The Wedding Shoes: Part One

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:

Limelig

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…

BB,+WS+

Image via Blingy-Bride

Kate+Sp

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… ;)

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Mrs. Palm Tree

Age:
25
Location:
Pittsburgh, PA
Wedding Date:
May 2013

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    Mrs. Dragon 2891 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:29 pm

    I wore flats! It was awesome… and comfy. :) And I bought them at a gas station.

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    heykaraoke 1771 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:41 pm

    High heels are so overrated. I am totally with you on the clumsy, I-will-break-my-own-neck-if-I-wear-heels problem. Show us your flats already so I can drool over them! :D

    Also just fyi, so jealous that you got Limelight Images. They were my first choice but when I tried to book them (over a year out!) they were already booked for our day. Your pics are gonna rock :)

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    Mrs. Pony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:50 pm

    I loved my heels…until I took them off and realize how much pain I was in :)

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    Mrs. Palm Tree 1069 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:25 am

    @mkelove: Mrs. Coyote did this, too! I think this is a great alternative/compromise.

    @Miss Lemur: “Preferably something that don’t cost more than my dress” – PREACH.

    @Shortbread: Oh, I LOVE these! They are so ‘wedding’ to me! Is your dress vintage-y?

    @irishelly: AHHHH! Adorable! And also very ‘wedding’! I love them. :) They’d photograph so well!

    @shelly312: I like your style. ;) Also, you’re totally right, but miraculously I don’t require any alterations – just the bustle.

    @ginger8: FMIL always calls me “Grace” for this same reason. ;) Wedge flip flops are a great compromise for the girls that still want height but don’t want to be in pain. I’m a fan.

    @new york bride 13: No judgey! :) I don’t blame you at all – and at least you’ll be relatively comfortable.

    @StephanieHerbsty: Preach! A lot of girls – and Bees, too! – lament their heels after their wedding, or even a few hours in, due to the pain. I just don’t think it’s worth it, to look back on your wedding night and have one of the stand out memories be “my feet were KILLING me!”

    @mrsm915: Haha, I’ve heard the same! Aldo has great flats. I rocked heels for parts of our engagement pictures and I totally agree: so worth it.

    @ABoxForPandora: I am so sorry that happened to you! I cannot imagine how rage-y I’d be. Sigh. The silver lining: the replacement shoes look SO comfortable and I’m glad you were able to find them. Designer, too! Sa-weet!

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    HOGUE 28 posts, Newbee @ 5:31 am

    I am wearing TOMS on the big day!

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    Mrs. Palm Tree 1069 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:31 am

    @Mrs. Dragon: Your moccasin flats rocked! And I’m sure you didn’t ever have to think “ow”. Flats FTW!

    @HeyKaraoke: LOL. There’s a post coming up, I promise! And I’m so sorry that they weren’t available for your Big Day. :( I know how disappointed I would be if we weren’t able to get them. Did you end up going with another local photographer?

    @Mrs. Pony: Admittedly, heels make for some awesome pictures and of course, they make you feel all fabulous and “I am woman”-y. Oh, the things we women endure. . . ;)

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    Mrs. Palm Tree 1069 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:32 am

    @HOGUE: You’ll love my next post! ;)

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    Wedding Shoes UK, Guest @ 12:54 am

    Weddings square measure clearly terribly special occasions. within the build up to your huge day you may doubtless be hoping that everything goes to be excellent. That actually includes your garments and accessories.

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