Wedding wedges: boot madness edition

Updated Mar 15 2021
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I've featured both wedges and boots before in my shoes series, but since some of you are likely closing in on your winter wedding dates, I thought I'd take on boots wedge form.

So, let's doodle our way through some of my favorite wedged boots for your winter wedding. As always, my choices tend towards loud colors and range from wickedly cheap to WTF-levels of wildly expensive.

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Pajar Women's Giorgia All-Weather Boot

Boutique 9 Women's Radd Ankle Boot

Bearpaw Women's Anja Boot

Camilla Skovgaard - PF10003 (Cool Stone) - Footwear

Dollhouse Women's Chala Ankle Boot

Blondo Women's Lianna Knee-High Boot

Report - Bowie (Stone) - Footwear

Cri de Coeur Women's Allison Ankle Boot

Rockport - Lorraine Rainboot (Magenta) - Footwear

Seychelles Women's Falcon Ankle Boot

UGG - Skylair (Chestnut Leather/Knit) - Footwear

  1. Thanks Ariel for sharing your shoe fetish. Speaking of wedges – help!

    I'm getting married in May on a ranch – wearing a short dress. I'm stymied on shoes. I want something unusual but don't feel like I can wear heels that will sink into the ground. Wedges would work but I'm also not a fan of high heels. If all else fails, I may go for traditional peep-toe wedges but I'm hoping for some more creative options.

    The cowboy boot thing feels a bit trite. (Although I might see if I can find a pair of 'dyeable' cowboy boots that I can decorate myself.)

    Anyone got some creative ideas you want to share? I'd love to hear them.

    Thanks!
    Cindy

    • Cindy, I see no shame in wearing flats. Flats are also definitely decoratable, as well–they can be as unusual and unique as you want! You won't sink into the ground and you won't have to worry about issues getting around in them.

      Equally possible are smaller wedges–less of the "heel issue" and just a little bit of height.

    • Depends on how long the dress is and how comfortable you are with your calves and feet. 🙂

      Pardon me for geeking out for a minute, but I used to work at a clothing boutique and got questions like this a lot. One option is to go barefoot–natural and delicious, but you have to be pretty sure you're not going to step in manure (unless you like the feel of it between your toes–hey, to each her own) AND you have to be comfortable with lots of people seeing your feet.

      Ballet flats in a contrasting color could be adorable with a dress that's above the knee or tea-length, although with a tea-length dress I'd probably recommend a modest chunky heel (the thicker the heel, the less likely it is to sink into the ground and/or snap in a hole). Peep toes can be really cute with a shorter dress, too.

      What you want to avoid (besides the obvious ankle breakage) is anything that makes your lower body look segmented–the classic Ugg boots-bare knees-mini skirt combo that was so popular in my area around 2007 comes to mind. The overall effect is that the boots, your visible legs, and the skirt are all the same size (at first glance, you see a stripe of skirt, a stripe of leg, a stripe of boot). Unless you're very skinny and have very long legs, it's not flattering.

      That being said, a good pair of really distinctive cowboy boots could be distracting enough to make the "boot-leg-skirt" stripe illusion go away. 🙂 Bedazzler and puff paint to the rescue!

      You could also consider changing shoes at some point during the day–if you have two pairs you love, wear 'em both! It's your wedding! Switching shoes will also stave off some sore feet in the later part of the day. You might want to consider getting some of those cheap gel insoles, whatever you do, because you'll probably be on your feet most of the day (unless you're wheelchair-bound or getting carried around on a litter by burly men… which would be awesome)>

      • Oh Sarah – thanks for the chuckle. When you said barefoot, manure was the first thing that came to my mind too. And as wonderful as the burly-man litter sounds, that's probably not going to happen.

        Thank you for your very detailed advice – those are all considerations I hadn't thought of (the segmented thing). My concern with the cowboy boots is that it's 2 different thoughts. Floaty, silk organza knee-length dress with cowboy boots. ugh

        Methinks perhaps I'm working too hard to express my 'offbeat' self & will just go with decorating some ballet flats for the ceremony/pics & boots for the reception.

        (I secretly want some Fleuvog shoes or boots but refuse to pay as much for my shoes as I do for my dress!) 🙂

        Thanks for the input everyone!

        • Dude, in my opinion, $5 ballet flats from the thrift store that you decorate to death are TOTALLY offbeat! Rock out with your Sharpies/puff paint/acrylics/bedazzler out!

  2. Don't worry about dyeable, if the cowboy boots are leather you can paint them with show paint and get the most AMAZING effect.

  3. Oops that should have been SHOE paint. Sorry
    I've used the waproo Brant with good results but it does come out with a bit of a shine so beware of white… Can look a bit Vegas!

  4. I wore a gold pair of wedges (about 2-3 inch heel) and they were the best. I've worn them to a few weddings and I can dance all night in them, and no issues on grass either.

  5. I am so glad I ran across this post, I just bought my wedding shoes!!! I had been looking everywhere for a wedge boot. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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