- Women’s Shoes
There is nothing like a good pair of wedges to add extra height without compromising the comfort. Wedge shoes are perfect for adding a touch of height and texture to an outfit. They can come in various colors, styles, and materials, so there is sure to be a pair that fits your needs. Wedges are typically offered for women only, due to the specific heel of this shoe.
The wedges get their name from the wedge heel. A wedge heel is one whole underpart, extending from the back of the shoe to the shank, which functions as both the sole and the heel. Thus, the shape of this sole is kind of triangular, with it’s narrow part at the toes. Usually the wedge is about 3-4 inches (about 7-10 cm), which is excellent for giving that extra height. Of course, lower and higher options are also available. The heel itself is often made of rubber, cork or wood, and may be covered with woven rope or leather.
Types of Wedges Shoes
Quite a few shoe types can come with a wedge heel. Let’s go over the most common wedges for women.
One of the most common wedge type, and the one with imagine first when we think of wedges. The wedge heel of this type comes with a woven rope finishing, to distinguish them from the rest. The espadrille wedges may come with an open toe, closed toe, sling-back, ankle straps and more. Often, they are made out of canvas or leather, and come in a variety of colors. These espadrille wedges are perfect to combine with jeans or a summer dress or skirt.
The wedge sandals are open toe and open heel sandals with wedge heel. They can be espadrille wedge sandals, or with leather, cork or rubber sole and heel. The height may vary, from low wedge sandals, to mid or high wedge sandals.
Closed Toe Wedges
These are wedge shoes that have a covered toe area. They are perfect if you aim to wear your pair in colder days, as it will allow the use of stockings or sheer socks. In addition, the closed toe provides a bit more formal look to the wedge, if your desire is to also wear them as office shoes.
This is a type of women’s sneakers with a wedge heel, which is usually concealed. The sneaker wedges were very popular around 2020, however not that trendy for 2023. Non the less, you can check our Sneakers for women category for any models that have been outlined as featured items.
The platform wedges are a type of wedge where the sole under the toes is also elevated. The wedge heel would still have a ‘triangular’ shape, and the heel would be higher than the front area of the foot, however there would be a platform at the toe section, giving the shoe an extra height.
What Materials are Wedge shoes Made Of?
When shopping for wedge shoes, it is important to consider the type of material they are made from. There are a few popular material types that are used, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. One popular type of material is leather, which is a durable substance that can last for years. However, leather shoes can be a bit on the pricey side, so it is important to consider your budget when shopping for wedge shoes. One alternative to leather is cloth or canvas, which is less durable, but can be less expensive, is more sustainable and may be a better option in terms of airing. Faux leather and PVC are other eco-friendly alternatives.
We already mentioned the composition of the wedge heel. However, the heel may be finished with one component (woven rope, for example), while the top of the shoe is made of canvas or leather.
Popular Brands for Wedge Shoes
We’ve got a curated selection of designer shoes, produced by some of the finest brands which add a touch of elegance and style to any outfit. Below are the most desired labels for wedges:
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