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What to Do When You Don't Want a Heel Or a Flat? 14 Wedge Shoes to Solve Your Indecision

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Unless you're Beyonce Knowles, there will be times when a power heel just won't do. Like, anywhere there's sand or a nice lawn to walk across, or those run-around days when you need the polish of a heel, but the ease of a flat sole. Enter that trusty summer staple: the wedge shoe, the perfect go-between for mobility and a little height. We've rounded up 14 of our favorite wedges, running the spectrum of Dolce Vita's maximally vertical enhancing platforms, to the literally more down-to-earth Madewell mini-wedges.—Julie Chen
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