Jennifer Lopez wears the Cork Wedges trend

The other day I looked through my life archives – aka Facebook photo albums – and found a picture of me in college, lying on the grass outside my friend’s dorm, a pair of cork wedge sandals clutched in my hands. I loved these shoes and was inspired to buy them after watching an episode of Gossip Girl where Blair Waldorf wears a pair of Michael Kors. My love for sandals, however, really started in 2002 when Jennifer Lopez wore them (along with tiny shorts and an oversized hat) in the “I’ll be fine” Musical clip.


Shoes were one of the sexiest styles of the early 2000s, but have since fallen out of favor. Maybe it was Snooki constantly tripping over wearing them. Jerseyshore, or simply the simple fact that cork reminds too many people to open a bottle of wine. Either way, they couldn’t be more different than another summer shoe: the Adidas Samba. Unlike the Sambas, cork wedges aren’t particularly easy to walk on, they’ve never been worn by football players, and they haven’t yet made it into Bella Hadid’s shoe rotation. But they are unexpected, underestimated and seemingly on the rise.


Jennifer Lopez wears cork wedges on honeymoon in Capri, and Amal Clooney also recently wore them on vacation while dining with George Clooney in the south of France. I too have found myself gravitating more towards cork wedges because I notoriously can’t resist a platform – and there’s something about not seeing the shoes that makes me fall in love with them all over again. .


Lopez styled her Gucci pair with a floral-print poplin dress and Hermes Kelly wicker bag that typically sells for around $54,000. Amal Clooney wore hers with a cutout Emilio Pucci dress and a pair of oversized Max Mara sunglasses. As for me, the last time I wore cork wedges was with a bandage dress and a red solo cut. But this time around, I’m going with a simple vintage strappy dress and an oversized bag, which has become my go-to summer uniform that I now realize was just missing a pair of those questionable and unfairly forgotten sandals. .


Shop the unexpected comeback trend of 2022, below.



Coconuts by Matisse Honor wedge sandals

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Jeffrey Campbell Channel Wedge Platform Sandal

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Wedge sandal J.Reneé Harita

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Cordani Joelle Platform Wedge Sandal

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Veronica Beard Dali Platform Wedge Sandals

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Salvatore Ferragamo Fieri cork wedge sandal

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Paige Taylor Platform Wedge Sandals

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