Get ready to be comfortable and stylish in the coolest wedges for summer 2011. Wedge sandals give you a great amount of height while still being comfortable. If you don't want to tower over everyone else, you can find sliver-wedges, which have a slightly lower heel but are still high on style. Materials used in the summer's hottest wedges include cork, woven materials and leather. Look for wedges in unexpected, bright colors such as lemon yellow or green.
Cork heels are incredibly comfortable. The material is soft, so it cushions your feet, even if you're standing 4 or 5 inches off of the ground. If you're the type of person who's eco-conscious as well as style-conscious, cork wedges are the summer shoes for you. Look for a pair of cork wedges that slide on or ones for ankle straps for a casual summer look that will go well with a light, floral sundress. Choose cork-heeled shoes with textured fabric or leather straps for an interesting combination of textures.
A pair of cork heeled wedges with light pink straps will look terrific with a pair of cut-off denim shorts and a lightweight, woven cotton shirt in a pastel plaid or large checked pattern. For a day-to-night wedge, look for a pair with shiny patent leather straps in either black or red. Pair the wedges with your favorite little black dress.
Wedges receive espadrille styling in 2011 and with good results. Espadrille wedges feature a woven rope heel. The style of the straps ranges from thin and strappy to thick. Some espadrilles feature ribbon straps for a more carefree summer look. For a fun and flirty summer heel, choose a pair of espadrille wedges in a bold color, such as red or bright green.
If you are into combining textures, choose a pair of wedges with woven leather straps as well as woven cloth covered heels. Espadrilles with metal detailing on the straps also provide a bit of unexpected texture to an otherwise casual pair of shoes.
Sometimes, you need to dress up, even in the summer. If that's the case, then criss-cross sandals are your shoes. Choose a pair in black with straps on the thin side for an evening look. A khaki or gray pair of wedges will work for the office. Look for wedges that have the strap fabric covering the heels as well for the most pulled-together style.
Since crisscross wedges cover most of the feet, you can get away with pairing them with opaque tights or colorful socks. Wear a pair of tan wedges over a pair of pink or purple socks. The color of the socks will just peek through the holes in between the straps.
If you're tall or don't feel comfortable walking around on 4 inch or higher wedge heels, opt for a pair of sliver wedges. Sliver wedges work for any occasion, whether you need a pair of sandals for the beach, the office or a party. Choose a pair in a neutral leather or snakeskin for work. Silver or gold wedges will look fantastic at a nightclub or party and won't kill your feet by the end of the night.