Wedge (footwear)

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Wedge boots, wedgies, or lifties are shoes and boots with a sole in the form of a wedge, such that one piece of material, normally rubber, serves as both the sole and the heel. This design dates back to ancient Greece.[1]

Wedgies for women are more common and often have a sole that is much thicker at the back than at the front, making them high-heeled boots or shoes. Wedgies 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," typically have low heels. Men's boots of this kind 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.

There are many styles available under the wedges footwear category; the most common styles are low wedge, t-straps wedge, ankle straps wedge, platform wedge, and closed-toe wedge.


  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.