I started out thinking/knowing that I wanted coloured shoes to go under my wedding dress. I wanted a pop of colour, plus where would I wear white shoes again? I want my wedding shoes to be flat, or a 2″ heel tops. One reason for that is comfort, another reason is that Cinnamon Buns is only 4″ taller than I am, and I like being shorter than him. It’d be weird to be his height in all those photos. And even 6″ heels wouldn’t make me nearly the same height as our 6’1″ and 6’3″ bridal party members. I was also fairly sure I wanted a peep toe, and I knew that anything that had that thing between your big toe and the next one was out. I hate that feeling.
I even started browsing online for shoes before I found my dress! These were a couple of my favourites way back in the day:
Marc by Marc Jacobs 693179
See by Chloe SB 14060
Then we decided on colours, and I found a dress, so I started looking for teal, apple, or metallic shoes. I had actually almost tried on these shoes in my favourite local shoe store a few months before getting engaged. I decided not to because they were too expensive at the time, and I didn’t know where I’d wear them. Of course, they were sold out once I remembered them and realised they’d be the perfect wedding shoes.
Frye “Maya Vintage Stud“
Apple green shoes were a little hard to find. I found a few that were just a bit too casual, lots with too-high heels, and many that had been discontinued. I considered these sage green ones for a bit, because I loved the flower, but ultimately decided no.
I felt like I should consider Fluevogs, as I always admire them at the shoe store, but there weren’t any in the right colours, and all styles were a bit clunkier than I wanted. These were pretty awesome though, love the ribbon!
Fluevog “Belle Star”
If I could have found where to buy these babies, I might have. They’d be a great nod to our British heritage!
I saw these shoes on a blog somewhere, fell in love, then realised the shoes were discontinued. I stalked eBay and where ever else I could for a while, until I came across a photo of them on a person’s actual foot (which Google will not find for me again! Argh!). Do you have any idea how much toe cleavage shows through that butterfly cutout? You can see basically all your toes except toenails, and I found that toes distracted from the gorgeous laser cut-out.
Dolce Vita “Dillon”
Since getting engaged, I’ve been checking pretty much every shoe store I walk by for ‘the ones’. I hadn’t found them, until tonight! I was sitting at home, almost catatonic after work and dinner, and decided to do one of my favourite things: browse Anthropologie’s website. I haven’t stopped doing it, even though there’s an Anthro in this very city, not a 10-minute drive away! I guess I like to be up on what’s new (or you could call me obsessive). Tonight, I found these shoes:
Anthropologie Nelumbo Kitten Heels (this file is currently saved on my computer as ‘Anthropologie dream shoes’).
Pro: The dimensional flowers will match my dress!
Pro: They aren’t white!
Pro: I would totally wear these again. I need some neutral dressy shoes anyway!
Pro: The heel is listed as 2.25″ – not too tall!
Pro: Um, they’re ADORABLE?!
Con: My Anthro doesn’t carry shoes (at this point, anyway).
Con: I’d have to order them from the website, for $23 shipping (ok, whatevs) and $59.55 in duty & taxes! Total purchase = $261.09, which is cheaper than the Louboutins and Manolos some brides buy, but more than I was thinking of spending. And I resent having to pay duty. Free trade, people!
Con: Because of above-mentioned website thing, I couldn’t try them on/see them before shelling out the cash. If they don’t fit/aren’t that pretty in person I’m not sure how much shipping I’d have to pay to return them, or if I’d get my duty back.
Con: That’s a thinner heel than I’m used to. I tend to buy heels that have good, thick, 1″ square heels. That’s not the look I want on my wedding day, so I suppose I’ll be dealing with that no matter what shoes I buy.
What do you think? Should I suck up my pride and shell out the duty?