Day 5: Oxford Wedges
We already discussed the oxford bootie, so I am going to introduce you to its cousin, the oxford wedge. Trust this to be a long-lasting trend because wedges are more comfortable than other heels, gradually lifting the arch rather than forcing it upward as does a stiletto. I am so sad, I just gave to Goodwill this year a pair of brown and yellow wedges. What was I thinking?
A friend who recently moved to New York asked if I could assist in reinventing her wardrobe which required that it be professional yet made for comfort. She is stomping the city streets of New York and putting excessive amounts of stress onto her feet, (even with her petite size zero 5 foot frame.) I told her the best way to update her wardrobe is with accessories, and because she is walking everywhere, to make sure her shoes were comfortable.
I found a wide variety of colors and prices of oxford wedges that are suited for a professional atmosphere and provide comfort:
The first is a gray peep-toe wedge by Seychelles. Seychelles has a wide range of funky and unique fashion forward shoes. With a four inch wedge heel and one and one -fifth inch platform the shoe helps you put your best foot forward or at least look tall doing so. The Hawk is 100 percent leather with a synthetic lining. Originally $120.00, the Hawk may be purchased at Piperlime for $ 99.99.
I love the inky blue of this Lace-up Wedge by Opening Ceremony. A little more pricey than the Seychelles Hawk, the Opening Ceremony is equally sophisticated but also closed toe. The suede booties come in green, gray and black, and only has three eyelets to lace (timesaver!). The heel is four and one-eighth inches. The Opening Ceremony Lace-Up Wedge may be purchased at Bergdorf Goodman for $ 550.00.
After seeing the Vince Camuto Fantasa military inspired mid calf boot, I am all about some Vince Camuto. The Vince Camuto Miller Lace-up may not appear as chic as the others listed here, but that is exactly what I like about this shoe. It is slightly rugged. It is not the attention seeker but rather the compliment to an outfit. Its brown color and distressed leather make it comfortable and good for pairing with your with jeans. The Miller comes in black suede and chestnut and has a three and one half inch heel. The Miller Lace-up may be purchased for $118.00 from Endless.com.
The Michael Kors Channing is much like the Opening Ceremony, with a slightly higher boot shaft but at a more affordable price. Both the Channing and Opening Ceremony are chic suede numbers that can be dressed up or dressed down. The Channing’s four inch heel is hard to resist. I can imagine wearing this with a Fair Isle knit cardigan, chambray shirt and skinnies while doing weekend Christmas shopping. The Michael Kors Channing comes in black, camel or green and may be purchased at Neiman Marcus for $ 295.00.