The wedge sneaker has been hotly debated by those who feel strongly about heeled sporty footwear. The Daily Beast said they should be banned. Others called it the worst trend of 2012. Yet Nike just came out with several new designs, and Isabel Marant, the brand that kicked off the controversial trend, has sold out $755 gold versions and released new colors. Target, Steve Madden, and even Victoria’s Secret now sell them.
What I can tell you is they’re comfy, and I do enjoy a vertical boost from a pair of sneaks. But there is something disconcerting about a shoe that seems to be meant for shooting hoops being fitted with a heel that mostly precludes such activity. Or perhaps it would give you an advantage? I don’t know. But everyone knows that fashion is full of such contradictions. Plenty of covetable sweaters won’t keep you warm. Many belts out there don’t hold up pants. Overalls escaped the realm of the handiworker ages ago. Many hats don’t do much about keeping your head warm.
So, what say you? Will you embrace the wedge sneaker in 2013? And what do you think of these puppies? Which were, by the way, special to commemorate the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco in October. The turquoise shoelaces are some type of luxurious velour, which made them fun to tie, but they also thoughtfully came with a set of white ones. Alas, they sold out in short order following the marathon (See? Love or hate). But here are the new designs.
Sneakers courtesy of Nike; Jacket, Richard Chai (thx Shadin & get a blog); T-shirt, Marina Layer; Jeans, November (similar here); scarf, scored at the Score Pop-Up Swap; necklace, Shiela B from Mira Mira