If the Shoe Fits

I am not a shoe person. I hate wearing them, shopping for them, and most of all paying for them. To top it off, I don’t have the smallest feet ever, so finding cute shoes for my not so tiny feet is a pain in the ass. The thing is, I want to have an insane shoe collection. Every morning when I get dressed for work I think about how much easier completing my outfit would be if I had a shoe that was [insert something I don’t have here]. In fact, I’m extra jealous of the shoe closets that look like this:

Source: Pretty Please


That being said, I was determined to find wedding shoes I loved. I was even willing to put some money (read: less than $200..nothing crazy, but more than the $20 bargain shoes I usually find) into them.

I started my search in the local department stores; Nordstrom, Belk, Dillards, Macy’s…I even made my first trip to Neiman Marcus thinking maybe I’d find something (on sale). After a little bit of searching I realized what I don’t want–boring and/or any variation of white. I really wanted orange because 1.) it’s in our wedding colors and 2.) it’s different. The problem is everything orange is also gold, which isn’t my favorite, or has cork. I don’t mind cork wedges, but it just felt a little too informal.

My next stop was online. Zappos, 6pm, Amazon…I looked through all 700 pages of shoes and narrowed it down to a few including the following: (All of these are from Zappos)

Badgley Mischka/ Not orange, but sparkle is still one of our “colors” 😉
Alexander McQueen/ Love these!

Obviously I was all over the place. Typical. The problem with all of these (well, and the fact that the Alexander McQueen’s are oh, $356 on sale) is that they’re all four inches tall or more. I’m 5’6″ and Mr. Cruise is roughly 5’9,” meaning no 4.5″ heels for me! Do you know how hard it is to find cute shoes that aren’t flats or more than 4″ tall?!

Lucky for me, Zappos saved the day because two clicks later these popped up on the side bar where they suggest shoes you might like:

Nina Forbes

They were right.

Not only do I like them, they’re only three inches high and they were available in my size! Bonus: they were under $100 with shipping. Score! I placed the order and two days later they were sitting on my doorstep when I got home from work. Zappos is efficient, ya’ll! They aren’t the most comfortable shoes in the world. It’s a little bit hard around the heel and rubs right in the prime blister spot, but they fit otherwise so I wasn’t about to return them with less than three weeks until our wedding…yeah, talk about procrastination. My second fitting is in three days, so I needed these bad boys like, two weeks ago. I went to Target and bought some Dr. Scholl’s Rub Relief Strips and my problems were completely solved. Phew!

Miracle tape

Did you take a chance on your shoes like I did? Did it work out? (I hope!)


Mrs. Cruise Ship

Charlotte, NC
Wedding Date:
August 2013
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  1. mswaterfall Bee
    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:20 am

    I actually bought those shoes in a really lovely purple for my rehersal dinner on super sale (35$!) and found them to be quite comfy. Good luck 🙂
    Ps those shoe closets are INSANE!

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    misscharlotte, Guest @ 6:57 am

    Those are my wedding shoes too (except in navy)! I need to work on breaking in those bad boys so they don’t kill me.

  3. gondola Bee
    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:06 am

    I love the bow accent!!i hope they’re comfortable. Maybe try breaking them in before the wedding?

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    meganmarie33 162 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:12 am

    Those orange shoes are to die for!! 🙂

  5. campfire Bee
    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:39 am

    Those Alexander McQueens are amazing!

    Mrs. Panda wore Forbes for her wedding and they looked awesome. Congratulations on finding your shoes!

  6. wellies Bee
    wellies 1425 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:47 pm

    Your shoes are beautiful! I love the bow. 🙂

  7. Member
    Miss_Mimosa 190 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:01 pm

    Love the shoes you picked!!

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