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I’m in a committed relationship with comfort. I like cozy dresses that I can take to lunch, fuzzy sweaters- blankets to go, I call them- and if I have to wear shoes to be a real live lady, I choose wedges. I think I can accredit the Spice Girls’ near and dear proximity to my Tiger Beat youth with my initial love, but with age comes wisdom and giving credit where credit is due – less Baby Spice and more Salvatore Ferragamo.
Salvatore Ferragamo found notoriety with his commissioned designs for the film industry elite during the 1920s. However known as the “Shoemaker to the Stars”, his shoes weren’t known for their comfort. Ferragamo took that initiative and applied it to his studies in anatomy, mathematics, and chemical engineering, leading to innovation that skyrocketed his design popularity and allowed him to expand his production of shoes.
When World War II and the accompanying rationing of materials occurred, Ferragamo responded once again with innovation that would earn him a mark in the history of fashion by experimentation in nontraditional shoemaking that is still commonplace in modern fashion today- with cork, straw, and wood came the wedge platform to stand the test of time.
There just isn’t topping a wedge in terms of getting that oomph of height without sacrificing sturdiness and comfort. Some heels make me feel fancy when I’m standing still but very baby deer on ice in progress, but wedge platforms don’t let me down, not in terms of comfort, wearability, or a style to suit any formal, casual or in between occasion.