I have a shoe obsession. I’ll admit it to you easily and proudly. I love the things that go on my feet! (I’m not alone…right? Right?!)
What this means is that when I first started thinking about shoes for my wedding, I knew they had to be fancy.
I talked to you already about the shoes I’ll wear at the reception, but I always knew that I’d wear heels for the pictures and the ceremony. I mean, bum knee aside, why wouldn’t I want to be fancy?
When I first started looked for shoes, I was drawn toward the blue shoe trend. I’m a pop-of-color kind of gal, so I wanted to carry that into my wedding look.
Evie was the first shoe I fell in love with. The low heel promised long wear and the color was beautiful. I happened to find a pair (in white) on eBay, which I purchased. I wore them to my first couple of bridal appointments, but then I realized something important: they didn’t wow me (particularly because I hadn’t been able to find the blue pair on sale). So I moved on.
The next pair of shoes I found was love at first sight. I fell hard for them and have coveted them ever since. The price, though, was unbearable. How could I justify spending $755 on a pair of shoes?
Manolo Blahnik Sedaraby via Nordstrom
I resisted even trying them on for the longest time because I was afraid that they’d be wonderful (or horrible). I held out for well over a year, but I put them on recently and they are a DREAM. It’s just not fair!
I went through a series of trial relationships and break-ups with some more shoes.
RSVP Shelby via Zappos
I couldn’t quite get the size right on these—the 7.5 was too big (surprising), but the 7 was way too small. (I’m normally a 7.5–8). Plus that nub on the top was noticeable to me through the toe box.
RSVP Pretty via Amazon
I was so hopeful about these. They looked like (way) less expensive versions of my dream shoe! When they arrived, the pair I received had the decoration off-center. Disappointing, but not the end of the world. When I tried them on, though, they hurt. A definite deal-breaker.
Feeling sad about my prospects, I stopped looking for a while. Then, while browsing at Nordstrom for something completely different, I met a new contender.
Glint Radiance via Nordstrom
These shoes were blingy, the right shade of blue, and surprisingly comfortable. I began to wear them to my dress appointments, and everywhere I showed them off I received all kind of compliments.
Unfortunately, my relationship with Radiance began to falter. It first started when the bling got caught on the lining/lace of a dress I was trying on. Not a big deal, but something I noticed. The kicker (get it?), however, came when I noticed that my foot was starting to slip out of the back, where it hadn’t before. Much to my dismay, the heel of the shoes had stretched out and made it so that I had to be extremely careful with each step in order to keep the shoes on my feet. Not exactly a winning prospect when I’ll likely be thinking of about a million other things on my wedding day.
So Radiance and I had to break up. Nordstrom has a generous return policy, so they took the shoes back without any problems.
I began to flirt with other shoe ideas.
Billie was promising and gorgeous. Sparky actually ended up buying them for me for Christmas. When they arrived, I put them on and winced. That toe box was SO painfully tight. My options at that point were to have the toe box stretched (which could have deformed the shoes) or return them. I decided to return them.
Sawyer by Kate Spade
I briefly consider Sawyer but decided that I really wanted blue shoes.
When looking around on wedding re-sale sites, I happened upon another pair of Manolo Blahniks.
These were promising—they were marked down to $250, were in what I thought would be my size (7.5), and, best of all, were being sold by someone in Seattle. I actually got in touch with the seller, but then I hesitated. They’re gorgeous shoes but they just didn’t speak to me in the same way.
So what was I to do?
Enter Sparky: he knew I loved the Manolo Blahnik Sedaraby shoes. He knew I was mooning after them but also knew I couldn’t afford to spend that much money on them. This was particularly apparent when he ended up buying his expensive shoe crush. Since the Kate Spade Billies hadn’t worked out, I had a credit of sorts. He offered to buy the shoes for me. I counter-offered splitting the cost, and he agreed. It ended up being more than I meant to spend on wedding shoes, but they are insanely gorgeous and comfortable (for being 3.5-inch heels—let’s be honest, right?).
Most important of all: they make me happy.
My pretties! (Please ignore the bandage—I’m in the process of rehabbing my ankle from a running injury.) / Personal photo
What shoes did you end up with for your wedding? Do you wish you’d gone with something else? Were they the ones you thought you’d end up with?