Every season sees one particular type of shoe take centre stage, whether that’s the kitten heel, the flatform or the ankle boot. This year it was definitely the wedge – hidden in trainers, studded in boots or raffia-clad under summer espadrilles. For winter, wedges still reign supreme – and there’s plenty of ways to wear them.
Gothic-inspired garments in black lace, leather and studs have been really popular this season, and shoes haven’t escaped the gothic treatment either. A pair of stacked black wedge heels is versatile, on trend and looks fabulous with casual outfits or something a little more sparkling for Christmas. The Iron Fist Manslayer Bootie Wedges feature gorgeous glittering wedge heels and an embossed leather upper, making them perfect for nights out on the tiles. The Carvela Aladin Platform Wedges and the Lipsy Sapphire Wedge Ankle Boots both combine masculine gold hardware with a luscious matte black finish that’s ideal for wearing with dark denim and a crisp white shirt.
Everything sportswear has been a huge hit this year, thanks to the Olympics, but it looks like luxe sportswear is here to stay for 2013. Wedge trainers have been incredibly popular with fashion bloggers and no wonder – they lengthen your legs, look casual but cool, and add a trendy touch to any outfit. The Ash Bowie Wedge Trainers in beige, black and cobalt blue would look great with blue sequinned leggings, while the Ash Alex Wedge Trainer in rich autumnal shades complement this season’s top hue, oxblood, perfectly.
Some trends and looks will never go out of fashion, like the perfect little black dress. Wedge heels can have a long shelf life if you choose a pattern, print or texture that can work with the rest of your wardrobe. We love these feminine KG Hyacinth Laser Cut Wedges in classic black – the lace detail on the back of these shoes makes them a useful wardrobe staple that can be dressed up or down. Or how about the Ravel Kindy Leopard Wedge Lace Up Ankle Boots? Animal print is fast becoming a ‘neutral’ in its own right, so these simple but gorgeous leopard print and black boots are sure to stand the test of time. Finally, a classic pair of wedge court shoes, like the Dune Alter Point Wedges, are great for work; the versatile navy shade and delicate sweetheart cut-out details takes them from the ordinary to the outstanding!