Living on the WEDGE

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Laura Trask
Often in life when we say we are “living on the edge,” the feeling that comes to mind is negative. As if one more step could end in disaster! When talking about shoes however, living on the wedge can be a glorious place to be.


Italian designer SalvatoreFerragamo in 1935, originallyas an orthopedic shoe. Because there was a shortage of leather,he used rubber and wood.During WWII the wedge enjoyed a second resurgence in popularity as height was infashion and the wedge was acomfortable alternative to the high heel. In the 70‘s the wedge…

was liberated, and men as well as women were wearing themin a groovy kaleidoscope of rainbow colors.One designer went so far as to create a clear acrylic wedge that had a goldfish swimming inside.For spring and summer a wedge can take on many characteristics and functionalities. For example, one  typically reaches for a flat shoe in the summer trying to keep things free, easy and casual. Today the wedge designers’ alternative to the flat shoe is called a “flatform”or raised flat, which offers a lift and rise that keeps the wearer above the steaming tarmac, is lurking underfoot. These rather quirky designs also add a little fun for the girl who is bold enough to wear these 70’s inspired clod hoppers. I was one such girl (had to have the latest thing).Unfortunately, they did not work for me. They did not flatter my foot, nor did I find them easy to pair with pants. However,they may work for you. The positive side to these mini wedges is they are so light weight and easy to wear anywhere.

The other direction that living on the wedge can take us this spring is to dizzying heights. We can replace the ever-popular stiletto,which tends to win out as most popular evening shoe, with the double-glammed up wedge. Unlike the stiletto these towering creations add inches without winces. The trend in this category is 70’smeets 20’s flapper; with a nod again, aswe have seenover and overthis season, to metallics, some of these with a jewel encrusted heel. Major eye candy!
Wedges are everywhere in all shapes and sizes and price points. So take comfort, girls, there is definitely a way for you live on the wedge and keep your footing safe and secure.

XOXO  Laura