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Wedge Shoes - Wedges

Wedge footwear has a single piece of material that forms both the sole and heel.  The combined sole & heel form a wedge shape.

What is a wedge?

wooden wedges

A wedge is typically a piece of wood, metal, or some other material having one thick end and tapering to a thin edge.  It can be driven between two objects or parts of an object to secure or separate them.  A wedge shaped item is also synonymous with a doorstop.  The wedge shoe takes its name from the wedge shape.

What is a wedge shoe? 

Women's Wedge Shoes

A shoe is an item of footwear intended to protect and comfort the human foot while doing various activities.   Wedge shoes, wedge boots, wedgies, or lifties are shoes and boots with a sole in the form of a wedge.  One piece of material serves as both the sole and the heel.  The material used to create the sole & heel is normally rubber but can be made of other materials as well. 

Believe it or not, the wedge shoe design is said to date back to ancient Greece.  So, wedge shoes and togas must go well together.

Wedge shoes are popular among women, but they are also worn on occasion by men.  Men's wedge boots, usually called "wedgies," typically have low heels.   Men's boots of this kind became popular during the 1970s.

Women’s wedge shoes or wedgies are more common and often have a sole that is much thicker at the back than at the front, making them high-heeled boots or shoes.

Are platform shoes the same as wedge shoes?

Platform Wedge Shoes

Not exactly because not all platform shoes have the wedge shape.  However, some platform shoes can be wedge platform shoes.

Platform boots or shoes have a thick soles throughout.  Platform shoes are shoes, boots, or sandals with an obvious thick sole, usually in the range of 3–10 cm (1–4 in).  Platform shoes may also be high heels, in which case the heel is raised significantly higher than the ball of the foot.  The sole of a platform shoe can have a continuous uniform thickness, have a wedge, a separate block or a stiletto heel.

What are wedge sneakers?

Wedge sneakers are rather new to the fashion market.  They look like traditional sneakers but have the high wedge heel.  Normally sneakers are low heels because they are often worn for athletics.  We do NOT suggest you do athletic activities in wedge sneakers.  They are not as stable as normal sneakers.

Wedge Sneakers

Elevate your look without sacrificing comfort by slipping into a pair of wedges.


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