When I wear a pair of wedge shoes, I feel comfort that no other shoe can give. It’s all about the shape and design of the wedge that makes it so comfortable. Originally, the wedge was designed by a man named Salvatore Ferragamo. His vision was somewhat kooky and outrageous at the time in the 30s. The design came about because of his desire to make the best footwear possible with the most incredible look.
As a shoe designer to the Hollywood stars, Salvatore decided to do something different. Incorporating both design and anatomy he created the wedge shoe. Not only did he create a completely new style of shoe, but he developed a completely new heel type: the cork heel. One of the reasons the he chose cork was because of the shortage and rationing of fabrics and materials (leather and cotton) because of the war in Europe. It’s this unique and beautiful approach to creating footwear that set not only Salvatore apart, but his creation; the wedge shoe. This is why I said the wedge shoe is the most comfortable, because it was made to be exactly that. But comfort isn’t all the wedge has to offer.
Contrary to some beliefs that the wedge shoe is made for casual wear, Ferragamo, as a designer to the stars, made a red carpet style of shoe. His designs were specially made for years for women like Eva Peron and Marilyn Monroe. What Salvatore started, other designers improved upon.
The wedge shoe has grown from a red carpet, funky shoe to a series of styles. There are platform wedges, where the toe of the shoe is raised up slightly or up to equal to the heel. A casual shoe, called the espadrille, made with canvas upper and woven heels is another style of wedge. Designers from all over the world have at least one design each season as a wedge. In the 2008 there were cool styles from designers like Marc Jacobs and Phillip Lim which hit the runways. While the styles on the runway are usually over the top, they are based on the what hits the ready to wear styles. One example is the “geisha” styles that were featured on the runway. The designs are made for a dazzling runway, but are generally not featured as ready to wear clothing.
There are so many different styles of wedge it cannot be covered in one article. If you’re looking for a comfy, sexy, fun style of shoe, you’ll find everything you need in a wedge.