Generally when I do these shoe posts, I make a point to provide a range of pricing options, from $30 pleather flats that might start falling apart after one wear, all the way up to "Holy shit, those shoes cost more than my entire catering budget!" Last week, a reader wrote in to very specifically request a post about Charlotte Olympia's line of shoes. I took one look at had three responses…
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Ugh, I'm sorry for the pun in the title. I can't help myself sometimes! Let's ignore my terrible puns and talk about t-strap shoes instead. This vintage-ish style is a nod to the shoes of the 1920s and 1930s, although these modern replicas definitely have a sass all their own. T-straps have the advantage of feeling a bit more stable on your foot than an open shoe — and if you're looking for stability, I made a point to include some adorable t-strap flats in this round up, too.
You guys know how I like to do my Random Bonus Shoes at the end of my shoe posts? Well, sometimes I just want to do a post that's ALL bonus shoes ALL THE TIME. Like, the weirdest, loudest, most brazen outrageous footwear ever. That's this post. What's what I'm doing today. If you're looking for classy and timeless, click here for your escape hatch. For the rest of you? Strap on your proton packs and come with me.
This is perhaps a weirdly specific shoe post, even by my weirdly specific standards.
Today I want to talk about scalloping.
…Right? It's a strangely tiny thing to focus on, but I'm noticing an increase in shoes with little rounded edges and detailing. Inspired by these shoes, I feel like this is a nice little break from all the chevron patterns that have been so prevalent the last couple years. Nice round little curves… let's do this!
We interrupt this never-ending stream of shoe posts for a brief dip into the pool of sparkly things to wear on other parts of your body. Can I do this? Can I talk about affordable, semi-vintage-styled jewelry for a moment? I'm going to peek through Modcloth's new wedding section to pick out a few of my favorites from their very tastefully curated collection. Y'all know me, though… my tastes don't always run toward what most people would consider "tasteful," so I've got other options for y'all, too… because you know, some of us are sparkly necklace people, and some of us are having dinosaur weddings.
I don't want any of you looking back on your wedding and being like, "God, I don't even like Game Of Thrones that much." Offbeater-than-thou weddings just for offbeatness' sake? That's a misdemeanor right there, and we won't arrest you, but we will escort you off of the property to head over to Offbeat Home & Life's archives, where we can support you with awesome articles to build self-awareness and confidence. We believe in rehabilitative treatment here.
On last week's shoe post, Meganwins asked for a post about winter wedding footwear. I linked to my most recent post about wedding boots, but that was six months ago. Maybe it's time for a new booted walk down the aisle… and maybe instead of just thinking BOOTS, I'mma go for footwear that's just generally better for winter weddings. A little warmer, a little more water resistant, a little less strappy. Winter brides, hold my gloved hand, and let's do this…
By special request… silver shoes! I've done many posts about sparkly shoes (which of course includes silver), but never have I just set my sights on this one type of metallic.
As always, I tried to get a full range of options — from the holographic Vivienne Westwood flats above, to sparklingly prim little pumps, to dapper Oxfords so sparklingly silver that they might as well be disco balls. You'll find a range of prices, too. And the bonus shoe stays in the metallic flavor, but comes way WAY out of left field, reminding me of some club kid shoes I wore in the mid-'90s.
Maybe you're planning a wedding with some Neo-Victorian elements? Or a dark rockabilly wedding? Or a ruffled noire antique goth wedding? Whatever the inspiration, you're going dark, and you're looking for some black shoes with a hint of frill for a taste of sinister to go with a day of joy. I gotchoo, friends, with this collection of black shoes with bows of various sorts — peep-toed heels with retro bows on the front, flats for the darkly dapper, and a few randoms to keep you on your toes.
You guys know I have deep love of the sequined multi-colored full-frontal freak-out wedding gowns, and this photo of Sara's glittering multi-colored wedding dress fully feeds that hunger. The sparkles, the colors, the boldness of the floral bouquet… I'm moving in.
In my more than seven years of publishing a wedding website (and then four years of running a parenting website) one of the things that came up time and time again the concept of a "gift grab." Maybe this logic used to make a little more sense during a time when most couples A) weren't paying for their own weddings or B) weren't living together before getting married. But back here in 2014, round these parts? 43% of us are paying for our own weddings. Why in the world would we spend money on a wedding (or even just a reception) just to get gifts?!