The Indispensable Summer Shoe Style That Will Elevate Your Look

Everlane has done it again. Another perfectly-calibrated staple landed on the direct-to-consumer brand’s website today: The Wedge. (Their capitalization; not ours.) The pared-down, butter-soft slide boasts a barely-there wedge heel and a subtle asymmetrical topline to keep it from being too predictable. The no-fuss design is everything we’ve come to expect from a brand with an uncanny knack for identifying wardrobe staples, synthesizing the most essential elements of its design, and delivering it for a competitive price. Now the only struggle is deciding which of the four spot-on colors we’re going to add to our spring and summer rotation.

We’ve got high standards when it comes to summer footwear — the perfect shoe has to be comfortable and walkable (bike-able would be a bonus), while offering enough style points to elicit “Where did you get those?” utterances from your friends and co-workers. The classic low wedge, with its subtlety, comfort, and ever-so-slight elevation, is the rare example that satisfies this Goldilocks-level list of requirements, so we’re pleased to see some of our favorite designers and retail destinations going back to this style. Naturally, Everlane’s newest release sparked a frenzy of browsing, so click through to see the San Francisco-based brand’s triumphant take, and a few other options — all strong contenders for the title of Most Worn Summer Shoe.

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A menswear-y shirting fabric demands to be worn to the next barbecue.

Lulus Santana Wedge Knotted Cork Sandals, $33, available at Lulu


Madewell’s camel slides have a cushioned sole for extra support.

Madewell The Stacey Wedge Mule, $118, available at Madewell


No closet is complete without an optic while sandal.

Charles & Keith Low Wedge Ankle Strap Sandals, $49, available at Charles & Keith


A foiled pink option brings a subtle party vibe to the daytime.

Intentionally Blank Picnic Mini Wedge, $195, available at Free People


“I love wearing these with shorts. Instead of putting on a pair of flip flops, I opt for these and my outfit looks more put together. It adds a little umph to any outfit.” – Yes to all this, anonymous Zappos customer!

Skechers Desert Kiss Wedge Sandals, $35.99, available at Zappos


A muted elephant gray will do double-duty at work and on the weekends.

& Other Stories Trio Strap Suede Wedges, $129, available at & Other Stories


The espadrille-style wedge is an iconic summer choice.

Castañer Blaudell 6 Wedge Espadrilles, $104, available at La Garçonne


Score! A long-ago sold-out No. 6 slide has resurfaced on eBay in a perfectly fiery red. Size 10s: today is your lucky day.

No. 6 Orlando Woven Wedge, $198, available at eBay


Give your tootsies a breather from those trendy dad sneakers with a pair of equally satisfying ugly sport shoes. Bonus: The brands Microban® antimicrobial treatment helps keep odors at bay, and promotes drier feel.

JBU Ruby Knit Sport Wedge, $44.45, available at Zappos


You can take the style in a festive direction with Loeffler Randall’s metallic iteration.

Loeffler Randall Sonya Cinched Wedge, $295, available at Shopbop


Sophisticated, breezy, and the pop of color your summer outfit needs.

Kenneth Cole Reaction Jolly Suede Sandal, $29.97, available at Nordstrom Rack


A verdant croc-effect green complements the changing seasons.

Menodemosso Crocodile Wedge, $272, available at W Concept


You’d never guess that these super-cool, retro-inspired buckled wedges are actually a highly engineered, American Podiatric Medical Association-approved option.

Vionic Noble Laurie Backstrap Sandal, $114.95, available at Amazon

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