As we approach the halfway mark of the summer season, it’s our guess that you’ve probably come to rely on a solid pair or two of summer sandals for cocktail parties, backyard barbecues, wedding weekends, and more. With time still to spare, there is room for one more sandal style to take into consideration—a comeback style that has stood the test of time: the wedge sandal. Similar to other comeback styles of the summer like the tube top and cargo pant, summer wedges are a classic for a reason and have long been admired by celebrities and street style stars alike. Among all of your thong sandals, clogs, gladiators, and even fisherman sandals, the wedge has versatility to go around. It’s not quite as high as a proper heel and offers a few welcome inches while still staying super comfortable—a more practical option for those of us walking about the city.
Straying ever so slightly from the cork wedge of the early aughts, summer wedges of today span in variety with styles in trendy PVC, suede, and colorful soft leathers. Of course, there are still cork options to be found, like this pair from Stuart Weitzman. Fun texture takes found on these braided sandals by Chloé and raffia woven slides by Clergerie speak for themselves, especially when worn with a more pared-down wardrobe basic like a white tee or slip dress. Choose a summer wedge with a flattering ankle strap to perfectly elongate your legs like these from Coperni and Reformation or a mule for easy slip-on access. Unlike any other sandal in your closet, summer wedges are a timeless wardrobe staple to consider now if you haven’t already. Find out why this summer sandal is the winning shoe of the season with 23 of the best summer wedges, below.
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