Fashion Advice: To Wedge or Not to Wedge

Dear Budget Fashionista,
I’m considering a pair of wedge heeled boots for everyday wear with jeans.  Am I wasting my money because it’s too trendy?  I need something more comfortable for walking and thought this might be a good alternative, but don’t want to be throwing my money away to look weird next year

Help!
Boots

Target.com



Zappos.com

Hey Boots-

If you like wedge boots, get them. Yes. wedges are a bit trendy, but here’s how to get the most of the boots before their fashionable demise.

In general, when it come to boots, I wouldn’t focus so much on whether or not they’ll be in style, but whether the boot is comfortable and the boot’s “cost per wear” (price of an item divided by the number of times you expect to wear it in a given time period) is under $2. In the case of a pair of sensible wedge boots (the like the ones above), it’s safe to say that you’ll be able to wear the boots until the beginning of April, which is approximately 150 days or 21 weeks from now.  Let’s say you wear the boots 3 times per week or 60 times from now until April. In order to get the most of these boots during this time period, spend no more than $120 on a pair.  If you focus on finding a boot that is comfortable,  in a basic color like black and brown, and look for a wedge with wider wedge sole (some wedges can be as uncomfortable as a stiletto heel), you will get even more wear, and more value,  from the boots

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  1. Yasmin says

    Budget Fashionista : Great Advice!!! I never even thought of the element of “cost per wear”. This adds an entirely new perspective! I always determine my purchases based on : how much I value that item being apart of my wardrobe, and what other things I want to buy based on my limited budget. While part of this method is rational, many times I have shorted myself on great deals on items I would have really enjoyed, simply b/c I was unwilling to pay over a certain amount, and forego whatever other item I wanted for another payday. At any rate, thanks for giving me a refreshing perspective on VALUE.

    If I may add my 2 cents regarding the wedge :

    Wedges boots are wonderful! I had the same mindset as the original poster 4 years ago, before they were even popular. I was at the Kenneth Cole outlet, and there were some BAD Wedge boots for $99, plus a discount. They weren’t even real leather if I think about it now, but they were hot, KC ALWAYS comes correct. At any rate, the individual style diva in me, said go for them, they’re fly. The person who worries about what others thinks said “Should I really pay $99 for some boots, I don’t even see around, and I’m not sure I should wear, though they are so cute”… To this DAY I mourn for those boots. I get angry b/c I can go from Victorias Secret catalog to Spiegel to WalMart to Payless and see Wedge Boots, b/c that’s just how popular they are now, yet I have yet to see any that topped those KC’s especially at that price.

    When you like something, if it fits YOUR style, and you can twerk it, go for it!

  2. anonymous says

    wedges overall are more comfy than your other heels. The comfort and how healthy the shoes are for your alignment as compared to other heels are reason enough to get them.

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