Before we all get swallowed up by Christmas, while I've not said much about it recently, wedding planning is still, of course, underway right now! It's not long before we're on the wrong side of half a year before the big day, which is a fact that is rather freaking me out right now. And yet, when I speak to anyone about it they inevitably tell me I'm working way ahead of schedule. What they don't realise, however, is I'm not a last minute procrastinator type. I'm the type that does their homework on the day they get it so that it's over and done with... and that's kind of the attitude I've taken towards wedding planning too. It's just an endless series of chores and I want them all done yesterday!
Some, admittedly, are much nicer chores than others. Should I at this point stop and reflect on the fact I'm calling my wedding a chore? No, good, let's move on! Shoes - now shoes is something I can get behind. Although actually, I was completely dreading this part of my outfit because I have such problems finding shoes I like and that fit me - particularly court shoes. And that's a real shame, because strapless shoes look best with dresses to my mind, but particularly with the wedding dress I've chosen. I slightly digress, because actually what I found when I started looking into it is that there's tonnes of amazing formal shoes out there to choose from, particularly if you want something a bit outside the norm! And this is me - plain white satin heels that blend into the background weren't going to cut it. Add to that, my dress will show my shoes off, so they had better be good.
So, I've pulled together some of my favourite finds from my hunt into a few groups here - and I'll add to this that these don't have to be bridal shoes, they're just darn pretty heels for any special occasion. Maybe even a Christmas party (let's be honest, there's no escaping it now).
And yes, I have chosen my pair and yes, it's one of the ones below :)
Ok, so this is obviously the most 'bridal' of my three collections here. Cos white. And Rachel Simpson is known for being a bridalwear brand, over here at least. But I couldn't not cover the slightly more traditional route, right? Many of this brand's pairs can easily work with shoe clips, so you can pretty up with flowers etc (like the ones on the left that have a definite space for these to attach). Bottom left's Irregular Choice shoes you may have seen before on the feet of my lovely friend who was a bride earlier this year - you might remember I had matching pink ones! These shoes are really sweet and covered in subtle glitter, so they're a bit special too. I can also vouch for them being fairly comfortable, for heels. But if a bow ain't your thing, the taller, pointier heart version top right could be worth a look. Hearts on your wedding shoes - it might be cliche but when they're as cute as the two pairs up top here, how can you resist? I know the Vivienne Westwood pair has long been out of stock, but they still pop up all the time, in many different colourways, on eBay, so if you have your heart set on them and aren't buying them last minute, I would bet a pair in decent condition will come along for about £100 or even less if you're lucky. I could have done a whole post about BAIT's shoes as they're one of my favourites, but this pair bottom right I especially love as they're a bit higher than their usual, but with a platform so I would bet they're pretty comfortable.
I'm not done with glitter yet. What says special more than silver and gold? Chances are you'll be wearing jewellery on your wedding day, so it's not a stretch to tie your shoes in with your sparkly adornments. What a surprise, here's Irregular Choice again - the bottom right pair are seriously bridal appropriate to my mind and the thinner heel takes the cutesy edge off the bow somewhat. If you do need a shoe that's going to strap your foot in, the Miss L Fire and Minna Parikka beauties here are really rather special and will look amazing with a wedding dress, short or poking out from the bottom of a long one. If you want something that's more classically vintage style, the Bettie Page pair have that lovely perspex toe that was also seen on Miss L Fire's Cinderella shoes a while back. I really wish they were still making these shoes - they may have been my wedding shoes if I'd been able to get my hands on them.
Wearing a pair of coloured shoes if you're the bride might not be everyone's choice, but I really rather like the idea. It would easily cover your something blue, or be a great way to reinforce your colour theme. And really the colour world's your oyster because a white dress is going to go with an awful lot. You could pick a more subtle pink like the Bettie Paige and Minna Parikka pairs, or you could go romantic red like the BAIT pair, if it's a colour you're using generally (or to go with red lips!). Or how about multi-coloured sequins like the top right Irregular Choice pair - why not? Bonus points for those shoes as the heel is rather special.
So what do you think, would you wear one of these pretty pairs on your big day? Don't say no, 'cos my shoes are in here ;)
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