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).
This is Offbeat Bride's archive of wedges posts.
I'm a sucker for a platform. Is it because I came of age during the height of the '90s club kid stacked platform fad? Is it because I love being taller, without being up on my toes? Is it because of all the colors you can cram into the extra square inch-age of shoe material? No clue, you guys… but I love platforms.
In this post, I've got everything from high heeled platforms to flatforms with almost no heel-height differential. You ready? BE READY.
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.
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?
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I tend to wobble on any sort of stilleto heel, so wedges and platforms have always been the only way I've been able to function in an elevated heel. In addition to being generally more walkable, wedges have the added benefit of being lawn-friendly for those of you having your weddings outdoors — no need to think about sinking up to your ankles in the grass.
Look at me! I'm going to deviate from my rainbows and sparkles and platform pumps! I'm going to spend a morning doodling around in Ruche's collection of (gasp) classy footwear. CLASSY, YOU GUYS.
Y'all remember Ruche, right? I freaked out about them this spring, and they just launched their autumn bridal lookbook, so of course I've been poking around some more. And yes, they have shoes. CLASSY shoes.
Every once and a while I like to dive down into one specific shoe brand to get a feel for how they might fit for all sorts of different brides. This week, it's Rocket Dog shoes. Many of their styles are on the more casual end of the spectrum, perfect for beach brides or backyard weddings, but they've got a few heels that still have that high-style boomPOW for a more formal affair.
Of course, because it's me, there are several rainbow-striped shoes involved… but I think what y'all are going to like best is that NONE of these shoes is over $60.
For those of us who have issues walking in heels (and don't be fooled: I love to LOOK at insane heels, but god knows I can't walk in them!) wedges are the perfect solution. You get a little elevation, but with the advantage of a more solid sole — and often the assistance of a little platform.
Today I'm wrastling up a few of my favorite wedges. These run the gamut from the more casual, retro end of the spectrum (beach wedding? adorbz!) all the way to glitter-crusted neon space booties for your sci-fi midnight adventure wedding. Oh, and one pair of fuzzy mice.
What happens when a nerdy offbeat bride meets an Etsy seller who customizes shoes? You get these amazing Legend of Zelda wedding wedges. Warning: your eyeballs may not be able to take in all the awesomeness without there being permanent damage done.