Not to freak you out, but wedges are officially coming back from the dead. Whether you never stopped wearing them (kudos to you if so), or you felt the need to ditch the style immediately post-college graduation, everyone and their mother has a tumultuous relationship with the shoe style, so there’s no denying that that a 2023 return is literally shocking news. But before you fully freak out, the wedges that are coming back now are far from the chunky platform wedges you used to know. The shapes this year are much sleeker and the designers behind them are much buzzier.
Thanks to Bottega Veneta and Khaite, 2023’s wedges are defined by cutout heel shapes that could be works of art in their own right, and many other designers are following suit. With sculptural shapes and streamlined, non-platform silhouettes, I’d even go so far as to say that wedges are *the* shoe trend of the moment and the retailers carrying these styles you’re about to see below are proving me right. Even the fall 2023 collections echoed this sentiment with Ferragamo, Givenchy, and Missoni showing sleek wedges via slingback and Mary-Jane styles that convinced us this isn’t just a one-off shoe moment—it’s whole trend movement. Now that spring has finally arrived, we’re ready to depart from our old ways and preconceived notions and embrace the trend for all it’s worth.
Ahead, see where we’ve charted 2023’s wedge shoe trend from the runways to fashion people’s feeds and then shop the pairs that are defining the movement.