Cork Wedge Sandals For Women
Invented by Salvatore Ferragamo in 1935, cork wedges are now a must-have shoe in every woman’s closet. Combining the stability of a flat with the elegance and style of heels, wedges let you step out in confidence and take on any surface, from grass to sand without sinking. They can be dressed up or down, worn to the office, and on vacation.
To make women’s sandal wedges as comfortable as possible, we combine supportive, flexible cork with premium soft leather uppers. Our two collections of cork wedges, Trulie and Carousel are designed with timeless silhouettes adorned with European accents. Before you choose a pair of women’s cork wedges, take a look at all the benefits of these versatile and supportive sandals, which feel like they are custom fit just for you!
Take a look at some of our most popular cork wedge sandals.
5 Reasons to Love Cork
Wondering why wedges are often made of cork? While cork was initially chosen as an alternative heel material during a steel shortage in Italy, it has many remarkable qualities that make it perfect for wedge sandals.
1. It’s Eco-Friendly
Cork comes from the bark of the cork oak tree, which is stripped every nine years. Don’t worry, the trees aren’t harmed in this process and the bark grows back on its own, making this a completely sustainable material. As cork is naturally occuring, it is biodegradable, so it won’t leave behind any nasty plastic residue.
2. It’s Durable
Part of what makes cork a rock star in terms of sustainability is that it is incredibly durable. A cork sole can last for years without showing signs of wear. The hardy material is great for walking on all surfaces without getting damaged and is easily wiped clean.
3. It’s Ultra Supportive
Cork is naturally spongey, which means that it has the ability to mold to your foot when used in footwear. This creates a customized insole that is not only super comfortable to walk in, but also very good for your feet as every part of the foot is supported. With pressure evenly distributed, you are less likely to experience foot problems like plantar fasciitis.
4. It Repels Water
When you’re at the beach or pool this summer, it’s very likely that your shoes are going to get wet. Cork is an ideal material for sandals because it repels water, rather than soaking it in. It makes sense when you think about why they use cork as a stopper for a wine bottle because it doesn’t soak in the liquid. This is really important in keeping your shoes feeling and smelling fresh. When sneakers or other shoes soak up water or sweat, they can become a breeding ground for bacteria, which can lead to odor and threaten the integrity of the shoe.
5. It’s Lightweight
Cork is wonderfully lightweight, which means it takes less effort to lift your feet while you’re walking. This makes it ideal for a day when you are planning to be spending a lot of time on your feet. Cork is also buoyant, so if you do happen to lose your shoe in the pool, it won’t sink to the bottom!
Why Wedges Are More Comfortable
When you want to wear heels, but don’t want the pain and instability that comes from balancing on a stiletto, then wedges are the perfect shoe. They provide a stable base that gives your feet more support as all parts of the foot are evenly supported. It’s much easier to balance in wedges than heels, which is why many women prefer them. Plus, if you are planning to walk on uneven surfaces, then wedges are a no-brainer. Heels sink into soft surfaces, like grass, which can put you at risk of falling, while wedges provide a sturdy base.
Meet Taos Cork Wedge Collections
Whether you prefer a low or high wedge, Taos has beautiful cork sandals that are handcrafted with care in Europe. Discover our two wedge collections below.
If you are looking for a stylish wedge with a low pitch, then consider the Trulie collection. Trulie sandals are the ideal walking sandal, combining classic silhouettes with casual elegance. Handmade in Spain by artisan cobblers, you’ll find that these sandals have beautiful detailing, like the chunky braided straps of Trulie. If you have wider feet, then try the extended widths of Universe on for size.
Heading somewhere slightly more formal where you want a higher wedge heel? Look no further than the Carousel collection. These gorgeous wedges are made in Portugal, bringing beautiful Mediterranean flair to your every step. Whether you prefer a sleek T-strap style like Sheila, or crave a bit of shine from the gold decorative medallions of Carousel 3, the wedges from this collection are a must-have in your shoe wardrobe.
How to Style Women’s Cork Wedge Sandals
Wedges are wonderfully versatile shoes that you can wear time and time again to many different kinds of events. If you’re looking for style inspiration on how to wear your wedges, we’ve got you covered!
While wedges are a form of heel, they don’t have to be dressy. Here are some casual outfit ideas to try with your cork wedge sandals.
- Stone Bestie + jean shorts + a white blouse + a gold chain necklace + colorful bag
- Black Buckle Up + culottes + solid flowy tank + black leather tote
- Hazelnut My Dear + striped t-shirt Dress + floppy hat + straw bag
Have a special event coming up? Take the opportunity to wear your wedges so that you can dance the night away without foot pain. Here are some formal styling ideas.
- Tan Carousel 3 + bright pink midi dress + turquoise jewelry
- Steel Sheila + elegant jumpsuit + stylish silver clutch
- Cognac/Off-white Sun Queen + colorful maxi dress + dangling earrings
Is it hard to walk in wedges?
While walking in tall wedges requires more concentration than a flat, it is far easier than walking in heels. Your feet are more stable and you will be less likely to trip in wedges than heels. A low wedge is particularly easy to walk in.
Can wedges be worn to a formal occasion?
Absolutely! Wedge cork sandals provide the same height and grace that a pair of heels would, only they are much more comfortable. You can wear wedges to parties, weddings, or for a romantic date night.
Are cork sandals durable?
Cork is a very hard wearing material, which is why it is perfect for shoes like sandals that get a lot of use.
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