Wedges have the power to add height without making you feel like you’re walking on stilts. Made from such materials as cork, wood and espadrille ropes and fashioned in both closed- and open-toe varieties, wedge heels span the gamut from dressed up to casual. Adding to their mystique is exceptional versatility -- pair these beauties with shorts, skirts, dresses and jeans for a pulled-together yet effortless look.

Boho Babe

Nab a pair of neutral-hued wood-heel wedges and channel your inner flower child. The chunky look of a wedge goes well with flared and wide-leg jeans as well as flowing maxi dresses -- the substantive heel offers both width and height in proportion to the fullness of the bottoms. Slip on a colorful printed maxi skirt, a white tank top and loads of beaded and braided bangles. Add brown wedges and carry a fringed bag to complete the boho vibe.

Leggy Looks

Whether you’re rocking a short summer dress, an A-line skirt or a cute pair of shorts, wedges offer more comfort than a typical heel while lending the same leg-enhancing appearance. The higher the heel, the tighter and shapelier the leg muscles seem. For a warm-weather date, wear white shorts and a blousy coral top with a high-low hem. Slip on cognac cork-heel wedges, a chunky rose-gold watch and dangling earrings for an easy-breezy look.