Infinitely more comfortable than a stiletto, but just as glamorous, wedges have to be some of the most underrated shoes out there. But in warm weather, wedges are everyone's best friend.
The subtle height is a great substitute for high heels, while the wider soles make it easier to walk across uneven surfaces such as sand or grass - making them perfect for a day at the beach or a BBQ in the park.
There are so many ways to wear wedges all year round. We've chosen a few of our favourites so you can make the most out of your wedge heels no matter where the year takes you.
How to wear: Wedge sandals
There has never been a bigger choice of wedge sandals on the High Street. Flat wedges, low wedges, high wedges, flatform wedges – you name it, you got it. The biggest advantage of wedge sandals is that you can wear them on the sand without losing your balance. Wear with a bikini and a kaftan by day and a pretty playsuit by night.
+ Ideal for... beach holidays
How to wear: Wedge Trainers
Surprisingly comfortable, wedge heels have gained a lot of street cred in the past couple of years thanks to the popularity of Kanye's Yeezy line and Isabel Marant's sell-out Etoile Beketts. The wedge is a part of the chunky design, and most of these shoes feature a subtle platform which makes it easier to walk in them. Complete the look with boyfriend jeans and a striped tee.
+ Ideal for... shopping and cinema dates
How to wear: Wedge wellies
Yes, even wellies have been given the wedge treatment now. And they are a lot more practical than you might think. Most women find that a little bit of a heel makes it easier to walk through the sticky mud of a festival, and the extra couple of inches will help you to get a better view of your favourite band!
+ Ideal for... festivals
How to wear: Wedge espadrilles
Wedge espadrilles have been in and out of fashion since the 1970s when they adorned the feet of hippies and bohemians. The espadrille style is a design classic and looks great with skater dresses, denim shorts or rolled-up jeans.
+ Ideal for... a casual BBQ
How to wear: Wedge slingbacks
Slingbacks have been making a sneaky comeback lately, with everyone from Prada to Dolce & Gabbana unable to keep up with demand. Elegant and on-trend, they are the perfect wedding shoe. Add a wedge heel and you will be able to survive wet grass, cobble stones, loose gravel and any other unexpected surface. Wear with your Sunday best.
+ Ideal for... a summer wedding
How to wear: Wedge court shoes
Kate Middleton is the queen (or should we say Duchess) of this trend. LK Bennett's nude wedge court shoe is her go-to choice for formal events when she has to stay on her feet for hours at a time. It's no surprise then that the wedge court shoe has become the work shoe of choice for millions of women. Choose a heel height that you are happy with and wear these shoes with anything from midi skirts to jumpsuits.
+ Ideal for... the office
Our Top Tips On Wearing Wedges
- Wedge sandals are perfect for beach holidays and can be worn with a playsuit as an alternative to ghillie heels or flip flops.
- Wear wedge trainers with boyfriend jeans on downtime days to instantly elevate your off-duty outfits.
- If you're heading to a festival, wedge wellies offer all the practicality you need without having to compromise your style game.
- Wedge espadrilles look great paired with a skater dress or denim shorts for multiple summer outfit options.
- Expecting to be standing for hours? Swap your traditional courts for a pair of wedge court shoes and team up with a midi skirts and jumpsuits.