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Would You Wear… Sneaker Wedges?


Sneaker Wedges Runway and Celebs
Although it may be tough to see the wedges in the sneakers above, both Miranda Kerr (left) and Heidi Klum are wearing Isabel Marant versions, and the model is wearing Marc by Marc Jacobs. Credit: 1, 2, 3

Behold… the sneaker wedge. Luxury designers and celebrities have taken a liking to kicks with height, so we must begin to ponder if these shoes will be hitting the mainstream anytime soon. This trend can partially be credited to Isabel Marant: Her versions, with concealed wedges, seem to be the most popular – Beyonce wore them in her “Love on Top” music video, as did Heidi Klum and Miranda Kerr on the streets.

I would have written this trend off as an obscure, passing fad until I noticed Topshop had fashioned its own version (pictured below). Topshop is known for being a trendsetting shop, so I’m keeping my eyes open for now.

In my opinion, these sneaks are simply statement pieces. After all, they pose no functional benefit; let’s hope no one chooses these shoes for squat jumps or marathon running! But there are some benefits to having sneakers with height: They are probably considerably more comfortable than normal heels, and are a great low-key way to give yourself a few extra inches.

Sneaker wedges
The popular Isabel Marant “Willow” version, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Topshop.

These wedges aren’t popular enough yet to have spawned cheaper knockoff versions, so right now, the only way to get this look is to spend some serious money. But if the trend takes off, we anticipate seeing inexpensive versions everywhere – only time will tell.

Will you be rocking sneaker wedges?

Leave a comment below and let’s talk about it!  What are your thoughts? Is this a passing trend or could you see yourself wearing these shoes? How would you wear them? Where would you wear them? We want to know!

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52 Responses to “Would You Wear… Sneaker Wedges?”

  1. 1
    December 27th, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    They seem very impractical to me. And it reminds me of platform sneakers from my youth. So no.

  2. 2
    December 27th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    You know, I think they look all right. Although I won’t be spending money on them until they stick around long enough for me to justify buying them.

  3. 3
    December 27th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Those are kind of cute, not gonna lie.

  4. 4
    December 27th, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    These remind me of Barbie shoes!!

  5. 5
    December 27th, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    No no and no.

  6. 6
    December 27th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I feel like this trend walks a thin line between ridiculous and high fashion (but then again don’t the two go hand-in-hand?). Still, I like this trend. It’s interesting and unexpected. I love the Topshop version!

  7. 7
    December 27th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Heck no. If I want comfy heels, I’ll just stick to wedges that are actually cute.

  8. 8
    December 27th, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Nope. If I wear sneakers, I expect them to be comfortable.

  9. 9
    December 27th, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    They don’t look different from normal sneakers, so why not just wear a raw pair of sneakers instead? It makes legs look athletic. I can’t see anything to gain from wearing wedge sneakers. I’m good with wedge booties for now.

  10. 10
    December 27th, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Yes,I’ll definitely wear them. They are really cute.

  11. 11
    December 27th, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Absolutely not. Sneaker platforms were really popular when I was younger and I still have embarrassing photographic evidence of those shoes. I don’t need any more.

  12. 12
    December 27th, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    No thank you, this is a trend I will pass on!

  13. 13
    December 27th, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    They are actually kind of cute. I think I could work something out with them

  14. 14
    December 27th, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    I like the TopShop version of this trend. I think they’re cute and new. Might try it :)

  15. 15
    December 27th, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    I won’t be wearing sneaker wedges! To me they kind of look tacky and I don’t think many people will be catching on to this trend.

  16. 16
    December 27th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    I wouldn’t wear a sneaker wedge, but I’m still trying to find the high-heeled Converse sneakers I saw the cheerleaders wear during the “Bust Your Windows” number from Glee.

  17. 17
    December 27th, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Ugh, no. Comfy heels DO exist, so there’s no good reason to wear sky-high sneakers (that sounds weird, anyway!).

  18. 18
    December 27th, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    No, these are silly.

  19. 19
    December 27th, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    it seems ironic to me that the fact that they look like sneakers makes them too casual for most situations that require heels, and the wedge makes them too impractical for any situations requiring sneakers. Thus, they’re pretty unwearable! I’ve seen worse looking shoes but I can’t imagine that they’d be worth any investment at all.

  20. 20
    December 27th, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    I’ve actually seen versions of these on ebay for like fifty dollars or so…

    As for me wearing them–It’s unlikely. I actually don’t mind them, but they don’t really fit in with my style.

  21. 21
    December 27th, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    I saw these everywhere in stores all around South Korea last year! Wasn’t a really big fan of them because I always associate sneakers with comfort. Adding the heel just seems pointless :$

  22. 22
    December 28th, 2011 at 12:02 am

    I actually don’t think this is a “new thing.” It’s been around for a while… and also, I would definitely not wear it. Reason why? My mom wears them. Hahaha!

