Bonus points if you know where that quote is from.
I have a lot of shoes. At the last inventory count it was 108 pairs. No, that’s not a typo. Each season I try to edit my collection and purge the pairs that I no longer wear or have seen better days, so I’m probably down to a more manageable number of 90 or so pairs.
My shoe addiction is genetic. My family is one of DSW’s VIP customers, which means we have bought so many shoes from DSW that they have basically knighted us and greet us with rose petals when we enter the store. OK, that doesn’t really happen, but we do get invited to DSW red carpet events like the ribbon cutting ceremonies of new store openings in NYC and LA.
My checklists are telling me I’m past due on attire details, so I have shoes on the brain right now. Luckily, I only have a few requirements.
Flats, or at least a heel under an inch. I rarely wear heels and Shamrock isn’t much taller than I am, so I see no reason to go for heels.
No open toes. This includes peep toe. I’m missing my big toe nail, so I avoid exposed toes (I didn’t wear flip-flops in public for like 10 years). Also it looks a little awkward and sometimes things pinch into the hole where the nail should be. (Sorry, TMI.)
Not too pointy. Really pointy shoes make me think of witches.
Some shade of blue or green.
Hmm, maybe not so few. While there are lots of nice heels out there, flats that look appropriate for a wedding are a bit harder to come by.There were a few that seemed like they could be options:
Since I didn’t get to go dress shopping with the gals, we decided a little shoe shopping was in order…I mean, we can’t skip shopping altogether! And as Billie will tell you, I’m a little shoe obsessed. I’m getting better, though! I used to keep them all wrapped in their paper and boxes, until I made the move to my last apartment where storage space was at a premium.
So I called up my two PA ladies (MOH Glam and Bridesmaid Little), and we headed off to the King of Prussia Mall for the day. We were only supposed to be shopping for them since I didn’t have a dress yet…but…well…shoe stores!!!
Hi, I’m Miss Barn, and I am six feet tall. Darling Mr. Farmer, on the other hand, is 5’10″. I think you can see where I am going with this. When it comes to footwear most of the time I don’t care. I rock heels all the time. When asked the proverbial, “Why wear heels when you’re already so tall?” which is really quite annoying, I respond with “I refuse to sacrifice style simply because I am tall.” For the most part I deal with the pointing and staring and move on with my day.
However, when it comes to my wedding day I am struggling with what to wear on my feet. I struggle with people making snide/snarky comments the way it is, so I certainly don’t want to have photos that are a constant reminder of my biggest insecurity. (I was picked on quite a bit in school for being taller than all the boys, and it left scars.) With my hair done I am going to look taller than six feet, so I decided—flats it is.
So as much as I love me a good heel, I am wearing flats on my wedding day. I can still have great style rocking a flat. This is new territory for me, though. Totally new territory for me. I like ballet flats but just don’t own very many pairs. So I turned to Google to see if I could find “the shoe.”
David’s Bridal had these, and they sparked my interest. They have just the right amount of sparkle and are pretty simple.
I have a confession—I’m not a shoe girl. I hate shoes. If I didn’t have to wear them, I wouldn’t. I own seven pairs of shoes—one pair of running shoes, two pairs of ballet flats (since they’re two for $15 where I buy them), one pair of winter boots, one pair of summer peep toe flats, and two pairs of flip-flops (one water safe, one not). As you can see from my list, I don’t own a single pair of heels. There are two reasons for this—the truth, and the accepted reason. The truth: I injured my ankle when I was a teenager and I never let it heal properly. The accepted reason: Gander is 5′ 6”, and I’m 5’8”. Apparently hovering over my fiancé is more of a problem than pain and injury.
So, for a girl who is not a shoe fan at all, why did I spend so long looking for shoes? There just aren’t enough options for fancy flats!
Like everything else, I came up with a list of what I wanted.
Open toe, but not a sandal
In white, ivory, metallic, or purple
Some embellishment, but not over the top
Under $150/as cheap as humanly possible
This didn’t seem like a huge list to me, but apparently it’s almost impossible. Search after search for bridal flats came up with twins to shoes like this:
When I first began thinking about my wedding-day look, I knew one thing to be true.
I’d be wearing white shoes.
I’m a shoe girl. Clothes change with weight, and I’ve always had problems with my weight, but shoes? Shoes don’t change. They are forever faithful. They can also make or break an outfit, so it was important to me that my shoes make me feel even more fantastic than my jewellery, hair, makeup, or dress.
Unfortunately, I have tiny, tiny feet.
I’m a size 5 to 5.5 in Australia, which roughly translates to a size 36 to 36.5 in EU. It’s difficult to buy fashionable shoes in Australia in that size, so most of my shoe shopping has been done in discount bins in shoe stores, overseas, or online.
And with that said, I turned online when searching for my ultimate shoe. My search didn’t yield much for a few weeks that would be worth putting up on the ”˜Bee, but then I stumbled across these babies:
They’re made by the awesome shoe designers Poetic Licence and were selling in the online store Modcloth. I’ve been stalking Modcloth for forever, and have bought a few bits and bobs from them, so when I saw these babies selling for about $150 (US) and in my size, I snatched ‘em up!
A few weeks later I got a box from Modcloth, and within that box was this fanciful box:
As you may remember, I had already bought a pair of navy-coral shoes, with a somewhat high heel (4.5 inches). But Mr. Weather Vane was lacking that important accessory. In my last shoe-related post I mentioned that I wanted him to get some patent leather shoes or, preferably, some mixed leather shoes. So to the stores we went, and we found this pair:
At the beginning he wasn’t sure. He felt that the suede looked too casual and that the soles were too thin, but after some convincing, he decided to get them. Now that I am looking at this picture, the suede may look a bit casual, but in real life and at nighttime, I feel like they will look pretty elegant.
While we where there, I decided to browse the women’s shoes. Although I really like the ones I already have, I am a bit concerned that I will regret the height of the heel; after all, I want to dance! So looking at the few bridal options that were available, I decided to purchase some platform sneakers. These ones: