The comfort of the Inspiration Wedge Ankle Boot should definitely be the first thing that we talk about - because it’s amazing. There’s not much to say besides the fact the breathability of this boot makes it the best comfort you can expect from a shoe - it keeps your foot dry and sweat-free, which can be a smelly problem when it comes to the winter season. The slim design also makes your foot feel snug throughout the day, and not slipping and sliding in and around the footwear. The insole also offers a cushioned little cloud for your foot, especially the ball and considering the fact that there is a cute little wedge to consider, this is an awesome addition for your foot to enjoy. Finally, the breathable membrane which encases the inside of this model makes the Geox D Inspiration Wed C just a really great, comfortable and practical choice for your newest wardrobe addition
Sole & Breathability
The sole is probably the best, and most talked about component of the Inspiration Wedge Ankle Boot. It is Italian patented, breathable and made of TPU, offering the same level of comfort and grip of a rubber sole without the nasty side effect of overheating
. The sole is perforated, allowing for natural temperature control through a breathable yet resistant and water-repellent membrane. The membrane is located actually in the sole of the boot, and as its micropores are larger than water vapor molecules but smaller than water drops, it allows sweat to escape whilst the boot remains mostly water resistant.
Now, you’re probably asking why it matters that the sole is made of TPU (or what TPU even is) - and it absolutely matters. TPU, or thermoplastic polyurethane, is a marvelously lightweight material that generally lasts longer than other sole materials, meaning you will have a durable shoe
sole without the heavy consequences. It is also really resistant to splitting, deflects a lot of abrasions and isn’t affected by oils and chemicals. Therefore, all these aspects put together mean the D Inspiration Wedge model by Geox has a really really awesome sole and you should definitely consider investing in a pair!
The Flexibility and versatility of this ankle model can mean a few things, and in this case, the ability for the D Inspiration Wedge C to go from day to night is pretty impressive. The suede upper offers a level of dressiness to any outfit but is still suitable for a coffee date or dinner at your local burger restaurant. Also, due to the breathability of the boot, they can be worn in lots of different weather conditions and your foot will stay comfortably cool/warm/cozy/happy regardless, which is a big tick when you don’t have time to change your entire outfit
The limited colorways do place a slight dampen on the versatility of this boot though - yes, black and chestnut (which is actually closer to light grey) are probably two of the most flexible colors (besides brown) that a boot can be produced in, but not everyone wants black or chestnut boots. Some people want blue or green or white boots, and the Inspiration Wedge Ankle Boot just aren’t available. The black pair is super cute though and go with everything!
The heel height on a boot can be a tricky thing sometimes - a little heel is great, but if it gets too high then it just becomes uncomfortable. The Inspiration Wedge Ankle Boot, however, has managed to balance the height quite well, with a 7 cm (2.7 inch) wedge elastic heel that is visible yet still comfortable. A wedge heel offers a greater base of support than a high heel, meaning the wearer shouldn’t experience as much short-term discomfort as someone wearing similar-height high heels
A wedge also offers much better arch support, as they generally have a larger footprint, and this results in you being able to walk further and more comfortably. Finally, a wedge is more stable as your foot is touching more surface area than a pair of high heels, meaning less strain on the ball of your foot and usually more cushioning. If these aren’t great reasons to invest in a pair of wedges, specifically the Inspiration Wedge C, as opposed to that super overpriced pair of high heels, I don’t know what is!
The insole of a shoe, especially one with a wedge, is a pretty important part of the overall construction. And, in the case of the Inspiration Wedge Ankle Boot, the insole combined with the sole really is what sets this shoe apart from its competitors. Sure, the awesome patented sole does a lot of the work when it comes to the fancy technology, but the insole plays an integral part too. The synthetic insole allows the sole to do all its clever work by ensuring the ideal microclimate to keep the wearer's foot healthy and dry, all through natural temperature regulation
. It is also super comfy and cushy, meaning those long days running around no longer result in aching feet and sore arches. The insoles of the Geox D Inspiration Wedge C really are the unsung heroes of this stylish shoe.
