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by on September 28, 2012

The sneaker wedge (love them or leave them) is arguably the biggest shoe trend since their debut a couple of seasons ago. With every off brand knocking-off Isabel Marant’s trademark, we started to wonder where she got the inspiration. Find out after the jump.

Isabel Marant Sneaker Wedge Inspiration Came from her Teenage Years

Miranda Kerr wearing Isabel Marant’s trademark sneaker wedge

Seen on celebrities such as Leandra Medine, Kate Bosworth, and Beyonce, the sneaker wedge has completely permeated the fashion world. The original design from French designer Isabel Marant and her inspiration for the it-shoe of the year came from something she used to do as a teenager.

She told Fashionista, ”It’s something I did since I was a teenager. I would cut up cork and put pieces of cork into my sneakers because I wanted to look taller“. Marant wanted to give women the appearance of longer legs and combined it with the comfort of a sneaker.

She elaborated, ”Sneakers are so comfortable but at the same time it’s not very elegant. To have a little heel in it makes a difference, it gives you legs-I mean, I know women, I am a woman, so I know what we are searching for!”

And with every off brand (and several designers) knocking off Isabel’s design, it looks like the sneaker wedge is here to stay. And good luck trying to get your hands on one of the originals. Nearly every time a new style is released on, the style is sold out even with their hefty price tag of around £400.

Isabel’s realistic view on fashion has lead her to believe that sometimes you want look nice, but at the end of the day still want to be comfortable. She said, “I think most of the time when you dress in the morning, you go towards something that’s very pretty but at the end you say, ‘Ah, no, I’m having a hard day, I need to have something easy that I’m not afraid to break.’ It’s a balance of fashion and a way of life.”

There’s a lot that we can learn from the upcoming French designer. Whether her next innovation can top the success of the sneaker wedge or not is hard to say, but at least she will look chic doing it. And arguably more comfortable than the rest of the fashion world.

If you want your sneaker wedges to stand out in the crowd, here are 17 unique ways to tie their laces. 



Contributed by Emily Draznik

Chicago transplant and aspiring gay icon. I hold the belief that puns are the highest form of humor and love writing about fashion and everything in between.

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