Every woman needs a pair of wedges in their possession. This type of high-heel has a chic, modern, and modest appearance that can add an elegant finishing touch to any attire. What’s more, their stability and support they provide give you a break from the sharp stilettos and platform heels.
If you choose Vionic, you get even more support on top of that. Vionic Shoes is a footwear brand known for its podiatrist-designed collections and their biomechanical orthotics. It provides a tasteful blend of science and style that’s aimed to provide comfort and a fashionable look. The Hoola Trixie wedge is one of many in its collection of wedges. Though it has some areas for improvement, its got lots of perks that any woman can enjoy, notably its versatility and its structural support. Read on as we go through their key features in more detail.
First and foremost, let’s discuss the brand of these sandals. Vionic Shoes
is mainly based on the work of Philip Vasyli, a renown podiatrist (or “foot doctor”). Vasyli was considered to be a pioneer and an innovator in lower-limb biomechanics, and in his career, he realized that the treatments for foot issues like over-pronation
and plantar fasciitis
were all very pricey. This didn’t make sense considering how common these issues are. Because of this, he invented one of the first orthotics that was heat-moldable as a cost-effective option for his patients.
Vionic, with its award-winning Orthaheel orthotic, was created based on Vasyli’s work. The brand offers many collections of footwear that provide biomechanical support to the wearer. By encouraging the healthy alignment of the foot, they are great not only to treat foot ailments like over-pronation and plantar fasciitis, but also to ensure that healthy feet can stay healthy. In short, the brand strives to combine science and style to provide the optimal experience for its customers.
Not many colorways are offered with this mode. There are only three different color options: light grey, toffee, and black. All three are fairly neutral tones that you can pair with pretty much anything and are very suitable for the autumn palette. So even though there aren’t more choices, these three alone can get you a long way. In addition, the wedge outsole is always the same as the upper color. The lack of contrast between the upper and sole color, however, makes the shoe look like one big block. It may make your feet look large and clunky, and overall creates a not-so-stylish effect—but that’s just our take. Fashion is, after all, a matter of personal preference.
As we mentioned earlier, Vionic is well-known for its orthotic and biomechanical designs. Their footwear is always made with comfort and support in mind, and this pair is no exception. The man-made footbed is more curved than that of the typical shoe in order to fit the natural contours of the foot. It hugs the arches to provide structural support
, and cushions the ball of the feet to absorb the shock of your footfalls. As we’ll explain in more detail later, the heel design of this shoe also ensures that you stay balanced and stable. Though the heel height of this pair means that they are still far from providing the same comfort as sneakers or flats, they would definitely exceed those of similar styles.
When it comes to style, we have to say that this pair definitely doesn’t exceed expectations. There are, however, some good aspects to them. The fun, quirky look of the peep toe provides a nice contrast to the modest, full-cover upper. What stands out most about them is their slingback design
, which features a strap crossing behind the heel. This is not to be confused with the ankle-strap, which loops completely around the ankle. Though the slingback design has been around for a few decades now, the open-heel look can still add a touch of uniqueness to the look. However, when contrasted with the modest upper and the somewhat blocky look of the wedges, it may seem to stand out a bit too weirdly. In addition, as we mentioned before, the color uniformity of the upper and outsole creates a chunky effect.
Vionic states that it tries its best to ensure sizing accuracy, but that if you want to double-check, you can always consult the fit tips and shoe size conversion guides
that they provide on their website. According to customer feedback, his particular pair seems to be fairly accurate, if not slightly large. Women’s whole and half sizes are offered, as well as two different width options, which is a huge advantage if you’ve got wide feet and usually struggle with finding footwear of a comfortable width. When ordering this pair, you’ll simply have to make sure you choose the size marked with a “W” for “wide.” Benefits are also provided by the slingback straps: the metal buckles render them adjustable in size, and also makes them easy to slip on without having to re-adjust.
We’ll start off by reminding you that, when you’re walking on an outsole that’s 3-inch high, you can never really be stable. The closer you stay to the ground, the easier it is to keep your balance—and relatively speaking, 3 inches isn’t exactly “close.” However, the wedge design does a lot to counterbalance this (no pun intended). By providing full contact of the outsole and the ground, wedges
provide more stability than stilettos
and even chunky heels
. This reduces some of the foot fatigue that you get from walking in high-heels. The sawtooth rubber outsole also aims to provide grip, though customers claim that this is not very effective and that the outsoles are slippery nonetheless. The clunkiness and weight of wedges might also undermine their stability.
This pair is pricey, though not too unreasonably so
. It is on the expensive end of the price spectrum compared to other wedges by Vionic. If you like the wedge design but want something that’s more in your budget, we recommend you check out Tawny, Loika, or Kaitlyn instead. On the bright side, the Hoola Trixie is still cheaper than Vionic clogs and booties, which, it can be argued, are more similar to them in style than wedge sandals. Part of the reason why Vionic footwear is slightly more costly than certain other lifestyle footwear brands is because of their biomechanical and orthotic design. It’s only reasonable that high-quality comfort should come at a higher price!
The simplicity and modesty of these wedges make them suitable for casual and semi-formal events alike. Like we said, their uppers cover almost the entire foot, giving the shoe an impression of modesty. But it is also accented with the peep-toe and open heel, which are more casual. They are great for partying and for Friday nights. However, they also have enough elegance for events like graduations and dinners. On top of that, their neutral and uniform color allows them to be paired with a wide range of different colors and patterns. Wear them with ripped jeans, trousers, skirts, or dresses and walk out there with confidence.
Last but not least, you can’t just wear a pair of shoes without caring for them afterward. Cheap synthetic footwear could do without it, but if the pair is as pricey as this one and has uppers made of suede or leather, you’ll want to make sure it’s well preserved. To get rid of dirt or dust, Vionic recommends that you use a dry, cotton cloth to wipe it away. Do not use cleaners with acid or detergents as it could damage or spoil the material. Also remember to keep them away from direct heat such as sunlight, as it could cause the suede to shrink or stiffen. Keep them in a cool, dry place, but if they happen to get wet, let them dry naturally.
To summarize, the Hoola Trixie wedge is most advantageous in its versatility and biomechanical support. Its colorways are neutral and easy to match with an outfit, and its modest yet quirky style makes them suitable for both casual and semi-formal events. Its footbed is biomechanical and made to hug the arches and cradle the heels of the foot, ensuring that the foot stays in its alignment. What’s more, it comes in whole and half sizes and is offered in two widths. Its downsides are that it is pricey, has a slippery outsole, and that the coloration of the outsole can create a chunky effect on the feet.
Keep in mind, however, that there are no real rules in fashion apart from staying true to yourself.