Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Wedding Wednesday: Shoe Challenge

I had a hard time finding wedding shoes and ended up dashing around the city like a crazy shoe-hummingbird every weekend before my wedding. Kiri wrote in with a similar dilemma for a rush order What to Wear request:
I am writing because I am exactly 32 days away from getting married with no shoes to wear, and I am at my whit's end! I will admit, what I envision in my head is very particular: floral pattern, spring colors, peep-toe, with a bow or flower embellishment at the toe.

Well, I feel like I have scoured the internet and my local stores, and nothing was quite right. Until J. Crew released their Spring collection! I saw the Avignon Patterned Peep Toe and fell immediately in love with its delicate floral pattern and spring colors, with a bow to boot! But alas, I simply cannot bring myself to spend over $300 on a pair of shoes. That is more than I spent on my dress! I was hoping to tap into your brilliance for some ideas of other floral patterned shoes in the under $200 range.

I am attaching a photo of my dress and my veil. I don't really have colors or bridesmaids (we had to move the wedding up several months at the last minute due to my brother's deployment overseas). My ring is a modern-looking brushed white gold band, and I am wearing pearl earrings.

I am planning to have a simple baby's breath bouquet and to wear a cardigan sweater to keep me warm on what will probably be a chilly, wet Portland day. The cardigan has yet to b
e bought as well. Eeeeek!

My shoe size is an 8.5 and I would like to keep the shoes under $150-$200. I tend to like jewel-tones or bright colors (I have darkish brown hair and pale skin) but am not opposed to Spring-y lighter colors (although pastels tend to wash me out).
This is a great chance to find a cheery pair of shoes and a investment cardigan that you could keep wearing for years. Here are a couple options:

1. Syria - Not a floral pattern, but a peeptoe with a cute bow in a flattering color. $96. Paired with a cashmere papaya cardigan from J.Crew on sale for $96.

2. Christa - Floral patterned pumps with a moderate heel for $80. This pattern also comes in a peeptoe slingback, but I don't like the heel as well. Paired with a yellow ruffle cardigan from J.Crew for $39.

3. eBay - $20 shoes through eBay international is certainly a dubious proposition, but it might just work. These shoes, with a blue grossgrain bow sewed on the front could be super cute. Paired with a green jackie cardigan on sale at J.Crew for $99.

4. Darby - This is my favorite choice and also the cheapest. $17 on sale at Target. The colors are brighter, but somehow still "bridal" and I like the shape. It also comes in a brown and green pattern. Paired with a fuscia jackie cardigan for $64.

5. Carrie - The most "bridal" pattern I was able to find. $80. I wish the toe were rounded instead of pointed though. Pairing with a navy cardigan from Gap makes the look very "classic."

Other choices:

Shari - Peeptoe slingbacks with felt flowers in either red or blue from Macy's for $51.
Arial - Peeptoe pumps from BCBG for $80...the pattern is a little too bold for this wedding.
Gabrielle - Entirely not what Kiri is after, but these flats are super bridal and lovely and on sale.
eBay - Always a good place to look for this sort of obscure item.
Vintage - Another great place to look.


Jecca said...

One of your best yet. Way to good Emily and good luck to Kiri!

Lauren said...

Emily, I love your picks as always. I want to add one more though:

AEO said...

I love #1 and #2!! I think it would depend on if the yellow or coral cardigan would look better on her b/c both the shoes are adorable! Great work, Em!!

Katie said...

Wow, you're an amazing web scourer, Emily! These are great. And Kiri, one of my favorite tricks for sprucing up shoes is finding an old pair of clip-on earrings, which are usually large to begin with, and clipping them on the front of the shoe over the toe box. It's like bedazzling for grown-ups! Try a consignment or thrift shop. Good luck!

MrsEm said...

I love shoe clips too! But one word of caution, with a long dress they can sometimes snag on your hem. I had to ditch mine at the wedding.

lsaspacey said...

FYI: The Zappos links are not working, probably because of the sale, but if you search by the shoe name you can still access them.

MrsEm said...

That's a bummer. I'll see if I can updated the links.

amy said...

Thank you for sharing ... I have been inspired by this look for my upcoming, last-minute (b/c I cannot make a decision to save my life), tiny wedding ceremony. I love the simple but elegant gown & mostly, the red slingbacks!!! What a fab find & I've already ordered them.:)