One of the things I’m most excited about are The Wedding Shoes. This was actually a really easy decision for me. It was something I had tossed around in my head for a long time and, after a few encouraging discussions with Bridesmaid Y, I went for it.
Let me start by clarifying: there was no way in h-e-double-hockey-sticks that I would be wearing anything close to heels for our wedding. Period. Number one: I’m tall. I’m 5’9″. Mr. Palm Tree, on the other hand, is like 5’11″ (“and three quarters!” he would add). Number two: I am clumsy. As in, I can barely walk barefoot without tripping, falling, stumbling, etc. Number three: I have a bunch of ankle/foot/back issues, most of which stem from a combination of my completely flat feet and my weak ankles that required me to wear high tops until I was 10 (no joke, hive, no joke). Number four: They. Are. Not. Comfortable. Period. All of the above combined meant that I was very clearly going to be rockin’ flats from the get-go.
I wasn’t upset about this fact. I’ve been joking about it for years. “Well, I’ll be in ballet slippers anyway,” was my standard comment. I would also follow it up with, “No one’s going to see my shoes anyway, who cares?”
Uh, apparently everyone. Turns out, Wedding Shoes are a big freakin’ thing. Wedding Shoes are deserving of a dedicated blog post. Wedding Shoes inspire polls and inspiration collages. Wedding Shoes get their own picture (or set of pictures) on the big day. Even my own photographers had a few Wedding Shoe shots in their sample portfolio online:
Photo via Limelight-Images / Our photographers rock—taking something that goes on your stinky feet and making it look awesome and interesting.
Photo via Limelight-Images / The “I Do” is a different touch, BUT DO YOU SEE THOSE HEELS?!
OK, so shoes are a big deal to people. While I’ve NEVER been a Carrie-Bradshaw-esque shoe girl, I could understand it. Personally, I own more flip-flops than I do anything else and it wasn’t until my “big girl job” that I actively purchased real shoes—even still, I own maybe 10 pairs of different shoes and a pair of boots. But now, I was on a mission. While most girls searched for shoes like these to rock on the big day…
Image via Blingy-Bride
Image via Kate Spade / Kate Spade’s Charm…for $325…
…I did not even glance at them. First of all, I would like to exit my wedding sans neck brace and/or heating pad on my busted back. Seriously, one time I wore a pair of bootie heels to a bar with friends and thought since they laced I could just tie them very tightly and I’d be all right. Uh, the next day I could not move or breathe. I seriously threw out my back. Secondly, $325 for shoes named after a stripper? I’ll pass.
So the shoe hunt continued…