"I’ve spent $40,000 on shoes and I have no place to live? I will literally be the old woman who lived in her shoes!" - CARRIE BRADSHAW
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If you are a shoe fanatic like Carrie Bradshaw, you probably feel the same way as whoever wrote this slogan: “So many shoes. And just one wedding!”
Shoe Lovers Unite. Now you can find gorgeous, show-stopping wedding shoes that rival the wedding dress for attention (and your dollars.) You can find shoes for everyone in the wedding party at most Bridal Salons and at any number of department and specialty shoe stores. You can also find wedding shoes at www.etsy.com, and online on any number of other websites.
You can find an unlimited selection of styles and colors of wedding-appropriate shoes from $50 to $200 unless you have a foot that is difficult to fit. If you can afford Carrie Bradshaw’s favorites like Fendi, Valentino, Chanel or Monolo Blahnik, the sky is the limit price-wise. We spotted quite a few designer labels (and some hand-made options) from $500-$1,000. You can also find a good selection of designer labels at local consignment shops and on ebay for much less than their usual retail prices. As usual, we provide you with a list of local options.
Check out these spectacular red satin wedding shoes embellished with lace and crystals that we found on etsy:
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Another pair covered entirely with Blue Swarovski crystals.
For the somewhat more traditional bride who wants cream colored wedding shoes, check out this etsy option.
Another gorgeous sample of custom made wedding shoes.
Brides used to wear rather nondescript shoes because who would notice the shoes when they would be hidden under the star of the show: The wedding dress. Brides and Bridesmaids often bought silk pumps or ballet slipper style shoes and died them to match the color of their gowns. You can still do that. But you certainly do not have to stick with those limited traditions.
In some cases, Bridesmaids wear matching shoes of the Bride’s choosing. Often though the Bridesmaids wear shoes of their own choosing, perhaps coordinating the color.
Along with unlimited choice of style, the Bride is no longer restricted to shoes the same color as her dress. Brides are free to wear purple, fuchsia, orange, bright green, red. The Bride’s shoes are often fashion statements in their own right. Bedecked with crystals, lace, silk flowers, rhinestones, feathers. Anything that can be put on a shoe can be put on the Bride’s shoes. And any style goes. From ballet flats to stilettos to western boots. Here are some of the styles you can consider.
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If there are other styles you can think of, feel free to let your imagination rule. Anything goes. For the Bride, her Bridesmaids and the mothers.
Aside from price constraints, you should keep in mind your venue when you select shoes. Stilettos may work great in a ballroom (if you can walk in them). But on a beach or in a grassy meadow, not so much. And if you plan to dance or participate in any physical activities at the reception, keep that in mind when you look for shoes.
The only other consideration we can think of is one that may or may not matter to you. High heels and platform shoes will obviously make you appear taller than flats. If you want to downplay your height, stick with lower heels or flats.
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There are designers that produce a shoe line that they categorize as “Bridal Wear.” Many of the same designers and same shoes can also be listed under Evening Wear, Wedding Wear, Bridesmaids, and Mother of the Bride. We have bolded some of the more familiar names. Here are just some of the Lines:
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Charles by Charles David
Diane Von Furstenberg
DV by Dolce Vita
G by Guess
Joan and David
Kelly and Katie
Lisa for Donald J Pilner
Lulu Townsend Bridal
M by Marinelli
Mix No. 6
Platinum by Dyeables
Pour La Victoire
But do not limit yourself to anyone’s list of shoe designers. Wear any shoes you like.
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