Comfort key: The wedge is a smart option when you need a heavier shoe that still looks sophisticated. But walking on a wedge can feel trickier than tightrope walking. Shop for a medium-to-low heel to reduce forefoot pressure and back pain.
Editor’s pick: The 1-inch “Air Linden Ballet” wedge from Cole Haan. Shock absorption is always a plus, and this style has a high-tech Nike Air sole.