Wedge (footwear)

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Wedge boots, wedgies or lifties are shoes and boots with a sole in the form of a wedge so that one piece of material, normally rubber, serves as both the sole and the heel. The design dates back to ancient Greece.[1] Wedge boots are more common for women and often have a sole that is much thicker at the back than the front, making it a high-heel shoe or boot. Wedges for women were popularized by Salvatore Ferragamo who introduced the design to the Italian market in the late 1930s.[2]

Men's wedge boots,usually called "wedgies", usually have a low heel. These wedged boots became popular during the 1970s. They are making a comeback in 2010s[citation needed].

Some forms of wedge boots, called platform boots, have thick soles throughout.


  1. ^ Bergstein. Page 21.
  2. ^ Bergstein. Pages 20 to 22.


  • Bergstein, Rachelle (2012). Women From the Ankle Down - The Story of Shoes and How They Define Us (Hardback). New York: Harper Collins. pp. 284 pages. ISBN 978-0-06-196961-4. 

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