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Cheap V Chic - The Wedge

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

The wedge has been around for some time but in recent years it has faded into the shadows of its much more precarious cousin - the stiletto! Our bunions however will be thrilled to hear that the wedge is making a comeback for Spring Summer 2010 which means we can bounce into Summer in style!

With Spring on our doorstep, we'll soon find ourselves baring the legs once more and donning the summer shoes- today we get a heads up on what styles are most popular for the season

AnnMarie O'Connor-Stylist & fashion blogger:

According to her website -

"I've been a style writer for more years than is fashionable to mention. Suffice to say I have worked with the likes of The Irish Examiner, RTE, Dazed and Confused, Elle, Trace, Image, IF, The Dubliner, The Irish Independent, Prudence, and interviewing designers, chasing trends, styling, profiling and lying about my spiralling shoe habit. My mantra-burn the tracksuit honey and learn to walk in a pair of damn heels. Life's too short not to look tall and fabulous. Mwah! Lovin' your work. Xxx"
Annmarie is a freelance fashion writer, blogger and personal stylist. Her credits include The Irish Examiner, Elle, Dazed and Confused, Image, Trace, IF, The Irish Independent, and
Over the past 8 years she has interviewed the likes of Terry de Havilland, Zandra Rhodes and Ben de Lisi, and has gained a cult following with her blog: I Blog Fashion which is being made into a book. She is also the organiser of the monthly Fashion Bloggers' Brunch events in Dublin

Models: Lauren, Julie, Brid

Ranging from relaxed and casual to dressed up and elegant, wedges come in all styles and heel heights.

"What exactly is a Wedge Heel?
On most shoes, the "heel" sits under only the heel of the foot, but a wedge heel runs under the foot, from the back of the shoe to the middle or front.

As you've probably guessed, it has a wedge shape, but not all wedges are high heels. In fact, wedge heels range from low to high, it's the shape and the length of the heel that classify it as a wedge.

Advantages of Wedge Heels:
. These shoes add height, but are easier to walk in than stilettos.
. A wedge heel looks great with nearly any length skirt or dress.
. Wedges will add definition and shape to heavy ankles, making them appear thinner.
. Cons of Wedges:
. Wedge heels are still heels, with all their pitfalls. Don't be fooled into thinking you can run a marathon in them.
. Wedges can look a little clunky, especially when paired with very tight-fitting clothing.
. This style tends to seem a bit on the casual side. While there are dressier styles of wedges, finding a truly elegant one can be a bit difficult.."


Outfit 1:- Brid

Batwing top, €99, Monsoon
Jeans, €70, Monsoon
Ring, €12, Topshop
Bag, €290,
Miu Miu wedges, €280, Brown Thomas

Outfit 2:- Julie

Sunglasses, €10, A|wear
Cardigan, €59, Monsoon
Floral dress, €40, A|wear
Necklace, 28, Monsoon
Belt, €12.95, H&M
Bag, €7, Penneys
Carvela wedges, €150, BT2

Outfit 3: Lauren -

Diane von Furstenburg dress, €358.52, Brown Thomas
Bangle, €5, Penneys
Bag, €34, Monsoon
Denim wedges, €78, Monsoon

. Miu Miu wedges, €280, Brown Thomas
. Carvela wedges, €150, BT2
. Denim wedges, €78, Monsoon