One look at any summer or fall runway or lookbook and it’s easy to see that the current fad in high-fashion footwear is clunky and funky. When it comes to wedges, the higher (and harder to walk in) the better, and while they’re not exactly “pretty,” these sky-high shoes exude a fashion-forward coolness in the fact that they aren’t dainty and have the ability to instantly “rough up” an otherwise predictable outfit. While the look is undoubtedly haute for the runway, the whole “hoofed” look can be a bit difficult to translate in real life in a way that’s still flattering and somewhat practical, without taking away from the style’s edge factor. As a result, I’ve compiled a small collection of some summer-friendly wooden wedges — the fashionista’s alternative to the fresh-off-the-runway cloppy creations. I don’t know if it’s just the nature of the material, but there’s something about wooden wedges that makes ridiculously high heels immediately more day-appropriate when you’d otherwise look more “streetwalker” than chic. Edge up your girliest sundress with a pair of platform buckled sandals like these from Dolce Vita, or make your average jeans-and-tee combo much more interesting with a pair of wooden metallic sandals like these Steve Maddens. Sure, they may not be the easiest to walk in, but hey — being chic sometimes takes practice!
- Alex Gambardella
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