January 9th, 2014
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Wedge Fatigued?

Isabel Marant wedge bootie

Last August I ran a post on the above booties, I was sure they would show up on the feet of the chicest women this F/W. So cool, so Helmut Lang 2003. But when I went to remove sold out sale items from the KiC shop yesterday, I was stunned to see them still in stock.

Is the wedge on the wane? Are we on the downside of this fashion curve? The wedge heel has certainly had more staying power than I would have guessed, we’re talking 11 years of (almost) steady popularity.

Has the wedge had it’s moment, or is it just these boots?


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  • I always associate the wedge heel as a trendy thing, but I also noted the longevity of this go round and started to see it as permanent option. I think it still is, but obviously not in all interpretations. My opinion is based upon young women mostly, who seem to like the alternative to a traditional heel. I think in our dressed down culture it will remain a staple, classic look, but not necessarily high fashion. Tory Burch offers the version I see as having staying power. Personally, I still hesitate and see it as too faddish and not worth the investment.

    AprilJanuary 9th, 2014  9:31 AM

  • I don’t think that boot didn’t sell because of the wedge heel – there’s something a bit “off” about it to my eye, and always has been.

    KathyJanuary 9th, 2014  9:51 AM

  • Do you buy what you put in your store? I bought these. They are uncomfortable and hard to find the right pants to wear with it. Wedges are here to stay, this one just isn’t very practical when you take into account price + uncomfortable + hard to wear.

    anonymousJanuary 9th, 2014  10:16 AM

  • As long as there are uneven sidewalks with treacherous dips, cracks, and holes, the wedge will remain a staple in this fashionista’s closet… I choose heels over flats almost every day, but can’t afford to twist an ankle or scrape the heels of my expensive shoes as I make my way from the parking garage to the office, at a cocktail party on a lawn, or out on the town in the evening… Long live the wedge!

    JaciJanuary 9th, 2014  10:20 AM

  • I agree with Kathy – these boots in particular have never attracted me. There is something off about them – I think, to me personally, they have an orthopedic look, which has nothing to do with the wedge and everything to do with the overall design.

    bisbeeJanuary 9th, 2014  10:29 AM

  • I don’t think the wedge is leaving, Many designers are doing interesting versions for spring, including Celine and Aquazzura.
    I think it was several things. These look cool off but weren’t always flattering on. They closely resemble wedge sneakers which quickly disappeared this season. Also, it may be some Marant fatigue. A lot of her items were on sale this season, instead of selling out quickly as they have in the past. Maybe it was the H & M collaboration?

    EBJanuary 9th, 2014  10:42 AM

  • I agree with the (almost) consensus that wedges are here to stay, but this iteration are not. What’s off to my eye is that there’s too much going on: high, wedge, pointy toe, calf hair, over the ankle AND strapped. In KiC world it’s not okay to have that much action in one piece that doesn’t play well with the rest.

    SueMJanuary 9th, 2014  11:41 AM

  • Nope. It’s just these boots.

    ilcJanuary 9th, 2014  11:51 AM

  • I was shocked in August when I read your post about liking these! I thought I must be missing something or that Isabel had finally brainwashed you into thinking she can do no wrong! Mostly, they didn’t have an ounce of practicality, which is something I love about KIC and most of your selections. I appreciate the update though,, and am glad to see that I am not alone in not embracing this shoe.

    KellyJanuary 9th, 2014  12:24 PM

  • I worked closely with Helmut Lang and was in love with his buckled wedge boot when it came down the runway March 6th, 2003. So, why wouldn’t I like the IM version?

    PrestonJanuary 9th, 2014  12:43 PM

  • Wedge is here to stay…I have a pair of Jil Sander wedge boots I love, but have more style. These were overpriced to begin with! Honestly…after IM took many items I paid full price for and made a “less expensive” version of the SAME items I have become LESS of a fan. I LOVE collaborations, but please don’t copy your previous items that the rest of us paid top dollar to own. Isn’t that the beauty of not seeing yourself coming and going? Many beautiful wedge shoes/boots, but these aren’t them! Not surprised they are on sale.

    Mary BJanuary 9th, 2014  12:43 PM

  • too high, too pointy, too much overall so they read a bit victim-y.

    allison wJanuary 9th, 2014  12:49 PM

  • Love wedges but just not so high! These were very uncomfortable which defeats the purpose of a wedge.

    MMSJanuary 9th, 2014  1:24 PM

  • On the wane, I think. They look a bit too much like the Isabel Marant hidden wedge boot – which I loathe.

