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High heels have been in my opinion invented to torture women all over the world and to insure that we are on our way back home after only a couple of hours of dancing. Yes, they are pretty and they make my legs look nice but is the extra height really worth the pain? An almost painless alternative are wedges - they can look just as nice while being a lot more comfortable. The added stability means not looking stupid anymore because I nearly have to tip-toe trying to navigate cobblestone streets, not going home before the night starts properly and not waking up the next morning covered in bruises because I lost my balance.
Wedges are normal the in-thing during summer with the appropriate looks that suits flowery dresses. The New Look Suede Wedge are the perfect pair of wedges as they combine comfort and a less beach-y style. Not only the surface but also the heels are covered in fakes black suede material that looks surprisingly not tacky at all. It is not very shiny and the matt fabric makes them look more expensive than they actually were. With 19 Pounds they are reasonably priced and certainly an all-round pair of shoes - I have worn mine on nights out as well as to the office.
New Look shoes can be very hit and miss, some pairs only lasted a couple of nights out while others have been in frequent use for years. These wedges are definitely in the latter category. The rubber sole is quite thin but anti-slip and does not show many signs of wear even after several months. The fabric is not real suede and I would not bet on its quality. It does look very nice but I understand a bit about fabric, the one used here was certainly chosen for its looks and not durability. As long as you avoid all too crazy nights out or walking around in the mud your shoes should stay nice looking for quite a while. IO found the material easy to clean with a moist paper towel. I did not use any detergent though as they sometimes bleach the colour.
Wedge styles shoes are the only type of high heel that I wear when I know that I will be on my feet a lot. The wedge is quite wide providing a lot of stability through the increased width. With 10cm at the heel and 3cm platforms these shoes are reasonably high, which always adds a nice touch to every outfit. I think that the New Look Suede Wedge can be combined with almost every outfit. They obviously compliment dark dresses very well and look very smart with office wear. I found that my feet slipped out of them quite a lot, especially when wearing tights, unfortunately there is no ankle strap and the material that covers the toes ends very low on the foot.
Comfort wise I am perfectly happy with them. The fabric is quite soft and adjusts well to the foot. They seem to be surprisingly wide so you might struggle wearing them if you have very slim feet. I never had any blisters or any other kind of discomforts so a plus all around. They soon turned into my favourite it-is-dark-outside pair of shoes and I am considering buying a second pair in cream. Definitely a good purchase and highly recommended to anyone that hates normal high heels just as much as I do.
As a student, I attend many balls and events (which I also organise) which require me to be smart and formal. Thus, I have quite a range of high heeled shoes but often find that by the end of the night whether due to the sheer number of hours on my feet or a little too much alcohol, heels can be a painful nuisance.
So, a year and a half ago, I went in search of affordable shoes that would be comfortable, easy to walk in and smart enough to wear to balls and such. Asking a friend, she suggested wedges as a happy alternative to heels and I was on board. But whilst looking for wedges I found that most were very fashion forward or featured cork wedges which, in my opinion, are not all that smart or formal so not what I was looking forward.
Eventually, the morning before a fashion show where I had a long day and night ahead of me working as as an usher, I wandered into New Look in a last attempt to find wedges and found these!
They're a very conservative, plain black, fake suede wedge. The wedge itself is quite high but more than manageable. I have found that the height of the wedge means that I can wear these shoes to almost any kind of formal event- from meeting CEOs to winter balls. They add formality to almost any outfit, giving the long-legged look that heels would usually provide without the discomfort or added effort when walking.
The only issues I had with these heels was that in my rush to find shoes on that particular, I overlooked that the version I bought was the wider footed version so I later had to purchase an insole to ensure that my feet would not simple slip out of the shoe. I owned these shoes for a good year and a half and probably wore them around 30 times. Suede as a fabric is not particularly durable and can only be washed once so I found that during the winter it was particularly difficult to avoid damage.
Having said that, I did wear them until they were falling apart and the suede was quite damaged because they were simply so useful and so comfortable.
An added touch that I appreciated, being an avid heel wearer previously, was the plastic heel like addition on the sole of the shoe which meant I could still walk along hard wood floors and sound like I was wearing heels like all of the other women, whereas I was in fact wearing something far more comfortable!
Definitely a great buy, looking for another pair myself! Extremely durable and comfortable for something so cheap!
These suede wedge shoes have been perfect for the winter season just gone and for the current. I also have the heel version of these but the wedges are much easier to wear. They were from New Look for £14.99 down from £20 but they seem to have gone up though as they are £24.99 online currently.
The style as you can see is a platform wedge with a rounded toe at the front. The shoes are completely suede on the outside which is something I have never worn before but I really like. On the inside the side is shiny black with the back of the heel made of a rough material, presumably for some grip. As for the inside where your foot will sit this is a light brown suede. The bottom of the shoe feels like black rubber with grip at the front and back of the wedge.
Whilst summer sandal wedges go in the day these are far more suited to an evening where you want some height, you want to wear heels but without the pain. I have worn these with dresses with nude tights and they look gorgeous. You can wear them with coloured tights but completely black ones look a little strange with a whole block of black shoe.
Although they look very high it is not a small heel but a wedge that runs under the whole shoe to a platform at the front spreading the height. It is very easy to walk in these for hours but my feet did ache near the end of the night but no way near as bad as wearing heels! The sole provided good grip although the surfaces I have been wearing these on have not been especially slippery. They have never rubbed me either.
One disadvantage to the lovely material is that suede scuffs very easily and white marks appeared. The best way to deal with these is to buy a suede brush and brush it off. A brush for this material has small very hard bristles; I got mine from Wilkinsons for about £1.
I would definitely recommend these as an alternative to heels and it is worth noting that New Look also sell a version with a smaller wedge.