Fear not the chunky, early 2000s connotations of this reemerging ol' trooper. The wedge heel has never really been associated with the sexy allure of stilettos or the kitten heel's coquettish charm, but it has zero problem with that: It's 2018, it's back, and it's proudly a shoe of its own. Here, check out three fresh, cool ways it's strode into the scene! While we're at it, indulge us and use your imagination for the following (because daydreaming is totally a sport):
Scenario #1: Think of a lazy, sunny Parisian summer. You're clad in flimsy, floral cotton, a pair of braid-soled espadrilles ribboned around your ankles, floating down the city's infamous cobblestones...or further south, on the shores of Marseille. Break off a piece of the baguette tucked under your arm and savor a bite. Pure joie de vivre.
Scenario #2: You're the life of the party—sparkly, kitschy, tons of fun. You are, however, also sensible. Everyone's dancing like mad way into the wee hours of the morning, but you? You're foxtrotting 'til the sunrise, when all the other girls have slipped their stilettos off and given up lest they break their backs. Smart, stylish cookie.
Sandals, P2995, ZARA, Greenbelt 5
Scenario #3: There's not a soul in your circle that hasn't fawned over your signature understated #aesthetic: a sleek, clean, minimalist queen. Today's the day you switch things up a bit, nonchalantly trading your fave block heels and pristine white sneakers for a tasteful suede wedge the height of half a finger. Cue a slew of copycats.