
What Are Wedge Sandals?
Wedge sandals (or wedges as some call them!) have a joined heel and sole and are usually made from one material – often wood, cork or perspex – forming the basis of the sole. Often cork is preferred as it’s durable and lightweight. The base of the sole is sometimes wrapped with another material such as leather to correspond with the upper of the sandals.
Wedge style shoes and boots have been popular for decades and became a fashion statement in Italy during the 1930’s where they were originally developed as an orthopedic aid. Since then, there have been many different styles and designs hit the market, and none more so than wedge sandals that still remain a popular summer footwear choice to this day.
The heel section of wedge sandals can be a feature in themselves, with the room for embellishments and creative design, anything is possible. Wedge sandals are also available in a variety of different heights to best suit your preferences.
The Benefits Of Wedges
As previously mentioned, wedges were originally developed as an orthopedic aid that could help to correct heel problems or instep issues such as fallen arches. As wedges have a solid, single sole, there is added support and stability to the middle of the shoe, something which you don’t get with stiletto or block heels.
With the added stability, you also run less risk of accident, making them a safer choice if you’re not 100% when it comes to wearing heels. Many people find wedges more comfortable for wearing over a long period of time, whilst still offering the added height of a heel.
With these added benefits, you might be wondering are wedge sandals better for you than heels? The answer to this really depends on which heels you’re comparing them to, but in general, the answer is yes! Their extra support and comfort tend to cause less rubbing and discomfort than other, less supportive types of heel such as stilettos.
What To Wear Wedge Sandals With
Now we’ve explored wedge sandals and their benefits you might be wondering what you can wear them with. The great news is that they’re so versatile, there aren’t too many hard and fast fashion rules when it comes to wedges. However, if you’re looking for a little guidance here’s our guide on how to wear wedge sandals:
How to wear wedge sandals with skinny jeans
It’s easy to pair wedge sandals with skinny jeans to create a casual outfit. To keep the look low-key, for daytime casual wear, opt for a wedge with a heel of 3” or below. Neutrals like black, brown, nude and white will work with a variety of outfits, so these could be a versatile choice. If you’re embracing the summer sun, don’t be afraid to pick out a bright accent colour from your top like pink, red or purple and match the shade of your wedge sandals to really make them stand out!
How to wear wedge sandals with shorts
Much like skinny jeans, shorts tend to be a casual clothing option. Once again, keeping wedge sandal heels low and opting for neutrals is a great way to go. A pair of cute denim shorts, teamed with wedge sandals and a casual t-shirt is a winning combination for your summer holiday.
How to wear wedge sandals with a dress
Wedges can help dress your outfit up or down. When paired with a dress, a wedge sandal that’s over 3” high can really add style to an evening outfit. Choose a glamorous style with diamante detail for the ultimate in evening wow factor. When teaming with a daytime dress, follow similar rules to shorts and skinny jeans, low and simple is best for a relaxed look.
When To Wear Wedge Sandals
There are so many different styles of wedge sandal, offering opportunities to wear them for many different occasions. The only thing you really need to wait for when deciding when to wear your wedge sandals is a little bit of sunshine! Here are some of our best wedge-sandal wearing tips:
If you find the right pair, you can wear wedge sandals for work. Many people wonder if wedge sandals are business casual and that really depends on your work environment. Unless there’s a strict dress code, opt for a plain, smart, low wedge without too much embellishment. They’ll keep your feet cool, look smart and feel comfortable, so you’re onto a workday winner!
When you’re on the beach, almost anything goes! Sand isn’t as stable as the pavement though, so we’d recommend a low wedge with an ankle strap for maximum seaside enjoyment.
Weddings are a great opportunity to break out those dressier wedge sandals! Whether you’re a bridesmaid, wedding guest or even the bride, wedges could be the answer to all-day comfort. For an occasion like this, you can afford to go for an elegant, high, embellished wedge. Lower, simpler styles might look a little underdressed so opt for something special if you’re choosing wedding footwear. The same goes for a prom, the right choice of wedge sandal can look as elegant as any other heel style.
Choosing The Right Wedge Sandals For You
Just like every type of shoe, certain styles of wedge sandal will suit your feet better than others. If you’re not used to high heels, don’t opt for a sky-high wedge just because it offers more support or you might find you’re still struggling. Take the shape of your feet into account and make sure you try different styles on to assess how comfortable they are. If you find the right pair of wedges, you’ll never want to wear anything else! Here are a few guidelines on what to look for:
Wide feet: some brands offer wider fit options which are great for wide feet and plus size. If these aren’t available look for strappy options rather than a peep toe as these will offer your feet a little more wiggle room.
Narrow feet: if your feet are on the narrower side peep toes styles might be just right. Look out for adjustable ankle straps to keep your foot secure in the sandal.
This summer, make sure you add some wedge sandals to your wardrobe! As you can see they’re a versatile and comfortable style to wear. Here at Shoe Zone you’ll find a great value range, and we also stock girls wedge sandals for those little ladies who want to look great in the summer sun too! There’s a wedge for every summer event, make sure you choose yours.