The shoe uppers of the Inspiration Wedge Ankle Boot are made of leather and suede, which is the perfect combination for this stylish shoe and offers a level of timelessness about them. It also helps to hold the wearer's foot in the shoe, and it looks mighty fashionable while it does it, so you can’t complain about any of that.
As mentioned below though, this boot only comes in two colorways (black and chestnut), so the shoe uppers aren’t a plethora of colors, however, they are made of quality materials and are worth the purchase price
. The black boot is black all round including the wedge and sole, whereas the chestnut pair is a light grey color on the top of the foot and black on the heel and wedge area. It is interesting management of colors for this style of boot, however, combined with the leather and suede uppers it just works… I’m not sure how, but it does.
The width and size of ankle boots can be quite a troublesome area, especially when there are heels and/or wedges involved. In some cases, brands overcompensate for wearers potentially ‘sliding’ forward and around their shoes by having an extra narrow fit and, on the flip
side, some don’t want to be seen as overcompensating and therefore make their boots way too wide. Confusing I know. But, in the case of the D Inspiration Wedge C by Geox, they have erred on the side of caution and made these shoes a little narrow. Not aggressively, you need to buy up 2 sizes narrow, but narrow enough that some people have chosen to go up around ½ size or so when purchasing a pair. No one is suggesting that this is a flaw of the boot, more of a ‘just so you know’ statement when looking at sizing. And the narrow width is very complimentary to most feet, which is an absolute bonus for all outfits and seasons.
Now, the colorways for the Inspiration Wedge Ankle Boot
aren’t mind-blowingly great. There is an all-black pair, which is an awesome versatile option that goes with most things, and also what is known ‘chestnut’. The chestnut, however, looks more like a light grey color, and has a black wedge and black heel and sole section… and that’s all. No other color options appear to be available at this time, which could be a little bit of a downfall for a lot of people. In saying this, black boots are a pretty basic staple for most people's wardrobes, and the black Inspiration Wedge Ankle Boot should definitely have a place in your shoe collection
. But if you are looking for something a little different, like a shade of purple or perhaps some olive green or brown options, this boot isn’t for you. It is worth noting that the suede outer does give a lot of depth to both colors, which is a really nice touch and sets it apart from other leather options, but if you look at the big picture there are only two colors available. This shouldn’t put you off the colors that are available though.
The Inspiration Wedge Ankle Boot has a narrow fit, which can alter the size some people choose to purchase. In saying this, the narrow fit is very complimentary to the wearers' foot, especially the chestnut pair, and offers a stylish and classic silhouette
to a variety of day and night wear. The patented sole also offers a cushioned fit if you are completing a lot of walking, and the breathable membrane ensures that your foot is comfortable yet breezy at all times. The side zip is also a cute addition to the boot, as well as offering an extra level of reinforcement to the wearers' ankle when they’ve been on their feet all day. You would also think the wedge affects the way in which the boot fits, however it actually offers an extra level of support to the ball of your foot and makes the all over fit more comfortable. All-in-all, the fit of the Inspiration Wedge Ankle Boot is one of its best features!
These boots are worth adding to your shopping cart - definitely. If you look at the overall picture, the patented sole in itself is worth the price and then you add all the other cool features, like a practical wedge, breathable insole, and complimentary width and fit, and it is hard to pass up on the Geox D Inspiration Wedge C. Now, the colors offered are a little on the slow side, but black and chestnut go with everything so the chosen options are not all that bad. The suede uppers offer a level of timelessness and classiness to the boot, meaning it can easily transition from day to night and offers a versatile style that can easily be worn in a variety of scenarios
. Add to all of this the cute little side zip (which offers extra ankle support!) and the high level of breathability across the entire boot, and this should be enough to have you running to your closest store (or clicking on the online option) to purchase a pair or two. They will remain on trend throughout the year, meaning incredible value for money, and will solidify the perfect place in your casual/dressy/unsure of the dress code section of your wardrobe after the first time you’ve worn them. You won’t regret your decision!