The title of this post is all things cheesy but at least it’s informative.
Let’s talk shoes. Specific shoes.
There, I said it out loud. I have been hemming and hawing over this trend for awhile now, and my emotions still range from OMG-hideous to full-on shoe lust. So here are my thoughts (warning: the following rambles will not be articulate, meaningful, nor life-changing…its basically just me running my mouth on something frivolous that has no real relevance juxtaposed with today’s societal issues. If you are looking for something with more depth, might I suggest heading right on over to The New York Times? Ok, then).
When I think of wedge sneakers, a giant red alarm goes off in my head, and the words “trucker hat!” appear over and over. This is because when that trend arose awhile back, I remember thinking that I didn’t care which amazing celebrity ran around wearing a trucker hat, I still thought they look awful. It was a trend I just couldn’t get on board with, so I didn’t. And I am realllly glad I didn’t.
I had been having some anxiety about sneaker wedges because I was holding out to see if this was a fast dying trend (like leg warmers, good god), or if some genius had perfected a bad-ass, comfortable, everyday shoe that could transform the jeans/sneaker combo into an effortlessly chic look with a side of punk. I’m starting to lean towards the latter.
My criteria for wedge sneakers:
- Black (show less wear and tear, versatile with jeans/leggings)
- Preference for velcro straps vs. laces (chasing after Wells, don’t always have time to sit down and tie shoes)
- Texture (I was drawn to the pairs that mixed fabrics)
Here is what I came up with: 3 options that fall under Pricey, Cheaper, and Cheapest
Pricey: Ash Leather Wedge Sneaker in Black ($295)
Perfect if money was no object. Unfortunately? Money is an object. Also, while they seem like great quality with use of real leather, they still require that I have to sit down and lace them up to wear them. Not ideal for a mama-on-the-go.
Cheaper: Steve Madden ‘Hilight’ Wedge Sneaker in Black ($149.95)
Great use of contrasting textiles and I like all of the velcro straps. Still seems a tad pricey for a shoe that is not 100% suede. I also have a bit of suede-anxiety because living in the Midwest, shoes (specifically suede ones) get eaten alive by salt covered sidewalks and streets.
Cheapest: Target - Xhilaration’s Kahsha Wedge Sneaker in Black ($34.99)
This is the part where I start to feel like I’m taking crazy pills…because this shoe looks so freaking identical to the Steve Maddens, but they are still about $120 apart on price which just seems insane. *scratches head*
So what did I do?
I bought the Target sneaks. I was very hesitant to do so because of my whole ‘quality over quantity’ manifesto. So while the sneakers are here at my house, they are still in the box. I’m going to swing by Nordstroms to try on the Steve Maddens just to make sure I’m not compromising quality in this purchase.
The good news? Every single one of these shoes has 5-star reviews across the board. People are raving about the look and the comfort which speaks volumes to a mama that is constantly striving for both (while I love everything fashion, I refuse to wear something that would prohibit me from playing around with my son).
So stay tuned, an update is forthcoming.
In the mean time, check out Beyonce rocking her wedge sneaks like it ain’t no thang.
(P.S. Baby Takes Manhattan, this post was inspired by YOU!)
Tried on the Ash and the Steve Maddens today…both very nice, high quality shoes, but I’m not down with all the suede, and all the extra $$$. Target wedge sneaks all the way. ALL. THE. WAY. Couldn’t be happier.