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.
This is Offbeat Bride's archive of flats posts.
Can we talk about coral? It's not quite orange, but not quite pink. It's definitely brighter than peach, and it complements teal perfectly if you're into that kind of thing. It's also the color that I'm single-mindedly fixating on today, with a whole post full of pumps, flats, and the most adorably dapper coral nubuck oxfords. Interestingly, several of these shoes also involve skulls in various ways… I love it when macabre details show up in unexpected places.
Of course comfort is all in the eye (or foot) of the beholder, but today I want to focus on wedding shoes that are built to be sturdy and well-supported. This means no sky-high pumps AND no flimsy flats. I know lots of you love Converse and Toms, but I find their arch support lacking so I'mma focus on shoes that are a bit more structured. Interestingly, most of these are red and white. I swear I didn't plan it that way!
You know how I wore those 4-inch pumps last weekend? Yeah, I still can't totally feel two of my toes. Those shoes were so cute, but fuck you guys: TOO TALL! I heard from one Offbeat Bride who said that she wore heels on her wedding day and couldn't feel a couple of her toes until she got back from the honeymoon. NooOoOooo, friends! Noooo! Save the toes!
In the spirit of non-numb toes, this week I'm going to focus on low-heeled shoes. A few flats, but mostly low heels with nothing over 2" high. Enough to get a little lift, but not so much that you can't feel your toes. Join me?
I know many of you are considering going for a vintage tone for your wedding, so I'm going to do one of those shoe posts where I step away from my beloved rainbow platforms and multi-colored ridiculousness and go for a more classic, vintage vibe. Most of these are from Ruche, which tends to focus on not only vintage styles, but also really low prices — most of these are under $100. (Oh but PS: of course I'm back to my old tricks with the bonus shoe. You know how it goes.)
It's been a while since I did a shoe post for mah ladies who wear larger-sized shoes (did you know we have an entire archive?), so those of us who are over a size 10, let's gather around the screen and enjoy some sweet-ass bridal footwear that actually fits your sweet-ass feet. Most of these are from Barefoot Tess, and most of them are available up to a size 15.
You guys should know by now that I totally don't buy into the "am I offbeat enough?" line of thought. If you're even glancing at a website that features poly weddings, nerd weddings, and genderqueer weddings, then yes: you're offbeat enough. Stop worrying about it. Let's not get into offbeater-than-thou.
In that spirit, let's take a look at some white wedding shoes. Sometimes, among us offbeat types, white wedding shoes can be left behind, deemed as "too traditional" (whatever that means). Well my friends, these white shoes are about to make you question everything you know about anything being "too traditional."
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!
We know that your Offbeat Brides love them some wedding shoe porn! Every week Ariel highlights a curated collection of wedding shoe choices. This week we're featuring something special: Our sponsor Ashbury Skies is an online shoes store that happens to have an exclusive collection of shoes by Jeffrey Campbell.
We've got an archive of gold wedding dresses, and y'all KNOW I've featured a million sparkly shoes, but can it possibly be that I've never done a round-up of gold shoes? My word. I think it's possible. Let's rectify this. I've got pumps and flats, sandals and boots, and even a few ridiculous couture options that probably very few of us can afford (but all of us can gawk at!). So if you're ready to make your shit sparkle, let's proceed…