Cork wedge shoes are a versatile style that flatter almost any age or body type and can be dressed up or down to fit any occasion. This unique style originated in the 1940s in the United States. During World War II, despite low fashion resources, women still wanted to wear high heels so they made shoes out of cheap materials such as straw, wood and cork.
Illusions with Wedges
Use cork wedges to make yourself appear taller and slimmer. The shape of a wedge heels adds height and the illusion of a longer, slimmer leg. To enhance this illusion, wear straight-legged trousers whose hem falls below the top of the shoe. This creates a longer look for the leg which will result in a slimmer, more streamlined look.
Formal and Casual Options
Dress up or dress down your cork wedges. Fabric or canvas uppers are common, and can be worn with jeans and a T-shirt or a dress in a semi-formal setting. Other materials, such as metallic fabric, suede, leather or patent leather, can be dressed up and worn with evening gowns or business suits.
Experiment with retro styles. Cork wedge shoes were popular in the 1940s, especially when worn with a classic A-line skirt or dress. A cherry-printed fabric upper on a cork wedge heel is a classic vintage style which doesn't require many extra accessories to evoke the glamour of the mid-20th century. Add red lips and a sleek hairstyle to complete the look.
Take your wedges to the seaside. The cork wedge heel is an ideal accessory for the beach. The natural look of the cork fits well with easy, relaxed beach fashions and moods. Add a simple wrap skirt, a hat and some large chunky jewellery to transform your swimsuit look from beach to cafe
Cork Wedges for All Ages
Find age-appropriate styles. Cork wedges are popular with older women for their comfort and adaptability to many styles. For a more mature look, experiment with colours and textures, such as metallics and pastels, which are unexpected yet complementary with the look of cork. As of 2010, printed cork wedges have become youthful; shoes with designs printed on the wedge soles are available for a younger audience. The upper part of the shoe can also be as demure or funky as you want. With designs including a full maryjane style upper in black patent leather or furry leopard print available, as well as more classic streamlined looks such as earth-toned canvas or minimal strappy sandal or thong uppers, wedges can be very versatile.
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