Another Perfect Summer Wedge: Michael Kors Carina

I think that it is rather safe to state that it is common knowledge Michael Kors makes great shoes for a great price. I long have been a fan- far before his name took the fashion world by storm and the idea of casual American sportswear was something that was not a common staple in ones closet. The pieces look great, feel great and last a long time. At $138 for a simple pair of shoes, I think it is a stellar deal.

I blame much of my wedge obsession for Michael as he has found ways to reinvent and redesign the style in ways that consistently catch my eye. Thus, it was only natural that when I stopped by a MK boutique a couple weeks ago, I fell in love with his latest wedge design.

Michael Kors Carina Wedge

The Carina wedge sandal has that “of the moment” look to it; the whole I’m-a-sandal-that-is-inspired-by-a-mule-but-I’m-actually-just-a-wedge-but-I-look-so-perfect-you-can-take-me-anywhere type thing goin’ on. So, I tried them on knowing they’d soon be mine and went for it.

This is a COMFY shoe. More comfortable than many of my wedges to be honest. The platform is just thick enough and with the heel I hardly noticed that I was a couple inches taller. The shoe is light, the suede perfectly soft and neutral, the sole is thick yet very light and the hardware pulls the entire aesthetic of the shoe together and keeps it current.

I wore these shoes recently on a road trip and yesterday at the airport and once again, my choice of shoe passed the test. I was able to take a steep flight of stairs into my plane without a hitch, walked a terminal coffee and bags in hand and didn’t beep walking through the metal detector. This shoe won the airport game. This shoe is winning the Summer game.

What do you think? Do you have a go-to designer or store that is just a no-brainer place to shop at? I think I have a list myself.

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Wooden Wedges

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Wooden wedges are absolutely everywhere this season, I think it is almost safe to say that the material is the new cork in some aspects. It is such a great material in that each pair is unique due to the grain of the wood (if you are dishing out the $ for real wood of course!) I have a pair with a wedge similar to what these Jimmy Choos are hosting. I especially love how the tri-tone, long sleek lines are at an angle so the shoe itself doesn’t look too bulky, which can easily happen with a heavier shoe like a wedge. So what do you think, are wooden shoes here to stay?

Fendi Glitter Wedge

Fendi glitter wedge

Well it is safe to say that Stuart Weitzman isn’t the only one producing over-the-top wedges for the Spring and Summer. The proud Roman design house Fendi, known for their rather loud shoe designs has also come up with a “glitter” wedge for this season. Completely different from Weitzman’s invisible PVC and glitter design, Fendi has taken a more in your face approach. The silver wedge with a slight cut out is great and full of amazing texture while the patent blue straps are seemingly a bit more easy to work with. Between the mixed metal colours, shot of pastel and varying textures, this certainly is not a throw on and go type shoe; but rather a carefully thought out piece of footwear that needs as much attention to styling as the designer put into creating it.

What do you think? Is it too much or are you a firm believer that in the shoe world, more is, well, more?

Five Affordable Wedges for Spring

Like I’ve told you many times before, I love a good pair of heels. But, sometimes I want that added height with a bit of extra cushion and comfort. Wedges are such a great piece for the Spring and Summer. They’re hugely versatile, comfortable and make your stems go on for days if you have the right care.

I know that my personal collection of wedges has grown to be slightly outrageous. It all started with a brown pair from BCBG with an elastic strap and woven heel. Between the comfort my feet experienced and the glory I felt of being a good 5 inches taller than normal in a completely casual manner, I was hooked. From there my collection grew and grew to include all sorts- from champagne gold pairs, mirrored leather Jimmy Choos, to even the Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon wedges made popular by the Duchess of Cambridge (who are we kidding, Princess Kate and I really are twinsies).

Anyway, I understand that not all of us has a spare grand to just throw away on a pair of wedges- or a pair of anything for that matter. Actually let me rephrase: most of us don’t have a spare grand to just throw away on anything, nevermind shoes. Shoe shopping gets expensive, but lets not forget about all the trendy alternative places that we can check out to get the same look in a more wallet-friendly manner.

So, on that note, may I share with you, five wedges for Spring that won’t cost your soul.

Michael Kors denim and leather wedge

This denim and leather wedge by Michael Michael Kors is a pretty great spot to start for versatility. Imagine how killer these would be with your favourite sundress or a chambray romper for a denim on denim look.

Clear Stuart Weitzman Wedges

I love the idea of an invisible sandal with a glitter wedge. It must look like walking on magic when wearing these wedges by Stuart Weitzman.

Tory Burch Color Block WedgeI really like the mix of wood and colour in these colour block mules wedges by Tory Burch. I’ve seen them also available in a neutral leather as well but hey, the sun is shining, now is the time to wear white. Right?

Top Shop Wedge

This is probably one of the more casual pairs I picked out, but hey, a brown wedge goes a long long way. Also, the pitch on this pair isn’t too bad so we know that they’ll be extra comfy to run around in.

Zara Sandal Wedge

Sometimes a good pair of slide ons is all we really need. I like how simple this pair is by Zara, between the black leather and cork wedge they are bound to go with the majority of outfits. Plus, the wedge/flatform hybrid is just so comfy, you don’t need to worry about achey feet after a long day of patio hopping and shopping.