Cute Summer Wedges That’ll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

Lindsey Lanquist
Cute Summer Wedges That’ll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season
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Summer heels get a lot of love from the zeitgeist, but we must never overlook their endlessly comfier little sister: summer wedges. Summer wedges bridge the gap between sensible footwear and edgy appeal. They offer inches without demanding discomfort in return. They add much-needed weight to our lightest, breeziest sundresses and tee-and-jeans combos. They elevate our go-to barbecue ensembles, without threatening to leave us plummeting to the ground the moment our heel slips into the muddy grass. Summer wedges are the sartorial glue that holds our summer wardrobes together. And we should, really, celebrate them every chance we get.

My first run-in with wedges was in middle school. I’d long loved the look of heels, but my knobby knees and wobbly ankles left me ill-fit for anything that lifted me more than an inch off the ground. Until I met summer wedges, that is. As I slipped my toes into the leather straps and felt my feet ground into the cork-filled soles, I grew excited. I stood a few inches taller—and none the wobblier. I’d found my genre of statement shoes, and I planned to stick with it.

Over time, summer wedges drifted out of the zeitgeist—and somewhat recently, they’ve drifted back in. They’re abundantly on offer in many of your go-to retailers (at least, they’re abundantly on offer in many of our go-to retailers, here at StyleCaster), and they’re available in a vast array of styles and silhouettes. 2019’s newfound obsession with the early aughts has some particularly chunky styles lining store shelves—with some wedges skewing more platform than anything else. Others offer classic cork and espadrille iterations. Whereas some have veered into an almost-futuristic take on the shoe—one lined with lucite and crafted into squiggly shapes.

My point is a simple one: Summer wedges are one of the most comfortable trends around, and they’re available in such variety you’re sure to find one (or a few) fit for your aesthetic. Celebrate them in all their sensible glory. And rest assured knowing a few extra inches of height is no longer mutually exclusive with the sanity of your feet.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

These wedges are out of this world. (Had to.)

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

Sure to add inches without forcing you to sacrifice comfort.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

Oh-so aughtsy—which means, oh-so on-trend.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

For the wedge lover who also appreciates a heel.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

Basically sculptures rendered in shoe form.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

Strappy, retro delights.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

Last year’s obsession with clear footwear is still, clearly, trickling into the zeitgeist.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

Olive is a seriously underrated summer shade, but it’s sure to fit seamlessly into any palette.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

The classic cork wedge—loaded up with straps.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

Because two kinds of pink are better than one.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

Summer’s shell obsession is no longer exclusively reserved for jewelry.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

A classic wedge, rendered with a full-on platform sole.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

It doesn’t have to be solid to be a wedge.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

Sure to add some chunky edge to even your lightest of summer ensembles.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

Lace-up espadrilles are back, baby.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

Because 2019’s snake print obsesison is far from over.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

Everything you love about cork wedges—combined with the stable traction of a rubber sole.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

Wedges for the shopper who prefers flats to sandals.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

All-neon-everything is summer’s favorite palette, after all.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

Wedges in perhaps their most classic iteration.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

The 2000s called—they want you to thoroughly enjoy these baby pink beauties.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

Because it doesn’t have to be chunky to be a wedge.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

More snake print—because it’s basically a neutral now, right?

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

Proof a little statement-making sole detail can go a seriously long way.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

So sturdy you could probably walk through the mud in them.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

The cherry on top of any low-key tee-and-jeans combo—or really, anything else you’re wearing this summer.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

Because six shades of metallic are more fun than one.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

A textured go-to sure to seamlessly fit into any wardrobe.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

 

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

Zebra is a chronically underrated animal print—and these wedges just want to rectify that.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

All the sleek appeal of wooden heels—all the traction of rubber soles.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

Because three textures are more fun than one.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

Match your shoes to your straw bag.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

Snake print, studs and straw—oh my.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

Rainbow shoes even the fan of all-black-everything can surely admire.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

For the shopper who simply can’t choose which neutral they like best.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

Your favorite aughts-y slip-on heel, rendered in wedge form.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

I mean, they’re covered in glitter—need I really say more?

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

A veritable pastel rainbow dream.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

Bedazzled wedges that come with a built-in toe ring? Yes, yes and more yes.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

For the lover of neutrals who still craves a pop of color.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

Cute enough to sport on your next night out. (Comfy enough that you won’t be dreading your choose of footwear after three hours on the dance floor.)

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

Hot pink is always a good idea.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

A surprisingly subtle take on a decidedly bold trend.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

For the shopper who loves a classic cork wedge—but not quite as much as they love an espadrille.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

Just don’t lean too far backward on your heels.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

Because of course your shoes want in on the embroidery trend.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

I’m not guaranteeing that the foam sole will meld to fit your foot perfectly—I’m just saying it might.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

Because it doesn’t have to be colorful to make a statement.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

Is it just me, or are all the lines on these wedges seriously mesmerizing?

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

I mea, nothing says summer like bright pink gingham, am I right?

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

The perfect on-trend addition to your next night out.

STYLECASTER | Cute Summer Wedges That'll Get You Through Every Party, BBQ and Night Out This Season

Rainbow metallic anything gets an emphatic yes from me.

 

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