High heels have been and continue to be an enduringly popular type of shoe for decades, if not centuries. Many people appreciate the extra height that high heels give them. They feel more powerful or get a confidence boost, thanks to the increased height that comes with a few extra inches. Others feel more professional or fashionable when wearing a pair of high-heeled shoes. However, while some people like the extra height and look of high heels, they may not feel comfortable in the shoes themselves. It’s easy to feel unsteady or wobbly on your feet in heels that are too tall or have a thin heel. That’s where wedge heels come in handy. Wedges serve as both the sole and the heel of the shoe, rather than the heel being separate from the sole. Since they’re thicker and have a larger surface area, they offer a more even and stable feel as you walk. Many people might find this preferable to walk in and more comfortable than many standard heels. You’re less likely to slip or trip in wedges for this reason. As an additional bonus, wedges are quite versatile, available in many types and styles, which means that there is a wedge that fits formal, casual, and professional wear alike. Here are some we recommend.
What to Consider in Wedge Heels
Look into these features before making a purchase:
- Style: Contrary to what many people might think, wedges, like most high heels, come in quite a few styles. You can buy standard wedges, low wedges, t-strapped wedges, ankle-strapped wedges, platform wedges, open-toe wedge, wedge-heeled boots, and more. Consider if you want a wedge that is more open and sandal-like, a classic pump, or closed and warm like a boot. Also consider if you want extra decorative features like bows or ribbons and if you want wedges that slide-on, zip-up, or buckle close.
- Height: Like other heels, wedges can vary a bit in height. On average, most wedges will be around 2 or 3 inches in height. You are not limited to this heel height in your wedges, though. If you’re new to wearing heels, you may want to look for low wedges. If you feel comfortable wearing higher heels or want extra height, look for wedges 4 inches or above.
- Color: Consider the occasions you want to wear your wedges for and select their color accordingly. If you plan to wear your wedges for everyday wear, office wear, or with a wide variety of outfits, a neutral shade like black, beige, white, or gray is an optimal choice. If you want to wear them to special events like weddings or parties, something with a bit more color like blue or pink might suit. If you want to use them to spruce up a neutral-colored or simple outfit, you may prefer bright hues of red, yellow, or orange.
Best Pumps: Jessica Simpson Women’s Wedge Pump
This pair of pumps will never go out of style or look amiss with a whole range of outfits and styles. If you want the classic style of pumps with the steadiness of a wedge heel, these synthetic wedge pumps have got you covered. They’re suitable for all seasons with a sleek look and rounded toe. The heel is just about 3 inches tall and has a synthetic sole that will help with traction. The midsole is made of memory foam to give you maximum cushioned support, providing comfort even if you’re on your feet all day. You have the choice between eight matte neutral shades or two animal prints. No matter which color or pattern you select, the wedge heel is color-coordinated to match the rest of the shoe. Sizes start at 5 and run up to 11, which includes half sizes.
Jessica Simpson Women's Cash Wedge Pump, Almond, 8 M US
A classic pair of wedge pumps with rounded toes coming in matte neutral colors.
Best Ankle Boots: DREAM PAIRS Women’s Wedge Ankle Boots
Ankle boots provide warmth, protection, and style all in one shoe, and this pair with its wedge heel and rounded toe also gives you almost 3 extra inches of height without the wobbliness of thinner heels. These heels zipper close along the side, which helps you slide the boots on and off that much easier, aided and abetted by the wide 11-inch opening. The sole is synthetic, the outside rubber TPR for good traction while the padded faux lining and cushioned insole provide comfort and cushioning. The boot’s upper section is made of soft suede for an increased sleek, stylish appearance. Sizes run from 5 to 12, including half sizes, and you have the choice of 21 solid, neutral, subtle colors from which to choose.
DREAM PAIRS Women's Low Wedge Heel Ankle Booties, Double/Black/Suede, 9 B(M) US
Sleek, stylish suede ankle boots with zipper closure and sturdy wedge heels.
Best Sandals: Clarks Women’s Annadel Wedge Sandal
Everyone wants a good pair of sandals for warmer weather. If you want the open-footed comfort of sandals with the extra height of heels, consider these wedge-heeled sandals. These are available in sizes 5 to 12, including half sizes. The sandals are made of leather, with a cork-wrapped wedge and rubber sole for traction. The hook and loop ankle strap Velcros open and closed for easy slide on and removal plus a more secure fit that adjusts to best fit your feet. The platform is about an inch high. The smooth textile lining and cushiony OrthoLite footbed provide softness and comfort, preventing aching or other foot pain. The outsole is nice and lightweight, made of buoyant EVA and TPR. They’re available in nine elegant hues for a splash of color that won’t overwhelm the eye.
Clarks womens Annadel Ivory Wedge Sandal, Sand Nubuck, 8.5 US
A pair of wedge-heeled sandals that can be dressed up or dressed down to fit your look.
Best Low Heel: DREAM PAIRS Women’s Wedge Heel
As lovely and chic as high-heeled shoes may look, not everyone wants the 3 or more extra inches of height that they tend to provide. Maybe you feel as if you’re tall enough already, or you’re aiming for a more understated look for which regular high heels might be too obvious or showy. Or perhaps you want a little extra height boost but aren’t comfortable or used to tall heels and want to ease into wearing them. Or maybe you simply don’t like the look of 3-inch or higher heels. If any of these scenarios sound applicable to you, these wedge heels offer a lower-heeled look that is still elegant and stylish. The heel is about 1 3/4 inches in height, so you get a slight boost but not an overwhelming one. You have the choice of 11 colors, ranging from neutral to nude to bright, including two glittery options if you’re a fan of glitz and shine. The slight wedge heel is colored to match whichever shade you pick. The TPR rubber soles give you traction for some added stability, while the insole is slightly padded to give you some cushioning. Sizes run from 5 to 11, including half sizes in 5 through 9. These wedges do run slightly narrow, so if you have wide feet, it’s recommended you order half a size up from your usual.
DREAM PAIRS Women's Debbie Black Pu Mid Wedge Heel Pump Shoes Size 8.5 M US
A low-heeled pair of wedges for anyone who wants a more understated but still stylish look.