No one will see my wedding shoes unless they happen to be looking in the corner of the reception as I break it down on the dance floor, barefoot. Right? Wrong. Wedding shoes have become such a “thing,” and even though I never intended to let it become anything I waste effort on, it certainly has. And I probably have my sister to blame (sorry!).
My sister/MOH NYC has a good friend who works in the shoe department at Bergdorf Goodman. She made a big deal about how he wanted to help me pick out shoes and that he could get me a good deal, yada, yada, yada. I went in with a pretty open mind and only a few requirements: navy or gold (or neutral) and not too expensive. Have you guys ever looked at the Bergdorf shoe section? Their shoes are certainly not within my regular shoe budget, and I was pretty confident they wouldn’t be within my wedding shoe budget, either. My sister told me just to send her friend some ideas and we would go from there. OK, I can do that! I scoured their site and stumbled upon the shoe of my dreams, the Valentino Jewelry-Bow Couture d’Orsay:
Image via Bergdorf Goodman
You. Guys. Seriously. How gorgeous is that shoe? Well, it is approximately $1,095 worth of gorgeous. Yeah, no. Not happening. I sent him that shoe with the request to find something like that but for cheaper. I wish I was here to tell you that you can get a stunning Valentino gold bow situation for—like—$200. But you can’t. According to my sister’s friend, you can’t really get anything good for “under $1,000.” HAH! Then I guess I will go barefoot?
Back to the drawing board I went. My Gchats were filled with shoe suggestions to and from NYC and Bridesmaid BOC.
Kate Spade New York Glam / Image via Zappos
Kate Spade New York Latrice / Image via Bergdorf Goodman
Badgley Mischka Regine / Image via Badgley Mischka
I liked all of these, but none of them felt like “it” and none of them were (at that time) a great bargain. And then it happened—BOC sent me the Kate Spade Charm.
Kate Spade Charm / Image via Footnotes Online
It was love at first sight. I really adore this shoe and I think it would work so well with my dress and my colors. The problem? It is $325—definitely more than I want to spend. Also, originally Sister NYC wasn’t too excited about the glitter, which put doubts in my own mind. She has since changed her mind and I think she now loves them, but what if the glitter really is too much?
I have done my research and I know there are knockoffs of this beauty out there, but I don’t want a knockoff—I want a really good sale. Is that too much to ask? I am hoping to get as lucky as Mrs. Wallaby and find them on eBay or another site like that. I do want to try them on first, but I don’t know if that is an option for me. I still have a few months before I start dress fittings, so I can afford to take some more time looking for a deal.
Does anyone have suggestions for a different shoe or a different way of finding these? Anyone buy their wedding shoes without trying them on? And yes, this is the definition of #firstworldproblems.