This summer, fashion is wild about wedges. Sadly, a lot of what seems to be in store are espadrilles. Cute, yes. Vintage, sure–but sometimes all you want is a big statement shoe. Straw platforms, though darling for day, simply don’t make the cut when you’re feeling quirky. Here are six wedges that will bring a splash of eccentricity into your summer wardrobe.
Edouard Manet Black Patent Peeptoe Platform Wedges ($335) — Any art lover would squeal over these wedges from Hippy of Doom. With hand painted recreations of impressionist artist Edouard Manet on the wedge platform, justifying the price for these beauties just got a bit easier.
Julian Louie for ALDO: Sobeslava wedge ($125) — Since March, fashionistas have been a twitter about Julian Louie’s collaboration with ALDO. Though only available in taupe online (check stores to see if they haven’t sold out), these batik-esque print shoes are an edgier way to embrace the breezy, world traveller trend.
Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte: Gold Wedges — Back in Autumn, we got a glimpse of Nicholas Kirkwood’s collaboration with the Mulleavy sisters for their Spring/Summer collection, and let’s just say we pulled a Rachel Zoe. These shoes are BA-NAN-NAS. With gleaming gold, intricate textures and mechanical naturalism, these shoes are the ultimate in wedge porn. Now, if only we could win the lottery.
Jeffrey Campbell Tick Paint Shoe ($180)– Turn your feet into a Jackson Pollack inspired art piece with these kooky wedges from Jeffrey Campbell. We’re consistently blown away by the line’s creativity and fearless sensibility, especially when it comes to designing wedges. It’s a shame we could only use one shoe.
Matiko Ty Shoe in Black and White ($194.95)– These would be the shoes that Cruella DeVil would wear if she were an urbane hipster, rather than a puppy killer. Also available in leopard print, the Ty wedge is both monochromatic and geometric, adding a dash of bold mod to any outfit.
Sam Edelman Kendall Wedge ($159.99) — Currently on sale at Town Shoes, this wedge blends the best of the wooden wedge trend with leather cut out detailing.
~ Natasha Hunt