The only way to balance the proportions of a swing coat, high-waisted flares, or a mini-shift are with wedges and platforms, both are here to stay (for the summer at least). Not only are they chic, add height and make your legs look fabulous, but they are comfortable enough to wear all day and party all night thanks to tougher, wider heels and platform soles. So where should one start? What colours should we be buying and where can we find them? The answer is everywhere, but these are my top five:
Dorothy Perkins: Grey suede round-toes with a wooden wedge – they’re a bargainous £25, and are the perfect way to bring high fashion into a working wardrobe. www.dorothyperkins.co.uk
Terry de Havilland: The king of the wedge, this stunning pair in this season’s white, tower over the others with the big platform sole. Available from www.vivaladiva.com at £150
Christian Louboutin: Even though the distinctive red soles aren’t visible, these still have the same lust-have appeal as the stilletos. In metallic leather with a wooden wedge they couldn’t be more on trend! Available from www.net-a-porter.com at £415
Topshop: These will see you right through to next winter. Wear now with opaque black tights for Ugly Betty cool (she is the latest style icon after all), and with a Stella McCartney shirt dress when the weather’s warm enough. Pick up a pair for £50 at topshop.com
Aldo: Aldo do some of the best wedges on the high street so it’s no surprise that they’ve come up with these – the Mary Jane shape is classic whilst the wooden heel is truly modern.