06/27/2012 11:17 am ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

The Best Summer Wedges Of 2012: For When You Want Shoes That Give You Height, Not Pain (PHOTOS)

Many girls will consider forgoing paying their rent for a pair of Manolo Blahnik stiletto heels. They're elegant and sexy and can easily take your look from day to night, but they pose a few problems. Your heels sink in the grass at all those summer weddings (so embarrassing), and after a few blocks of teetering along in the vertiginous kicks, you're ready to cut your feet off at the ankles.

A simple solution are wedge sandals. They offer more support (especially in the oft-overlooked arch area) and they don't have to be sky-high. Whether you choose a wooden, raffia or espadrille style, they are a gorgeous way to give you some height without the pain of what some people call "torture devices."

Here, 15 wedge sandals for under $100. Pair them with your maxi dress and sunglasses and you're ready for that music festival.

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