This week, I'm going to nose around in that delicious aesthetic sweet-spot between vintage and glam, between rustic and chic, between glitz and hay bales. Most of these are in the 1920s flavor of vintage. (If Great Gastsby-era is your jam, be sure to check our 1920s archive!)
This is Offbeat Bride's archive of Wedding Shoes posts.
We love dorking out on loud, bold, colorful wedding shoes. Because we don't think your shoe options should be limited to white heels.
You know I like to do special needs shoe posts now and then… larger shoes, smaller shoes, wide shoes, shoes for folks with disabilities, wide calf boots, etc. But one special kind of foot-need I've never done is NARROW shoes. This is not a special foot-need I have any personal experience with, so apologies in advance if I screw this one up. I'm doing my best here… finding fabulous and funky-ass footwear available down to width 4A.
True story: when I was a sophomore in high school, I covered a pair of PayLess pumps in emerald green glitter-glue, and then stapled huge enormous white-wired ribbons on to the fronts. These shoes were WAY over the top for Bainbridge High School's prom in 1992, but I was super into the look, and still am. So today, I'mma wrastle up some wedding shoes with bows.
Y'all know I loved striped wedding dresses… but what about striped shoes? Today, I am here with a boat-load full of striped wedding shoes. I've got a range, from black and white Tim Burton-esque whimsical, to more nautical styles, to rainbow tiger stripes (!?). For those of you who love flats, I've got a random bonus shoe for you…
My personal motto is "Chronically fabulous," since I honestly truly believe that my disabilities can't prevent me from being as fabulous as I can — in fact, they just add to it. They are part of me, and frankly those medical devices make my life a lot better.
Every time I do a shoe post catered to a specific foot-need, there are howls from the internet about how I've ignored THEIR special foot needs. This has happened so many times for so many years that the editors and I now have a joke about how long it will take for the first "validate my feet" comment to show up on some of my shoe posts. Well, for those of you seeking validation for larger-sized feet, TODAY IS YOUR DAY!
For me today, they do. I look at a lot of wedding pictures, and I randomly get obsessed with certain accessories… today it's boots. Brides in boots! I love them. Y'all should know me by now: I like daring (aka LOUD!!) wedding shoes, and I've geeked out a full range of boots here… including some booties.
I saw this photo of John Legend and I was inspired to wrastle up some more silver shoes for he-foots, she-foots, and anyone else who loves silver!
This week I'll be panting over wedges. I'm a huge fan of wedges because they give you that lift of a heel, without the stab of a stiletto (or even the wobble of a kitten heel). As always, I aimed for a range of colors (white wedges! red wedges! blue wedges!) and costs (from forty bucks affordable to zomg those shoes almost cost as much as my entire wedding budget).
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.
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.