Ah yes folks! We’re back to one of my favourite topics. The wedge trainer. Now, those of you with psoriasis are probably shaking your heads and wondering what this has got to do with you. But to paraphrase Ellen Degeneres, there is a point and I do have one! So bear with me.
I have made no secret of my love of wedge trainers. Regular flat trainers however, have never held any appeal for me. Maybe because it’s a look that’s just a bit too casual for my taste or perhaps it can be linked back to my teenage years and my utter hatred of PE class. Converse, I accept are a different story. Converse (or so my sister assures me) are cool. But I’ve always found them too flat and each time I tried them on, I felt like a Lilliputian.
So, hence my joy when wedge trainers burst onto the scene. Finally some comfort and height combined with style. I own two pairs. The first are the Thea wedge from Carl Scarpa, which I love but which even I will admit are a little too high for assured comfort all day long.
The second were a gift from my sister, last mentioned here, and although I was dubious at first about the studs, they are incredibly comfortable and have been worn a lot over the past few months.
So, get to the point, I hear you cry. Well! Each year, as summer approaches, I battle with footwear. Having psoriasis quite badly on my feet, it’s difficult to find summer footwear that conceals as I wish. Anything flat (read comfortable) tend to be either ballet flats or flipflops, neither of which provide the coverage I want. So! Given that our experience of summer over the past few years has been rain, rain and more rain, I reckon it’s time to think outside the box. Some wedge trainers! In a light colour, worn with jeans or skinnies, I reckon I’ve found the answer.
As featured on my Wednesday Wish many months ago, my favourite of these would be the Ash Genial in clay. Oh be still my beating heart. I want a pair of these so badly! And these would work perfectly with white, stone, cream, grey or denim skinnies in the warmer months. Plus, and this is a very big plus, nobody is going to look at you strangely for wearing trainers in the summer. Perfectly acceptable; foot is completely covered; comfort is guaranteed. Well, what’s not to love, I ask?
But now, Converse have stepped up to the plate with their new offering of a wedge version, the Chuck Taylor Hi-Ness. Considerably cheaper than the Ash Genial (still want a pair!) and completely acceptable as summer footwear. They have the ‘cool’ factor; they come in a range of colours; are reputably very comfortable … I think I may well be tempted.
Having spent more money than I’d care to count on different types of wedge sandals, Fit Flops, loafers and ballet flats over the past few years (none of which provided the coverage I needed), I think this year I’m going to change tack completely. I have some high sandals and toe-less boots which work with more dressy outfits for evening. Having spent so much of the winter in wedge trainers, I think I’m going to continue this trend for the summer … such as it may be.
So what do you think? Would it work as an alternative to the ballet flat for day to day wear? And would you be tempted to invest in the new Converse wedges?