Best Bet: Kate Spade’s Padme Wedge Heel

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With its polished finish and architectural shape, Kate Spade's metallic Padme heel could double as an art object — but don't consider it one. Instead, think of all the formal occasions that call for traipsing through green grass this summer (weddings, of course) or anticipate wearing it in the winter as a closed-toe option that offsets dark colors and woolen textures. The substantial wedge heel is easy to walk in, and the pointed toe gives it a sleek, elegant line, perfect when peeking out from under wide leg trousers.

Kate Spade Silver Padme Heel, $328 at Piper Lime.

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