My Summer Wedges

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I am primarily a wearer of flats. They’re comfortable, chic, and perfect for my lifestyle. This is not to say, however, that I don’t appreciate a nice pair of heels. I just usually save those for evenings out because, for whatever reason, I equate casual, daytime clothing worn with high-heeled shoes to be a bit Britney Spears-esque.

You know what I mean? Am I the only one? Logically, I know that lots of stylish women wear wedges and/or heels with their daytime running-around-town-possibly-with-the-kids ensembles (like this and this and this), but I just feel so weird. Like I’m trying too hard or something. Or channeling my inner Orange County housewife. (Because you ALWAYS wear heels with your bikinis in the OC, duh!) Soooo….yeah, I guess I have a bit of a silly mental block that needs to be worked out.

I have spent entire summers looking for the perfect, non-fussy, go-with-everything summer wedge that I feel comfortable enough wearing nights AND days, and never have I found The Pair. Until now!

Love these wedges from Madewell. Perfectly neutral color, buttery leather straps, unassuming wooden heel, and absolutely no foo-foo fancy details. I adore them, but most importantly, I’ve already worn them during the day without feeling like I should start singing “Toxic” while walking down the street. Success!



COMMENTS (21)

Comments

  1. Yeeees. I wore a pair of wedges during the day and felt like Kate Gosselin. Those are perfect, though.

  2. I was at the mall the other day, and there was a mom wearing SUPER-high wedges — the Britney Spears kind — and … a belted shorts romper. It was 9 a.m., and I’m like, really, lady? REALLY?

    Those are cute, though, moreso because they strike as pretty sandals and not Mega Wedges.

  3. My heart just did a flip! Those are PERFECT!

  4. I saw those babies and almost pulled the trigger…okay and do you or do you not just love those droopy crotch chambray pants?? I roll the bottoms and wear them a lit-tle droopy with converse or belted and higher up with the wedges. Love.them. Wanna see yours.

    xo,
    C

  5. I almost always wear heels…except when commuting. It’s called short-girl syndrome. Heh.

    (and i’m pretty sure I don’t look like BritBirit)

  6. And now they’re sold out of size 7. Thanks a lot. Just kidding.

  7. I was just drooling over these not 10 minutes ago! I have a too similar pair and wear them so much with shorts since I too am not a fan of the heels + casual trend.

  8. Ooh, very nice. I think the difference between Spears and not-Spears wedges is details and heel height.

    (In fact, I recently wrote about not-teetering wedges over here: http://www.closet-coach.com/2011/06/14/summer-wedge-shoes-9-cute-affordable-and-walkable-options/)

    I need a neutral leather sandal, too. I have a preponderance of black!
    Will have to check out those Madewells …

  9. Nicole Longstreath says:

    I think how and what you wear wedges with makes a difference. Britney will (sadly) always look like Britney, but anyone can wear wedges and look cute and/or classy.

    I found a pair of t-strap wedges at the Goodwill late last week and can’t stop wearing them:

    http://www.smartmouthblog.com/2011/06/20/the-thrifted-wardrobe-12/

  10. This is funny. I was just talking with my husband last night about how OC moms look entirely different than most of the moms in my neck of the woods (and I’m not in the middle of nowhere- just 20 miles from Pasadena!). Not in a bad way, just different!

    In a way where, I almost want (and need) to channel my “inner OC housewife” by wearing a little height during the day… even though I’m not *in the OC :).

    I just bought these which are really kinda plain, but a perfect way to add a little height without looking like Brittany.

  11. Just looking through a magazine and saw that I totally jacked up “Britney’s” name… (the “ocd” in me needed to come correct =).

  12. those are so cute! i always feel like my feet walk separately of the wedges when i wear them…hence my love of flats. but these are so pretty.

  13. Kathleen @ Sugar and Spice says:

    Wait Just One Minute Missy. I thought you were suppose to wear Ugg boots when sporting a bikini. Preferably a black string one. Where have I been?

  14. I love a good, simple wedge for summer. Not too high, so I don’t trip all over the place. Your Madewell pair look fabu.

    But I’m surprised your love of all J Crew did not lead you to pick their Marguerite style? I’ve been eyeing those puppies for myself!

  15. I wish I had seen this a half hour ago! I just bought some wedges as I’m in need of cute summer footwear.

  16. I like those. Interestingly, wedges are about the only heels I can wear and not feel exactly as you said “trying too hard”. Oh, maybe boots would be another exception–worn under pants.

  17. Seriously…too, too funny. You make my cheeks hurt.

    xx

  18. I got over my “ohmygodIlooklikearetiredstripper” reaction to wedges with shorts by wearing Tom’s wedges. They’re kind of lowish, classic. Red ones look cute with khaki shorts and a navy-and-white striped long sleeved, boat-necked top.

  19. Just ordered these online. I’m a total copycat, but I couldn’t resist. Hope they fit!

  20. I think that you have to wear the right style heel with an outfit that complements both the shoe and one’s figure. If you choose to wear heels, make sure they are simply and elegantly designed (though this does not have to mean expensive–I buy most of mine at DSW and lulus.com), and buy shoes that are more often than not black, brown, or neutral. This does not, by any means, imply that your shoes will be boring. You can have amazing and intriguing and beautiful shoes–as long as you know what to look for.

    Pair your heels and wedges with clothes that are classic (not trendy) and very simple. This, too, doesn’t mean boring. It just means elegant. I think the problem with the photos of Brit above is that her shoes and clothes are too “busy” and not necessarily flattering.

    Are you familiar with the Sartorialist blog? An inspiring place, if you want to see how to go through your day in heels (among other things). You will see many examples of fantastic shoes and how to wear them without feeling OC.

    http://thesartorialist.blogspot.com/2011_04_01_archive.html

    Although Sarah’s new heels would be too low for me, I do think she is completely on the right track in terms of wearing a shoe that is lovely, interesting, and classic.

  21. sadly, my aversion to wedges is that I feel like I look like Miss Piggy.
    and not in the kickass way that she does.
    http://makingmarthaproud.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/miss-piggy-karate.jpg