    That's Not My AgeJanuary 9th, 2014  2:36 PM

  • Maybe the price has something to do with it? The original price outside of sale were really high. I have bought the tall IM Shelia boots and these boots on sale, I need to try them on to see how they fit.

    ameeJanuary 9th, 2014  3:05 PM

  • I adore a wedge sandal, but wedge boots? I’ll pass. I’m also passing on any wedge sneaker. Closed-toe wedge looks very fifteen-year-old girl to my eye, especially here in San Francisco. Oh but I do love a wedge espadrille sandal…

    JJJanuary 9th, 2014  5:28 PM

  • I agree that they have too much going on, the calf hair is just over-kill and way too fashion victim. I actually think that Isabel Marant has become way too seen and a little fashion victim as a brand. I always liked her because she was less expensive than the big designers but now I would rather spend on another designer, after all she is on the 7th floor at Barneys……her prices don’t reflect that and I feel like that floor is for teenagers. Maybe I am wrong and dressing too classic for 42….

    adeleJanuary 9th, 2014  7:12 PM

  • Wedge heels are classics. I love and wear wedge pumps to work when I know I’ll be standing and walking a lot that day, and wedge espadrilles and sandles through summer. I have a pair of chocolate brown wedge heel boots for rainy days that are very simple and streamlined. I think I will always buy wedges, and was so excited when they first became available all those years ago. Before that, I’d only really seen them styled in 1940s and early 1950s photos of film stars, which of course made me want them badly as a teenager. As for these boots, I thought that they were not at all for me. Too gimmicky but I thought they’d look good on the right person, just not me!

    JustineJanuary 9th, 2014  7:32 PM

  • I pre-ordered them in Moda Operandi, waited months for them to arrive (much later than Net-a-porter, Barney’s , Isabel Marant Boutiques, etc) and when I finally had them, I just wasn’t interested anymore… And yes, they were off and uncomfortable and expensive!

    FernandaJanuary 9th, 2014  10:48 PM

  • Preston
    You definitely hit a nerve here. People have strong feelings about this shoe and wedges in general. I have a pair of Isabel Marant hidden heel sneakers in army green. Love them. super comfy and a great casual look. Don’t love the ones pictured . Too high. Too weird.
    Enjoyed people’s comments!

    PaulaJanuary 9th, 2014  10:57 PM

  • I agree with those community members who believe the wedge is here to stay and those who believe it may have been this particular IM boot, not the wedge, that is the issue. I have a pair of black suede Prada wedge booties from a few years ago…still LOVE. I am drawn to some of IM’s clothes, have several of her pieces including some of her boots but I have to say they are all in the “needs a new home” part of my closet. I’d love to hang out with IM at her French country home (in the NY Times Mag a few years ago) but I’m not sure I will purchase any more of her designs. So, I doubt I’ll get invited to hang out with her!

    RobbiJanuary 9th, 2014  11:31 PM

  • Perhaps because of my age, I view the wedge shoe as a trend. The exception would be fabulously simple linen espadrilles, preferably not too high, and made in Portugal or France (and in a great shade of indigo). I grew up in these, in place of sandals. And they were quite cheap! The shoe that put Loubitan on the map in America was his wedge espadrille and it was classic. My most stylish peers–women in their 50’s, 60’s, and even 70’s–view most of the high fashion shoes out there as “clown shoes.” Too busy, too many feathers, paillettes, laces, studs, ankle cuffs, and heel heights which cause most women to look so awkward when they walk . . . which is why I am particularly excited about the pointy-toe flats, spectators, loafers, and ladylike pumps which are showing up everywhere!

    PaulaJanuary 10th, 2014  12:46 AM

  • Preston, I think they are just not nonchalant enough for a discerning buyer – nothing to do with the wedge. I have never commented before, but really adore your blog – translates so well to my life in London. In my opinion the best boots you have featured were the Miu Miu nude long boots with a concealed one inch heel. I bought them after seeing them on one of your lists about a year ago and have worn them to death. Good luck with the year ahead. Margaret

    MargaretJanuary 10th, 2014  6:20 AM

  • These boots and the “wedge” debate cannot go hand in hand! Love or hate the “wedge” these boots are horrific! I’ve seem many women wearing them about and they never look quite right.
    The wedge done right in any shoe form can be refreshing in-between trends.

    AliJanuary 10th, 2014  1:14 PM

  • Love wedges, and own several that I wear often….regarding these two in particular, at the risk of sounding 7 years old – yuck!!

    SheriJanuary 11th, 2014  8:23 PM

  • Wedges are here to stay, but those particular boots were just to high of a wedge to be comfortable, plus it’s way overpriced even with the deep reduction. I’m sure you’ll only wear it 1-2 times, not very practical & so not worth it. I love some of the IM shoes & I owned a few but I stay away from very high heeled versions.

    TeresaJanuary 11th, 2014  11:25 PM

  • These “shoes” look like animal hooves. Not flattering.not sexy.

    BeyondbeigeJanuary 12th, 2014  1:02 PM

  • Oh, beyondbeige. That’s the exact comment that my husband made when I showed him the picture of the boots!

    I’m in my early 50s and low wedges are the closest thing to a heel that my poor knees can manage these days.

    SharonJanuary 12th, 2014  6:29 PM

  • Preston, I need to update my comment about Isabel Marant’s clothes. See January 9th post. I just realized I have two IM Etoile leather jackets in my closet and I love them. These two jackets are not in the “needs a new home” section of my closet. Maybe I’ll get that invitation to IM’s country home after all! 🙂

    RobbiJanuary 14th, 2014  11:06 PM


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