Shoe Dreams

I frickin’ love shoes. My closet is completely filled to the brim with beautiful shoes. The thing that pushes it over the edge is that I tend to be a bargain shopper. So if I find a super-cute pair of flats for $12 and they come in three different colors, I end up saying, “They’re so cheap! I can buy all three!” And as a result”¦my closet is completely full.

Naturally, wedding shoes have been on my mind since the very beginning of my engagement. My dream pair?


Kate Spade’s “Charm” / Photos by Ryan Phillips

Image by Ashely Daniell Photography

Oh, Kate Spade, you know exactly what I want. I love Kate Spade so much that I wrote a little haiku:

Glitter, Sparkle, Shine.

A tiny pep in my step.

Kate, you know my heart.

Can we just take a moment to admire some of Kate Spade’s beautiful creations?

Image via Kate Spade


Image from La Petite Maison


Image from The Tiara Blog

Sigh”¦but you know, as much as I love Kate Spade, I’ve never actually had a pair of Kate Spade shoes on my feet. Those beauties from the first two pictures are her “Charm” shoes, and they retail for $325. :( I’m usually unwilling to spend more than $50 or so on a pair of shoes, so $325 is just waaaaaaaay too much for me.


What’s really silly is that I probably won’t even wear heels. I hardly ever do, and I’m pretty sure I’ll want to wear flats, especially because our ceremony is going to be outside. But of course, I could always wear these flats”¦


Image from Kaboodle

They’re $40 cheaper! But still $285”¦sad day. I think I’m going to have to give up on my dreams of a Kate Spade shoe. I just wish there were good look-a-likes. But I don’t think I’m going to find that signature bow anywhere else.

Suggestions, hive?


Mrs. Blue Whale

College Park, MD
Wedding Date:
May 2013
We Start Today: Family Formals
Lives Intertwined: The Ceremony
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    anjanette.thomas1 166 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:33 am

    Have you thought about diy? It’s so simple..the bow can be made out of ribbon and it takes less than 5 minutes.

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    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:45 am

    Stalk eBay!!! I just looked up the first pair you posted (Kate Spade Charm) and found 5 pairs for sale. I bought a once-worn pair of Badgley Mischkas off eBay for $90 and was very very happy – maybe you could do the same?

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    Miss Care Bear 193 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:45 am

    DIY that sh*t!!!! You can totally recreate that look on your own, and if you fail, you’ll only have spent a few bucks on supplies. If you’re uncertain, maybe practice on an old pair that you’re willing to sacrifice, or buy some from goodwill. Mod-Podge + Glitter + Ribbon, oh my! 😉

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    emma20130601 341 posts, Helper bee @ 6:20 am

    These are also my dream shoes!! I found a look-alike pair though for 80$ – look up J. Renee Rosina! :)

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    castle 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:27 am

    Love all those shoes and I love your haiku :)

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 6:31 am

    @Miss Care Bear: @anjanette.thomas1: i second these ladies! i bet you could easily DIY…

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    Red Poppy 31 posts, Newbee @ 6:34 am

    Love sparkly and glittery shoes!!

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:45 am

    DSW knocked them off. No idea how comfy they are (I find Kate Spade shoes super comfy!), but they meet your budget.,dsw12cat1190016

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    Mrs. B., Guest @ 6:47 am

    They just did a “can’t afford it, get over it” with Kate Spade glitter shoes. This should give you some good ideas about cheap alternatives. The budget they worked with was $55.

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    Sam, Guest @ 6:47 am

    Join Gilt! They actually are just finishing up a Kate Spade shoe sale: via @Gilt

    I’d also look into joining some of the other online sample sites like Hautelook, Ruelala, Ideeli…

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    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 7:18 am

    @mink: What! I stalk DSW all the time. How could I miss these?!

    @Emma20130601: I just bought them!! I hope they fit. They were out of 8.5, which is my usual size but I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the 8’s!

    @Sam: I’ve been trying and trying (for days…I’m already a Gilt member) to get that page to load because I was so excited about that sale. But the page just. won’t. load. Grrrrrrr.

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    iammcdibble 995 posts, Busy bee @ 7:58 am

    EBay! I got a brand new pair of Badgley Mischka’s for $60 thanks to my obsessive EBay stalking.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 7:58 am

    I just love these sparkly shoes, I can’t wait to see how these work our for you!

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    stephlovessaul 87 posts, Worker bee @ 8:38 am

    DIY! There are sooo many tutorials online! Find a pair of super comfy flats and have at it! You could probably find a bow clip on etsy or something :)

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    Miss Pez 267 posts, Helper bee @ 9:28 am

    Buy a pair of heels and flats, then DIY! That way you have options. ANd I am sure you can buy everything for less than $50 for both pair of DIY shoes. SHop at Payless or TJMaxx for a cheapy pair of heels and flats, and Michaels or Hobby Lobby for the glitter and glue. Bam! Shoes done! Tehe.

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    ABoxForPandora 36 posts, Newbee @ 9:45 am

    I bought a pair of shoes at Zappos, but they were silver, and kind of ugly. You’d be amazed what some white paint, mod-podge, and glitter can do! They look so pretty, I can’t wait to wear them! If you DIY a pair, they may not be exactly what you wanted, but it can be a million times better!

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    bridesmomma 476 posts, Helper bee @ 10:23 am

    Ahhhh….but they are soooo cute…I vote splurge and buy them! 😉

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    Bsw, Guest @ 4:43 pm

    I saw the black/silver version of Kate spade charms on sale at tj Maxx for $130 or so. Check out the discount stores!

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 5:50 pm

    I’m not sure on the bow, but these are totally DIY. I glittered heels Kelly green for St. party’s Day and they withstood downtown drinking adventures for the day, so I say that’s always a possibility!

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    kbiceling 298 posts, Helper bee @ 7:39 pm

    Keep an eye out for sales – they have them quite frequently! If you’re not already a member of their e-mail list you can get 15% off if you sign up!

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    sarahblais 120 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:56 pm

    I really love the Kate Spade Corinne shoe (the teal with silver glitter) and they are even on sale right now at Zappos – but even the sale price ($263) is too much for me!

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    Ms.Ninja 219 posts, Helper bee @ 11:34 am

    What about these bad boys?

  23. bluewhale Member
    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 12:25 pm

    @Ms.Ninja: I love the Bee! Someone else suggested these too, and I already ordered them!! Thanks!!

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    elibas 245 posts, Helper bee @ 7:16 am

    Have you seen these?,cat20006

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    elibas 245 posts, Helper bee @ 7:39 am

    @Miss Blue Whale: Sorry I forgot to use the reply button in my previous comment.

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    Bride2bSy, Guest @ 9:50 am

    I Gave in to these shoes. I bought them on piperlime using a giftcard i received for my birthday, Bana Republic rewards points, using my br card extra discount of 15% plus another 10% piperlime had.. They were still expensive. I figured its my wedding and i am going to treat myself to the most fun fab shoes out there and i am a big fan of katespade girly/ladylike look… I am so excited about these shoes :) and my wedding colors are navy with Hot Pink… So much fun

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