Finding wedding shoes wasn't nearly as easy as I expected it to be. I thought I'd just waltz into the the sale room at Von Maur to find the cutest little pair of shoes waiting for me with a 50% off tag hanging on them. My requirements were fairly simple: Pretty flats that I could wear all day with either a pop of color or an interesting embellishment (like a bow) and a pointed toe. And they couldn't cost more than my dress.
Needless to say, I came up empty-handed in the sale room. I didn't even find anything worth trying on from the main sale floor. I then checked DSW & Marshall's to no avail. However, a few pairs caught my eye at Younker's. I almost walked out with these guys but changed my mind at the last minute. I guess I wasn't over the moon with them as wedding shoes. (And I didn't have a coupon.)
I came home and decided to look online. I don't do too much clothing or shoe shopping online, as I like to try things on, but I thought it'd be my best bet at this point. Site after site wasn't turning up anything I loved. Well, I take that back. There were 2 pairs that made my heart pitter-patter, but their price tags put the kibosh on any purchasing plans.
Before calling it a night, I ordered 3 pairs from ALDO once I realized they have a great return policy, including free return shipping. Mainly I didn't want to have spent a whole day shoe shopping and have nothing to show for it.
I thought the first pair had the most potential, but they ended up looking kinda cheap. And smelling like rubber. Plus, the toe looked even rounder in person. The lacy ones were labeled as "light pink", but they totally look ivory. Too match-y for my dress. (Although, they fit really well and would look cute with dark jeans...) The last pair was on clearance so I added them to my cart for like $16. They fit like crap and are definitely not the right color (lavender/sliver.)
Then, this weekend my sister and I took my mom shopping for her upcoming trip to France. (Just slightly jealous.) We were having so much fun picking things out for her that I wasn't even tempted to look for me. I happened to walk past these shoes and make a comment about how they might be cute for my wedding. My sister asked, "Well, what are you looking for?" And I said, "Pretty much that...exactly." So before we left, I flagged down a salesperson and tried them on in my size. My only hesitation was that they were a teensy bit wide. My mom pointed out that the extra space might be nice since I'm going to be on my feet all day. Done and done. With a sale price and a coupon, I brought these puppies home for $30. Booyah!
They're coral. They're flat. They have a bow and a pointed tow. And they fit my vision perfectly! You can't really tell from that picture, but they are shiny patent (faux) leather. And the bow is off-center, which I think is really cute.
What's funny is that Kate came across her shoes really easily - 1st place we looked. She usually has the toughest time finding dress shoes. She doesn't like "girly" styles (no heels, no bling, no bows, etc) and her feet are too small to fit into men's sizes. What's left is usually orthopedic looking loafers. Plus, her suit is cream-colored so we weren't sure what would look best with it. But what did we find staring down at us from the sale rack at DSW??
I think they are perfect for her (she loves wingtips) - and the best color to go with her suit. A great find for $50!
Aren't we cute together?