For one reason or another, 2022 will go down as the year of the sartorial comeback kid, with everything from low-rise jeans and whale tails to micro miniskirts and platform flip-flops returning to relevancy in a big way. But the year isn’t over yet. Potentially the last resurgence of 2022 arrives in the form of a heel style you likely thought you’d retired for good back in ’07: wedges.
Despite swearing off the sculptural sandal silhouette years ago, after spotting wedges in Emilio Pucci’s F/W 21 collection last February, I haven’t been able to get them off my mind. Moreover, brands like Jeffery Campbell, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Gucci, and Free People have all put modern spins on the once-outdated style, making wedges all the more tempting. By the time I spotted (and subsequently purchased) a pair of red-leather wedge boots at Zara, I was a full-blown convert.
On the off chance that you aren’t quite so easy to convince, keep scrolling. I’d be willing to bet that you’ll be fast on your way to becoming a certified wedge owner after seeing the 36 pairs ahead.