Looking at these wedges from Bottega Veneta, I feel like they are taking a page from the types of styles normally seen coming from Marc Jacobs or John Fluevog*. These could easily have looked awkward and unbalanced, but the smoothed-out edges and swept-forward angles allow these to be that rare, successful, blend of a chunky and solid heel – while still being wholly feminine overall. While nobody is likely to describe these as ‘delicate’, they do quite nicely manage to be both elegant and modern.
In a similar, softened-wedge style, Bottega Veneta is also offering this lower-shaft ankle-boot. But, I don’t like it nearly as much as the brown suede style shown above. For some reason, this lower bootie doesn’t seem quite as well-balanced and successful in it’s overall silhouette. Perhaps overall outfit presentation would help to correct this potential issue?
I’m so glad to find more and more designers that are willing to play with the overall form of a shoe and finding that there are indeed ways to get both sex appeal and walk-ability to play nice together all in the same shoe. Not that we don’t love our occasional stilettos, but wedges usually have fantastic stability; making wedges this sexy is a win in my book.
*For those of you unfamiliar with Fluevog shoes, the main style that comes to mind when I see the Bottega Veneta’s are ‘The LA’ Fluevog line – which is an adaptation of the earlier and near-iconic Grand National Fluevog boots. These are on my ‘how can I manage to get my hands on a pair of these, I don’t care how long it takes to do it?!’ list.