Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Shoes Shoes Shoes

I'm struggling to figure out what to do about a bridal shoe.

I want them to be FANCY; to stand out from the rest, but I might have too high of expectations. I have a number of criteria:

1. I'm short. Only 5'3". I need at least 3" of heel. Preferably with a platform.
2. I want a full shoe. I will settle for a peep-toe, but I realize I'm going to be walking around in these for 8+ hours and I don't want my feet to be bleeding at the end of the night (although the Hawaiian sand will surely heal them over our honeymoon)
3. This is where I'm really torn. Color. I have recently decided that I want my bridal ensemble to be completely ivory. But I haven't converted my mind to ivory shoes quite yet. I was originally set on navy blue shoes... but they are not the easiest things to find. Then I thought about gold, champagne, or even hot pink. I don't know, I'm all over the place.
4. I'm not spending more than $300. Sure, I would kill for love a pair of Louboutins, but I don't have that kind of money lying around. Have I been checking every designer discount website religiously for shoes since October? Definitely.

IDEALLY, I would wear these:

But again, not feasible. Not just because of the price, but because they don't make them anymore. Bummer.

Have I found anything out there that remotely comes close to these? Of course not.

Here are a few contenders. Note that by contenders I really mean "shoes I would be settling for."

Source: via Kendall on Pinterest

These shoes are beautiful, but I tried them on when I was trying on my wedding dress and it was obvious that I couldn't manage to wear these for 8 hours.
Source: via Kendall on Pinterest

I love the sparkles on these and they're the right color of gold (not too yellow), but they're a little boring. I know that's a weird thing to say about shoes that are completely covered in sparkles, but I just don't feel like they would be worth $300.
Source: via Kendall on Pinterest

I love the bow on these ones. And they're the perfect color. But are they also too plain? These are probably the ones that I have the least problem with

Source: via Kendall on Pinterest

If these were more Carolina blue than aqua, I would probably buy them. But they just wouldn't work.

Long story short, I just don't know what to do. I don't want to spend a ridiculous amount of money on a pair of shoes that I'm "eh" about. I guess all I can do is keep looking... but time is ticking because I need them before my first dress fitting!! Anyone have suggestions on other places to look?