Enter the CoSTUME NATIONAL Vima Wedge. I was at a TNT outlet sale one weekend and snagged these babies for $99 mid-check out. Score. They're not quite classic; the carved wood wedge and the black leather accents keep it from being too basic, but that's exactly what I've been missing. From the front they look like a classic, almond shaped peep-toe nude heel that comes pretty close to my skin colour, but the wedge is what makes it for me. I thoroughly adore all 3.25 inches of polished grainy gray, visible only when I walk away.
What's the expression? Business in the front, party in the back.