  23. 23
    December 28th, 2011 at 12:18 am

    not in love… just not. I think they could be adorable on someone else, but not for me :)

  24. 24
    December 28th, 2011 at 1:30 am

    yes, if i could effort them.

  25. 25
    December 28th, 2011 at 3:15 am

    I love the Isabel marant versions but i can’t afford them! This trend is really popular in south Korea.

  26. 26
    December 28th, 2011 at 5:41 am

    God, no. They look like the bottom part of a leg cast!

  27. 27
    December 28th, 2011 at 7:08 am

    my sister had a pair of wedged converse-like shoes that were nice&pretty comfy (they were not so tall…)…but I don’t think that wedges really work with REAL gym-looking shoes! I don’t like the first two pairs of shoes…neither the ones Miranda Kerr&Heidi Klum are wearing.
    Ok,I do admit that I don’t really like sneakers at all…but to me wedges+sneakers is just a big no…

  28. 28
    December 28th, 2011 at 7:37 am

    i bought mine two years ago ^^,

  29. 29
    December 28th, 2011 at 8:34 am

    @Chiara I know! 2NE1 are fond of wearing them and they’re quite easy to find.

    I wish I didn’t have yeti feet so I could wear them :( but at the same time, they would still cut off my legs, so the wedge would make no difference whatsoever.

  30. 30
    December 28th, 2011 at 9:56 am

    I can firmly say ‘no’ to this trend. I was not on board with heeled sneakers, and though the hidden wedge looks better than those, I wouldn’t rock them. Why not just donn high top sneaks?

  31. 31
    December 28th, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Not gonna lie, I had sneaker wedges in the 7th grade. I am a college sophomore now and just no… lol

  32. 32
    December 28th, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Keds did a very nice version of these in 2007/2008. Lace-ups but not this kind…still have them

  33. 33
    December 28th, 2011 at 10:55 am

    lol no, this trend already had its time…when I was in middle school

  34. 34
    December 28th, 2011 at 11:00 am

    no lol. i already dont like to wear sneakers (the only time i wear a pair is wear i have to for gym) so its no surprise that i dont like these either.

  35. 35
    December 28th, 2011 at 11:44 am

    No way! Why wear these when I can choose to wear actual sneakers that are waaay more practical but are (most of the time) lacking at the aesthetic aspect, or wedges that look good but are less comfortable.

    These sneaker wedges seem to have what I consider to be the cons from both actual sneakers and wedges. Nuh uh for me.

  36. 36
    December 28th, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Smh no thank you. Not my style. I’ll let willow stick to this. You won’t see me strutting around in those shoes.

  37. 37
    December 28th, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Nope. No way. No ma’am. No.

  38. 38
    December 28th, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    I’ve been looking for boots or high tops with a cocealed wedge for a while but i haven’t come across any

  39. 39
    December 28th, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    They seem ugly, but I have a pair by Vera Wang and they’re super cute. They kinda look like the Topshop ones…but mine are a lot less sneaker-ish looking(:

  40. 40
    December 28th, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    No, but Tom Cruise would.

  41. 41
    December 28th, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    I saw a girl wearing the Isabel Marant ones a few months back and it looked amazing. It looks laid back like sneakers but at the same time your feet look smaller and your legs look longer because you’re actually wearing heels..

  42. 42
    December 29th, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    These used to be popular back in the day…does anyone else remember? I used to see girls wearing these in middle/high school lol.

  43. 43
    December 29th, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    I actually saw these way earlier, when my cousin (who lives in China) came to visit. She, like most people in my family, is very short, so she wears a LOT of heels and wedges. I noticed that even her sneakers were wedged, so this trend isn’t really new to me.

    Personally, it doesn’t appeal to me though. I do have a pair of espadrilles that lace up sort of like sneakers (they’re from Modcloth), but they’re not quite the same.

  44. 44
    December 30th, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    You know, I would never wear these sneaker wedges. But my mother has had 2 pairs of converse looking wedges in her closet since I was a kid – and I’ve worn those to receive lots of compliments – so yes, just not these

  45. 45
    February 5th, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I LOVE THEM!!! i have seen nike and jordan heels too! ive been online trying to find a pai, actually. Im DEFINITELY going to be wearing some!!!(:

  46. 46
    February 17th, 2012 at 8:29 pm


  47. 47
    August 21st, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    I actually have some sneaker wedges I just dont know what to wear with them

  48. 48
    January 15th, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    I bought some yesterday! I’ve been looking at these for about a year now :)

  49. 49
    June 25th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    The Topshop ones aren’t bad, but I still can’t justify buying into this trend. I’ll stick with converse and military-inspired booties — not the two combined.

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