Here’s the thing about trends: They aren’t supposed to appeal to everyone and they’re certainly not built to last. The best trends are outlandish, the exact opposite of classic, universally flattering pieces (think not-too-fitted white button-downs.) I’d even go so far as to say that the best trends are….kind of ugly.
Wedge sneakers fit this definition perfectly, probably better than any other 2013 trend. When I first saw a pair of ‘snedges,’ my initial thought was “why would anyone ever wear those?” I’m not a fan of sneakers at all. I think they’re shoes that should be used but not seen, reserved only for gym sessions (there are exceptions – like these insane Miu Miu sparklers.) The idea of adding even more bulk to a pair of sneakers just seemed a little ridiculous to me.
But somewhere between seeing Rihanna rock the eff out of her snedges and watching the infamous Isabel Marant version take over, I had a complete change of heart and suddenly I just needed a pair. I wasn’t willing to shell out for the aforementioned Marants ($695 for shoes that don’t have stiletto heels? No.) and even the more reasonable version by Ash seemed steep, so I scoured lower-priced retailers until I found a pretty fantastic, insanely affordable pair of my own. The good news? They’re still available and even cheaper than ever.