Wedge Trainers: Yay or Nay?

By Lynnie | December 14 2012 | 31 Comments

Earlier this week, I did something that I’ve been threatening to do for the best part of a year.  I finally bought myself a pair of hidden wedge hi-top trainers like a damn dirty hipster.

Now, I know they’re not exactly a long-term investment and I’m very late to this particular bandwagon, but I don’t really care since (a) I got them in exchange for a godawful jumper I was never going to wear anyway, so it kinda feels like they were free, and (b) they are SO. COOL.

As mine are all black, they’re also surprisingly dressy. Paired with skinny jeans or leather-look leggings, the heel makes me look taller and lengthens my legs – always a winner – and they’re comfy, too. So comfy that it’s incredible they’re packing a 3” wedge.  I mean, that’s the height of most of my going out heels, and I can barely manage in them for an hour at a time, never mind tramp around town all day in them.

Isabel Marant’s wedge trainers were the originals that inspired a thousand (probably) high-street incarnations, and happily versions now abound to suit all pockets.

Penneys tan PU double strap wedge trainers | Penneys glitter double strap wedge trainers

clockwise from top left: Dorothy Perkins (on offer, usually €59) | Topshop | ASOS | Dorothy Perkins (on offer, usually €65)

Zara TRF studded strap wedge trainers | Zara studded wedge trainers

Are you a fellow wedge trainers fan or do you reckon this is a trend that should be given the boot? And before you answer, may I very quickly present some fashionable ladies looking deadly in theirs:

Right. The defence rests, y’honour. To the comments!

Final images via Twylah | Mail Online | Mad About The Girl | Brigadeiro

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31 Replies to "Wedge Trainers: Yay or Nay?"

  • Gracie says:

    I was so close to buying a black one from ASOS but I was talked out of it. I like the look of them and they kind of fit my style. But I don’t wear heels on a daily basis, which was just another reason not to spend my tiny budget on something I’ll wear rarely. But I still like them :(

  • I love the Penneys glitter ones! Where are yours from Lynnie?

  • EvieM says:

    Nope, I just couldn’t do it, I’m a purist where heels are concerned, they should look elegant, girly or classy and wedge trainers could never be described as any of those words. Just not my cup of tea.

  • MollC says:

    Yes, I bought the black Topshop ones a few weeks ago. I was unsure about wedges in trainers at first (kept thinking of Spice Girls-era platforms) but I have to say these are really nice on and really comfortable. What I like most is that they don’t necessarily look like they have a wedge, plus the wedge is removable if you get sick of it and just want to wear them like normal trainers. At least that’s what it says on the TS website…I haven’t tried removing them from mine yet.

  • Atkin says:

    Not for me at all. I don’t do sports wear as casual wear no matter how high the wedge :D

  • Rosamaria says:

    In theory would love ‘em, but I always worry about wedges, would be afraid of breaking my snot. Or ankle .

  • Bellekirstin says:

    I love my wedge trainers! I think they are nearly worn out and I am on the hunt for a replacement!!

    So so comfy and stylish as i can never wear heels for more than ten mins without suffering!

  • OtherMary says:

    The Isabel Marant ones look like regular high tops, which is OK. If there is any hnit of a wedge visible then yuck. Does no one remember the wedge sneakers of nineties? Never again.

  • Annie says:

    When I first saw wedge trainers, I thought they were the weirdest pair of yokes I’d seen in a long time. Like, I actually recoiled. Fast-forward a year and many a fashionable street style blog post later and I’m now hankering after a pair myself. How does that even happen?!

  • Lynnie Lynnie says:

    Gracie – I quite seriously live in ballet flats (summer) and UGG boots (winter) and can still manage in these!

    Emma – mine are Topshop, similar to the ones above but can’t find them anymore on the website.

    MollC – totally agree re: the absolute necessity of the wedge being fully hidden. I don’t think the wedge in my TS ones is removable, it seems to be part of the insole and glued down (although I didn’t try very hard to pull it out.)

    OtherMary – oh God yeah, those 90s vaguely Converse-stylee yokes were disgusting.

  • Fee says:

    Nope, not for me. I’m 6ft so it would be crazy for me to wear concealed heels!

  • fififinx says:

    I’ve got a pair of black canvas concealed wedge ankle boots from Aldo. Do they count as ‘trainers’?? I couldn’t say, but they are SO FECKING COMFORTABLE. Really. More comfortable than flats.

  • ams says:

    bought a pair of the penney’s ones as I’m heading to the Warehouse Project in Manchester tomorrow and need a good pair of raving shoes that aren’t totally flat as my converse kill me. The first time I wore them they were a tiny bit big and I could feel blisters developing on the soles of my feet :-( I put some cushy insoles in and they’re fine now.

    I thought they were kind of gross at first but they are practical and with my size 8 feet don’t make me look like a clown with skinnies the way flat trainers would.

  • Ash says:

    I really really love them!

  • joanne says:

    Ams-naught to add except jealous of you going to the Warehouse Project, was there 4 years ago, great night

  • hopeandpray says:

    I really want a pair. I have disproportionally short legs so some secret height would really help out.

  • Aoife says:

    I’m the same, always thought they were cool but resisted cos i thought they were a fad but they’re still around and I loves me some comfortable heels! Tempted by the Dorothey Perkins black ones…

  • ams says:

    thanks Joanne – can’t wait!

  • Shygirl says:

    The glittery ones from Penneys are lovely.

  • Karen Quinn says:

    Love love love my cream/navy ones from River island, bought them in April for spring/summer but still wearing them due to the fact they feed my desire for height and comfort.

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