Betsey Johnson might have declared bankruptcy a few years ago, but she's still kicking! Her line of Something Blue shoes is a nice take on wedding footwear… some of these might lean a little less loud than I typically go, but I'm a sucker for the blue soles with a heart.
This is Offbeat Bride's archive of posts by 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. You can gossip with her on twitter: @offbeatariel
I knew as soon as I saw those adorable shoes up there in the middle, that I couldn't afford them. They would never be mine. Normally, I opt out of admiring things I can't have… but when it comes to footwear, I make exceptions. I like to imagine the fantastical cocktail parties I'd never attend in these shoes, the meetings with publicists in Los Angeles that would never happen, the TED Talks I'd never deliver, and the standing ovations I'd never know. Sometimes, a little fantasy is just fine.
10 years ago today, the wedding that ultimately kicked off the whole weird world that is Offbeat Bride happened. On August 7th 2004, I married Andreas. Then I wrote a book about it. Then I launched a website about the book, and now here we are. To celebrate, I figured I'd fill out a wedding profile myself. If these pics make you curious, you can get the Offbeat Bride book on Amazon for like 50 cents.
The last time I featured Chinese Laundry on Offbeat Bride, commenters said things like, "I love CL shoes. I've had a pair for over 10 years and they're still SO COMFORTABLE" and "I have a pair of Chinese Laundry boots that I got in high school. They are 17 years old… and I still wear them." Even if you're not quite as sold on the brand, you're going to love the bonus shoe. It might be the naughtiest all-white wedding shoe I've ever seen.
Here are a few options for those of us who need arch support, padded footbeds, and a little more love for our toes. Obviously, you know your special foot needs best and I'm certainly not saying every one of these styles will work for every foot… but these brands all have a solid commitment to comfort, stability, and support.
I steadfastly believe that the higher-heeled types shouldn't get all the fun, so today I'm going to round up a collection of 46 pairs of flats that are loud and daring — just like I like 'em. Ready for some shoes that won't make you tower over your partner or hobble through your reception? I've got everything from pointy-toed frilly stuff for the femmey-footed, to adorable color-block Oxfords, to sweet love-note themed shoes… all with almost no heel height, for your wedding day comfort.
You all know how we feel about the word TACKY in these parts, right? You've read my manifesto from 2007, right? Well, I can't help but think that Weird Al gets us… he really gets us. As do Aisha Tyler, Margaret Cho, Eric Stonestreet, Kristen Schaal, and Jack Black, who all appear in this parody of Pharrell's "Happy."
For these fancypants types, I bring you today's post full of loud colorful formal footwear in masculine styles. Of course there's some Fluevog action in here, but I've also got some Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, and some skull-covered Jeffery-West. The sad truth is that some of these shoes are really, really expensive… but they're also really, really fabulous. Even if you're just window shopping, there are styles in here to love…
We can pretend that this shoe post is in honor of the 4th of July and stars and stripes and patriotism and USA! USA! USA! but whatever: y'all know I just like some over-the-top shoes, and star-emblazoned shoes perfectly meet my standards for over-the-top-ness. I certainly don't think stars OR stripes should be only about patriotism, so let's just appreciate stars for being fantastical and cosmic.
I've written in the past about the pressure put on so many brides to lose weight for their weddings (and how I suggest people handle it). I love that Psychology Today is now tackling this sticky subject with their article, Fighting the Unhealthy Cultural Push for Wedding Weight Loss…