A wedge is a kind of heel that occupies the entire space under the arch and heel portion of the foot. While in most high-heeled shoes, the 'height' is placed only under the heel area of the foot, a wedge heel, on the contrary, runs up to the middle of the foot - thus giving it that distinct triangular shape.
However, one must not confuse wedges with platforms. A platform is the elevated portion under the front portion of the footwear, under the toes. Wedge heels too can have a platform quotient – the two features may or may not appear together. When they do, they're called ‘platform wedges’.
The Balance Factor
Ladies looking for both comfort and height tend to swear by wedges. The main reason is balance. Because of the heel spanning almost the entire foot, a wedge heel, unlike other heels, provides unmatched stability to the wearer.
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Easy Does It: Wedge heels can disguise a heel as thin as a pencil and as thick as a block heel seamlessly into its structure. This is because a wedge when looked at from the side looks triangular, unlike other heels where the thickness of the heel-length is visible. But we suggest that you be cautious of thin base heel area (which is commonplace nowadays) while buying wedge heels, because then they are almost as uncomfortable as regular pencil heels.
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Added, Added Height: While every heel adds to the wearer’s height, a wedge offers something more. How? Well, because most wedges now come with platforms. Most women prefer these rather than a wedge with a flat sole that touches the ground. Thus, the effective height (platform + wedge height) is more, without the added stress of tripping over.
You can choose to wear wedges with pants, a salwar-suit or even a sari, and still be sure to have both style and comfort on your side.
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