Every now and again, a clearly ridiculous trend starts on the runways, manages to beat all form of reason, and is embraced by the mainstream. Recently, these trends have comprised footwear because, for very obvious reasons, most women are more willing to experiment and play around with their accessories than the actual clothes. Plus, there are like a gazillion things you can do with a handbag, whereas a pair of jeans gives you a shorter leash. The pre-eminent example of the sort of ridiculous trends of which I speak is the open-toed boot. I mean, it really is very clear that it is a hideous look, and yet, as of last winter, it became ever-present on the high street. I really don’t know what to make of it, but that’s not why we’re here today. Perhaps I’ll vent my frustration on the matter some other time.
Now, we’re here because of the new trend made famous by French designer Isabel Marant; Wedge Sneakers, or trainers if you will. This trend is currently at the point where it’s not quite mainstream yet, but is pretty close to hitting. As wedge sneakers crest this very crucial wave, I have a duty to you, my fabulous reader and fashion lovers, to get you in the know.
So, the wedge high-top sneakers….
Well, I LOVE wedges (who doesn’t?) and I’m absolutely crazy about high-tops. So a combination of this two is like spreading chocolate on water crackers for me, resulting in an experience so amazing it just increases the awesomeness of the individually beloved ingredients. DIVINE. But, of course, there are those who disagree and refuse to buy into this trend.
While I’m compelled to make you share my enthusiasm, I have a job to do as a professional, and that job is to make you make the right choices before jumping on a trend. So, when a new trend arises, there are three basic questions you need to ask yourself before diving in and investing all your money in it.
1. How does this make me look/feel
You want to invest in trends that make you feel as good as you look. I’ve said before that your confidence is your best accessory. There is no way you can look good in something you don’t feel confident wearing.
2. How long do I see myself wearing this?
Yes, I know it’s fun to splurge on clothes and accessories that are trending, but you have to think about longevity. How long do you see yourself in that trend? What if the shoes aren’t “in vogue” any longer? Would you still wear them then? You don’t want to spend a ton of money on something that won’t last.
3. Would I still want this if I saw someone I didn’t like wearing it?
You may not think so, but your perception of people and the outfits they wear actually have a strong influence on what you yourself buy. Think about it. If a lady you thought had a style sense deficiency walked past you in a pair of wedge sneakers would you still love them and think they were all that and a bag of chips?
If you answered most of these questions in the negative, then maybe this trend isn’t for you. But that’s nothing to feel down about. You can keep rocking your thigh-tops and wedges for as long as you like. Some might be happy they don’t have to multitask their feet.
However, if you can answer two of these questions positively then we’re ready to move on.
Wearing Wedge Sneakers
Here are some ways you can incorporate your new wedge sneakers into your wardrobe.
When rocking wedge trainers, you can’t go wrong with a nice pair of slim jeans. A slim silhouette balances the chunky trainers while making your legs look longer. Take a cue from the collection I put together.
Ad some layers on top to keep your feet and legs from looking bottom heavy. Chunky knit jumpers, scarves, and jackets, matched with a pair of skinny jeans will balance the wedge trainers perfectly.
The suns shining, and you’ré feeling a bit adventurous so why not choose for a pair of hotpants, a short fitting dress, or a cute romper if you’re really in the mood for a fun look. Short hems accentuate your leg length and break up an outfit perfectly.
Dress It Up
Pair your wedge high-tops with a simple LBD to go from casual to night-time glamorous instantly!
The real beauty of wedge trainers that they can be worn with practically anything. You can style them up with the a pair of fitted joggers, or simply pair them with a sexy leather skirt, or a pair of leggings and a plain grey tee. And of course, they’re perfect for the sports luxe trend as well, so you can jump in on that.
Written by Coco Anetor-Sokei
Photo credits: Makeup to make out