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Wedge (footwear)

Wedged-heeled sandals

Wedge boots, wedgies, or lifties are shoes and boots with a sole in the form of a wedge, such that one piece of material, normally rubber, serves as both the sole and the heel.

This design dates back to ancient Greece.[1] Greek Actors used to wear these shoes to signify status. These were curial so the audience can be able to identify who is of importance in stage plays. According to the Kennedy Center, "tragic actors would don shoes called 'buskins', or raised platform shoes, to symbolize their superiority over comic actors, who would wear plain socks."[citation needed]

  1. ^ Bergstein. Page 21.