Is it possible to walk in a shoe that appears to lack heel support? Looks are deceiving with the heel-less shoe (also known as the anti-gravity wedge). The Heel Less Wedge trend has become well-known to the public through celebrity fashion extremist Lady Gaga who was first seen rocking a pair of Giuseppe Zanotti heels.
While this shoe trend has a futuristic look to it, the trend actually originated almost over 80 years ago. It was first introduced by French designer Andre Perugia in 1937. Using clientele such as Queen Elizabeth of England, he was able to introduce his work to the states in 1933 with his brand Padova, which was sold exclusively for Saks Fifth Avenue. He also had the opportunity to work with Coco Chanel and Christian Louboutin during his career. Perugia had an excellent sense of shoe craftsmanship and a love for creating heels of new heights. After mastering the craftsmanship of high quality 6 to 7 inch stilettos, Perugia introduced a heel less wedge shoe in 1937 while living in the states. The coral colored shoe resembled a pointed shoe and the curved wooden platform attached to the bottom helped provide stability for the wearer.
A Modern Day Look At The Heel-less Wedge
Giuseppe Zanotti and Alexander McQueen reintroduced the heel-less wedge trend – with other brands following suit. Celebrities are making these statement shoes part of their CHIC wardrobe! Angela Simmons hit the Red Carpet in a jeweled peep-toe Mary Jane style wedge.
Kelly Rowland opted for the tribal printed Heel Less Wedge style with a simple coral skirt and white top; which allowed the shoes to become the center focus of the outfit.
While a pair of Giuseppe Zanotti heel-less wedges can run upwards of $850, this trend is now available to the mass market at lower priced retailers. A variety of styles are also now available, so luckily your wardrobe does not have to rival Lady Gaga to test this trend. At first glance these shoes may look rather difficult to walk in; but they actually aren’t too much more difficult than a regular pair of wedges. The high platform on the bottom allows you to balance in the shoes and also helps add height without sacrificing comfort. Only one suggestion when trying these shoes: don’t lean back! If you are looking to test this trend here’s the breakdown of current styles available:
Jeffery Campbell recently introduced his own rendition of the trend, including these all black booties embellished with spikes.
Peep Toe Booties
Another design from Jeffery Campbell is the ‘Tick’ peep toe booties.
If you do choose to rock a pair of these killer (no pun intended) shoes, I would recommend keeping the rest of your outfit simple. This allows the shoe to become the focal point of the outfit and keeps you from looking overdone. Try a pair in a bright color, funky print or one that is embellished with studs, sequins, or spikes. Heel less wedges are probably best reserved for night, as they can be somewhat difficult to walk on uneven surfaces or wear for a full day. Some easy options to pair with some heel less wedges include a tighter skirt with a loose cut top, a graphic print dress, or skinny jeans.
You won’t turn into Beyoncé or Lady Gaga but these unique shoes will surely get you a few looks of style envy as you somehow seem to defy the laws of gravity.
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