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Summer 2011 Shoe Trends: The Art of the Wedge - new & unusual wedge heels

One of the most popular pieces on our site last summer was a profile on all the interesting & fabulous shoe designs, it was appropriated titled "The Art of Shoes". And here we are, almost 12 months later, ready to take another look at some fabulous new designs for Summer 2011.

We now call this "The Art of the Wedge".. and while the wedge heel isn't a brand new trend, exciting new designs have breathed new life into this footwear standard!

Celebrities have embraced major labels like Christian Louboutin, Brian Atwood and Jimmy Choo, and many of their new season arrivals continue to sell out quickly. And while celebrity style continues to influence trends, there are some fantastic designs to choose from, in a variety of price ranges. Giuseppe Zanotti also receives celebrity coverage, and we have seen the new season La Rocque (with the jewelled ankle-strap) a few times already. These are so hot, we have listed them twice! Select sizes can be found at both Selfridges and Harrods.

The selection below covers an assortment of designers, but special mention has to go to both Lanvin and Alexander McQueen for some magnificent designs. Lanvin has managed to reinvent the wedge with this animal print perspex filled wedge heel, it is both dramatic and very fashion forward. An 'object d'art', so to speak!

For your own new season wedge, the message here is to embrace the unusual, and feel free to explore your inner fashionista! On the other hand, if you prefer a more conservative style, you still can't go wrong with the basic wedge. It remains a very important shoe trend in 2011.

Summer 2011 Trends: Wedge Heels

Diane von Furstenberg Opal leather wedge sandals
Diane von Furstenber..
$295.00   £183
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Yves Saint Laurent Totem suede sculpted wedge sandals
Yves Saint Laurent T..
$995.00   £617
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Lanvin Leather and animal print Perspex sandals
Lanvin Leather and a..
$1,895.00   £1175
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Pierre Hardy Color block canvas and patent leather wedge sandals
Pierre Hardy Color b..
$630.00   £391
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Raphael Young Habaki resin and suede peep toe pumps
Raphael Young Habaki..
$845.00   £524
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Alexander McQueen Sculpted resin and leather sandals
Alexander McQueen Sc..
$3,495.00   £2167
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Ralph Lauren Fiorella Ankle Wrap Wedge
Ralph Lauren Fiorell..
$695.00   £431
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Valentino Ankle Wrap Espadrille Wedge
Valentino Ankle Wrap..
$775.00   £481
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Marc By Marc Jacobs Patent Leather Wedge
Marc By Marc Jacobs ..
$450.00   £279
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Camilla Skovgaard Saw Tooth Wedge Sandals
Camilla Skovgaard Sa..
$535.00   £332
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Alice Olivia Juliet Platform Wedge Sandals
Alice Olivia Juliet ..
$245.00   £152
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Opening Ceremony Violet Cutout Wedge Sandals
Opening Ceremony Vio..
$450.00   £279
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Casadei Vaner Wedge Shoe
Casadei Vaner Wedge ..
$1,039.50   £644
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Giuseppe Zanotti La Rocque Wedges
Giuseppe Zanotti La ..
$874.50   £542
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Lanvin Leda Wedge Sandals
Lanvin Leda Wedge Sa..
$1,056.00   £655
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Giuseppe Zanotti La Rocque Jewelled Wedge
Giuseppe Zanotti La ..
$874.50   £542
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Valentino Patent Lace Wedge
Valentino Patent Lac..
$759.00   £471
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DG Neema Leather Wedge Sandal
DG Neema Leather Wed..
$486.75   £302
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