What is it about black wedges? SO MANY, but in reality so damn few. I've been on the hunt for the perfect black wedge for a little under a year now and it's horribly frustrating. I think my obsession started with those Sam Edelman Balenciaga knockoffs:
I believe these to be the perfect booties. Perfect height on the ankle, perfect lift in the wedge, a little embellishment on the side for that eye-catching punch of intrigue...you can't go wrong with these. Oh wait yes you can, you can go wrong with trying to own them because not only are they not in stores anymore, but they are so coveted that they're selling for upwards of $2000 on Ebay (marked up from the $99 sale price at Victoria's Secret when the first came out).
So life must go on. I must stay positive and keep my eye on the prize.
CRITERIA FOR THE PERFECT BLACK WEDGE:
1. Must be black. We'll have time to worry about other colors once I find my classic black.
2. Must be a wedge...I have enough heels, stilettos, what have you. Wedges only, no exception.
3. Must be leather or some related animal, no synthetic material.
4. Cannot extend past the ankle. I want a bootie, not a boot.
5. Wedge must be 4 inches tall or more. I want to wear these with black skinny jeans or black tights and a short dress and make my legs look like they go on for days and days. Is that too much to ask??!
6. Solid material around the whole boot. No cut-out designs, no peep-toes, no holes of any kind.
7. Zipper up the side. No lace ups.
8. Toe can be round or almond shape, no pointies.
9. It would be nice if they were at least slightly comfortable.
10. I would appreciate it if they were under $200.
Below are some shoes that are ALMOST there, but don't pass because they violate one or more of the above rules:
Disappointment #1: From Nine West. Great hight on ankle, great lift in wedge and great price ($79.99). But they're brown with waaay too many cut-outs.
Disappointment #2: From Steve Madden. They're a little short, and I'd actually prefer leather to suede...but both of those could be ignored. What cannot be ignored is the violation of Rule 2 with the heel. Just gimme a wedge for the love of God!!
Disappointment #3: Also Steve Madden. Violates more than one rule - the heel should be a wedge (though I LOVE the height)...there's lacing at the front and not a zipper up the side, and most importantly there's a peep toe. Fuck that.
Disappointment #4: By Deena & Ozzy. Love them. Need that wedge though!! No compromises on that one.
Disappointment #5: By Dolce Vita. This one is interesting, because I actually really love the shoe and want it. But what's important here is it is not the perfect black wedge. Lace ups and cut-outs galore. Also despite the way they look in this photo, there is no wedge, but rather a really chunky heel. Click the link (above where it says "Disappointment #5") for more photos. Maybe these'll have to be my post-perfect black wedge purchase:
Disappointment #6: Too tall. Oh, and did I mention they're Louboutins? So they're probs several grand:
Disappointment #7: Diesel. They're lace-ups but you know what? I'd happily ignore that if they sold in the States and if they weren't so friggin expensive (they're listed as 420 Euros which is like $570!!).
I'm gonna stop there. It's all too depressing. I've looked in department stores, I've looked online, I've looked in boutiques, even places like Topshop. Nada. Help me...I need all the support I can get.