Wedges through the ages, 1930s-now

1930s gold wedges | vintage 30s shoes | size 4.5 5 wedges

Today I’m rounding up wedges currently available for sale in small sizes starting with the oldest pair I can find, a pair of gold 1930s gems, pictured above. Apparently, Salvatore Ferragamo is credited with inventing modern wedges in the 1940s, but another source dates his invention to the mid 1930s, citing a limitation of leather and rubber as the reason he employed cork and wood. The same source says the lack of leather and rubber during World War II contributed to the wedge’s rise in popularity during that era. The wedge silhouette isn’t exactly the first shoe shape to come to mind when one thinks about the 1950s (understandable), yet examples do exist. Who knew the wedge sandal never really went out of style? But first, the 1940s.

Vintage 1940s 1950s Cream Studded Wedge Ankle Strap Peep Toe Sandals Shoes - size 35

1940s wedge.


There was the lady who lived in a shoe, and then there is the shoe with the home carved into it by hand, apparently circa 1940s.

50s wedge slippers.


70s slingback wedge. Another floral wedge.


1970s red velvet wedge platforms with flowers  - size 5 - 1970s platform sandals - red platform shoes - Taxi Driver - red platforms

Red platforms.


Psychedelic wedge.


Bright green wedge.


PEEP SHOW Vintage 1970s Suede Peep Toe Platform Sandals / Size 5 / Montgomery Ward

Peep toe platform by Montogomery Ward.


70s Platform Sandals w Fruit/ 1970s Wood and Leather Wedges/ See Thru Shoes/ Womens Size 5 5.5

Fruity platforms.


70s Vtg Whiskey Brown WOVEN Genuine Leather & Wood  Platform Wedge Sandals / Hippie Boho Stitch Bonded Made in California! 5 Eu 35

Huarache wedge. Similar pair for even smaller feet. Another similar pair.


Mix-matched lace-up slingback wedge.


Another red wedge.


Glitter wedge.


Striped foam platform wedges, circa 1990s.


90s Vtg Killer! Black + Silver STUD Velcro SPORTY Platform Wedge Sneaker BOOT / Club Kid Avant Garde Cyber Punk Deadstock! 6 - 5.5 Eu 36 35

Studded mega platforms.


DKNY clear wedge sandals / clear sandals / 90s sandals / platform wedge sandal / 5.5 - 35.5 / minimalist / clear heel sandals / clear wedges

Clear wedge.

Marc Fisher wedge, circa 2017.