Ankle boots for wedding days (…or not) #Wedding Shoes#boots#flats#italy#steampunk October 18 | Ariel Meadow Stallings offbeatariel This post features offbeat affiliates, meaning that if you buy something featured, you'll be financially supporting this site's mission of bringing awesomeness to readers everywhere. Here's a secret: I've actually been out of the country for the past two weeks, first taking a holiday with my son in Positano (my husband was there leading a yoga retreat) and then working from "home" in Rome — with home being an airbnb flat in the Travestere neighborhood. As you might imagine, the people-watching has been GUHMAZING and of course half the time I'm looking down at all the Italians' shoes. And what am I seeing non-stop? Ankle boots. The Italians are really REALLY into ankle boots. Now, I'm not sure how many of you would ever wear ankle boots on your wedding days, but I'm inspired to collect a few of my favorites here for you. Blame the Italians for this perhaps only slightly-wedding-related shoe post, although I suppose given that it's been steampunk week, this is somewhat on-theme. (Oh, and lovers of flats, rejoice: lots of options for you in here.) Random bonus shoe Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Ariel Meadow Stallings Author of Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides, Ariel acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives, loves, and dorks out hard in Seattle, WA. @offbeatariel @offbeatbride PREVIOUS Emily & Mitchell's rainy steampunk geodesic dome wedding NEXT Connecticut couples, make Archive your BPFF (best photographer friend forever) Toggle comments [ 21 ] I love the ankle boot trend because apparently my calves are too massive for any tall boots! I'm still waiting for my pre-baby pants to fit again (hahahahah) so looks like it's going to be dresses, tights, & ankle boots this winter. Who knew I was trendy! (can you be unshowered & possibly sporting baby spitup and still be trendy?? haha) 6 agree Reply Just ordered the Spruce Up Your Style Boot in Caramel… love! 0 agree Reply I love ankle boots!! I just can't find one that will fit my odd foot. I need a wide most of the boots are regular or medium wide. I do wear a couple of simple boots that fits but they are one size bigger… I will need a nice granny ankle boots to match my vintage tea length wedding dress that I found and love. I hope to find one before I plan my future wedding!! Love all the boots in the picture above though…. 0 agree Reply I'm totally planning on wearing ankle boots with this dress: http://www.freepeople.com/maxi-dresses/fp-x-calamity-jane-dress/ 1 agrees Reply These are my wedding shoes… I wear a 12 or 12w and ordered 4,000 pairs of shoes (ideally looking for a purple wedge with a higher toe box, I hate toe cleavage…) Finally decided comfort would win out. Yay oxfords <3 http://www.payless.com/store/product/detail.jsp?catId=&subCatId=&skuId=134743080&productId=73648&lotId=134743&category=&catdisplayName=Womens 0 agree Reply I love these boots so hard! I dream of a day when I can find shoes like this in wide sizes and affordable. [sigh] 1 agrees Reply Yay for lace up ankle boots! (Maybe the Romans are wearing ankle boots to prevent spraining an ankle on the cobblestones) Yay for ROme! I am going there on honeymoon in January. I greedily hope you are going to do a Rome article on OffBeat home. 0 agree Reply I live in northern Italy so I don't know Rome well, but be sure to have a "granita al caffè con panna" (coffee slush with whipped cream) at Caffè Giolitti, near the Pantheon! 1 agrees Reply Love the Victorian/Steampunk style. Especially the featured green booty. Too fun! 1 agrees Reply I've been looking for the perfect pair of Victorian boots to go with one of my potential dresses… my mom thinks I'm crazy, but I'm really excited about it. Especially for the chilly weather I'm expecting on my wedding day! 0 agree Reply My wife wore these (http://m.journeys.com/product.aspx?id=226316&003=18254030&010=578956&gclid=CLOw8rb4oroCFZSk4AodZ3EAHw) with her regency naval captain's outfit. I wore the more femme equivalent (http://m.journeys.com/product.aspx?id=247949&h=Journeys/-black-boots&sb=pa&grid=0). Here's a look at our outfits (http://tribe.offbeatbride.com/journals/2013/10/preliminary-photos-of-our-queer-19th-century-nautical-wedding). We got hitched outside in October, so boots were the natural choice, and so period appropriate. 0 agree Reply "Now, I'm not sure how many of you would ever wear ankle boots on your wedding day" Me! I have the ankle boot version of a pair of boots you showed in a different shoe post! =] 0 agree Reply I'm wearing red ankle boots at my wedding in five weeks' time! 0 agree Reply Dear Ariel, You must really stop showing me all these fabulous shoes. I have a wedding to pay for, and really can't afford all the wondrous things you are showing me. Thanks, Me 5 agree Reply I love love love ankle boots and I am definitely seriously considering this as a wedding option. Thanks for the inspiring shoe spread! 0 agree Reply Love!! 0 agree Reply Oh my god, those red suede boots with the straps — of course I *would* want the $400 ones. *sigh*. I could build a whole wardrobe around those…. 0 agree Reply Wowzer! We were in Italia at the same time! Now husband and I were in Florence, Rome, and Praiano (one town over from Positano) for our two-week honeymoon! And you are totally right… I found myself staring at a lot of shoes too, and wishing I could be as effortlessly chic as all those Italian girls. =P Ah, I love how small the world is! 0 agree Reply Um, yes, yes and one more yes. Ankle books can be so cute with a wedding day silhouette. 0 agree Reply Love these boots! I wore black suede Victorian style ankle boots at my wedding & have worn them tons ever since. Ankle boots are excellent wedding shoes 0 agree Reply I LIVE in ankle boots! And with a winter wedding I think I'd be mad to do anything else – when we're outdoors at least! Makes a change to the cringey white-wellies that seems to be the only solution to come up when searching for practical winter wedding shoes! 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