In hindsight, why did I spend so much time poring over shoes when I’m going to be wearing a long dress and no one will see them anyway? I digress.
Let’s talk shoes.
You guys, I am such a magpie when it comes to shoes. Here’s the thing—clothes are fickle. Gain or lose a few pounds, and your favorite pants no longer fit. But shoes are loyal; they stand by your side and fit you perfectly no matter what the scale says. Therefore, I BUY ALL THE SHOES.
Me in DSW (Image via memegenerator.net)
Naturally, for the wedding, my feet must be clad in the finest footwear. I spent an absurd amount of time scouring Zappos, Piperlime, 6pm, BHLDN, etc. to find the perfect pair. My criteria:
And oh, the contenders…(warning: shoe porn ahead!)
Nina – Forbes (Image via zappos.com)
Go ahead and laugh at me for recommending Ivanka Trump shoes, but her Amoro pumps are my absolute favorite work shoes. Most comfortable pumps I own. You heard it here first!
Nina – Firuza (Image via zappos.com)
And so on and so forth. But then I fell in love…
Badgley Mischka – Lacie (Image via zappos.com)
“But wait!” you’re yelling. “What about your strict $100 budget?” How could I forget my budget?
Enter Amazon. I know, I’m contributing to the downfall of brick-and-mortar, mom-and-pop stores, but when I can snag a pair of $215 shoes for less than half that amount…well, who could resist? Plus, the shoes arrived with extra crystals and heel taps—it’s like Badgley Mischka knows that I am the Great Destroyer of All Pretty Things! How thoughtful! Lesson learned: If the retail price for your dream item is out of your budget, try Amazon, eBay, or the legion of third-party resellers online—you never know what’s out there!
Here’s my other advice. BUY YOUR SHOES EARLY. Should you opt to wear fancy but uncomfortable looking shoes on your wedding day, you want ample time to break those suckers in so that your feet aren’t screaming for mercy by the end of the night.
I wore these shoes (with the thickest pair of socks I could get my hands on) around my apartment for a few weeks, and I scuffed the soles with a bit of sandpaper to minimize the odds of me skidding around the dance floor. Now they fit like a dream, so my feet will look pretty and feel happy.
What shoes will you be wearing on the big day?