Cork-soled wedges have been having their modern moment for a few years now, but did you know they are actually having a comeback from the 30s and 40s? Yep, that's right. Add cork-soled wedges to the list of fashion items that have come back around.
Cork in the sole of shoes was first used in the late 1930s and early 1940s due to economic sanctions of materials during and after WWII. Salvatore Ferragamo, who is credited with inventing the wedge, improvised during the economic sanctions and found that cork worked really well as a material for the sole of wedges. Thus, the cork-soled wedges trend was born. The cork material was also incredibly lighter than other materials that had been used in the wedges, making it desired more than other materials.
Cork-soled wedges came back into fashion during the 60s and 70s as a part of the bohemian hippie style (think stereotypical 60s hippies and Woodstock). The wedges were higher than they were during WWII and usually included a platform, because every shoe in the 70s included a platform.
Today, cork wedges are higher and more intricate than ever. The majority of cork soled wedges are in the form of sandal wedges. These are great for dressing up during the summer. They keep your feet cool and are much easier to walk in than stiletto heels, thank goodness.
Cork-soled wedges are also popular in the closed-toe form, which gives a more sophisticated vibe to your outfit.
Here is some more style inspiration of how to wear cork-soled wedges.