Flying high: 5 styling rules for wedge sneakers
This elegant variation of the traditional sneaker is arguably the most refined way to gain a few centimeters without sacrificing comfort. These 5 easy styling rules will help you steal the show with these cool shoes.
1. Don’t wear them with wide-leg pants!
Skinny jeans, leather leggings, tight Capri pants: anything that shows off your legs gets the green light. With the wrong accessories, wedge sneakers can appear clunky and unfairly transform any woman wearing boyfriend jeans or wide harem pants into a “big foot”. On the other hand, combine your wedge sneakers with leggings and a laid-back long top and you’ve got yourself a super stylish look! The golden rule of thumb is: Your pants must go inside the tops of the sneakers!
2. Keep it short!
Wedge sneakers look best with short skirts, shorts, and hot pants. They’re also the key to making your legs appear longer! And how else can you draw more attention to those long, beautiful legs than by wearing something short? Throw in a cute crop top or tank top and you’ve got the sexy look down to a T.
3. Long skirts and dresses need to have a slit on the side
Just as with wide-leg jeans, maxi dresses and skirts can look odd when combined with wedge sneakers. However, these high-top sneakers can look amazing paired with long dresses or skirts that have one or more slits on the side. Make this look even more seductive by opting for designs with transparent chiffon and pleated fabrics.
4. Avoid bright colors
Since wedge sneakers are statement enough, you should tone down the color in the rest of your outfit. Bright neon and animal prints are taboo, especially when your sneakers are very colorful. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t jazz up wedge sneakers in more subdued colors with a pair of red skinny jeans, for example. A white or black top can lend the look the quiet balance it needs.
5. Opt for simple accessories
Even though you want people to admire more than just your shoes, it’s important you don’t go over the top with your accessories. While colorful scarves, hats or large earrings go perfectly with wedge shoes, bright belts or XXL bracelets are definitely the wrong choice.
The moment designer Isabel Marant introduced the first high-top sneakers with an integrated wedge heel in 2012, they became the next big thing and were sold out seconds flat. Since then, they’ve become a basic part of every trend-setter’s wardrobe and copied a million times.