Thursday, July 12, 2012

Help a girl find some shoes?


Dear ESB,

Are you and your posse up to a little shoe hunt? 

I am getting married in the mountains in California on September 1st. The ceremony will be outdoors in the woods - very rustic. 

I will be wearing this amazing gown from Rachel Zoe.

For shoes, I'm envisioning some kind of platform. The reason for the platform is my aisle involves a little "off-roading" over roots and gopher holes. Spiked heels would spell certain face-plant. 

I need them to be tallllllll shoes, as my dress is too long for me without shoes and I don't want to get it altered. The shoes can be traditional, pretty, bizarre - whatever. We won't be seeing much of them under the dress and I'm down to get a little weird with the shoes. 

One more thing - I'm currently living in Omaha, NE (ಠ_ಠ). There's not a lot of great shopping out here, as you can imagine. I will need to order the shoes online from a place with a decent return policy in case of size issues.

Appreciate your infinite wisdom on this one! 

*****

I want to recommend these...


(Pour La Victoire, $225 at Bloomingdale's)



But I also want to say, "Don't do it! Shorten the dress!"

Off-roading + platforms + a floor-length gown = Face-Plant-O-RAMA

27 comments:

  1. I'm not getting why you don't want to hem your dress because it looks like it'd be a pretty standard hem job. Then you can get any shoe you want and not do a faceplant in the woods.

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  2. I like these. And duh, get the dress hemmed to fit your shoe + you height.

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    1. Really...? black shoes with that dress?

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    2. black wedding shoes are sooooooooooooo 2008

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    3. uh pretty sure you were HOORAYING some courthouse bride's black shoes in '10 or '11, esb ;)

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  3. Alter the dress. It won't cost that much. Even Rachel Zoe, who invented the hem-dragging-on-the-floor, would want it to FIT.

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  4. yeah, alter the damn dress. you - hopefully - only get married once, so spend a couple bucks on having someone hem your dress properly. i'd rock some nude strappy hasbeens platforms, you know you'll wear them again (lots!) and they can handle some serious off-roading.

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    1. i ♥ hasbeens, but not with this dress.

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  5. definitely alter the dress. i got married on a beach and swore up and down i would not be a barefoot bride. got 4in gucci wedges, made my maids wear wedges also and was totally convinced we'd be fine. no one fell, but right after the photos we ALL ditched the shoes (reception was on the beach as well). had my dress been hemmed for a lower heel (or a flat) i probably would have been a lot more comfortable dancing and dragging less material around.

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  6. I've got no suggestions, but I really like that dress.

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    1. Yes! Dress is gorgeous!

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    2. Likewise. That dress is seriously pretty. Well done.

      Find yourself some shoes and THEN get the dress hemmed.

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    3. Amaaaaaaazinggggg dress! I had never seen that one before!

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  7. Alter the dress once you have the shoes. The seamstress can make it the perfect floor-skimming length so you're not dragging it through the woods/mud/leaves.

    Suggestions:

    How about these in orange. They also come in taupe or black.

    Or these two-tone Kate Spade.

    Poppy print from YSL – on sale.

    Lanvin python, also on sale.

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  8. I get that you want a wedge, but wedges can be slide-o-rama city in the wrong terrain. What about a bootie or a chunky heel? Agree with others on the need to hem. If you use someone local and not associated with a storefront it can be super affordable.

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  9. Even wedges are risky on uncertain terrain. I was a bridesmaid in a wedding where we wore high wedges and walked across a bumpy field on an incline. Only one of us ended up eating it, but we all came close.

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  10. face-planting aside, i would note that an unhemmed dress that's too long for you is going to get suuuuuuuper-dirty. it's a rustic wedding, your dress's hem is going to get a little thrashed regardless, sure - but the hemming could mean the difference between "big dry-cleaning bill" and "looking like a ghost ship at the end of the night."

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  11. that dress is AMAZE-BALLS.

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  12. That's one of my favorite dresses.

    I'm curious WHY you don't want to get it hemmed. Are you going to try and sell it?

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  13. really? i kind of think these would be FINE, as far as the kind of roads she will be navigating go.

    also. i think she needs these shoes.

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  15. OP here - I guess I don't want the extra hassle of hemming my perfect dress (or what if the seamstress messes it up? AHHHHHHHH!). but everyone's right ... i guess i should just do it. i'll get great shoes, first. and then hem. thanks for the advice!

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    1. If you are worried about a seamstress screwing up the hem, I totally understand that. Just make sure you look at Google reviews of a bunch of different places near you and pick the high-est rated one. It helps to go in and see the seamstress, tell her what you want, try on the dress and shoes and see if you guys click. I love my seamstress! But if you are still worried about the seamstress at that point, its okay to leave and try another one as well! I had a bad vibe once and left it there anyways, and loe and behold, she screwed it up.

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  16. @Kellz. I wore Frye boots with my (very) long wedding gown at my outdoor wedding. Nearly two years later, I still wear my "wedding boots" all the time. I like these boots with your gorgeous gown. Good luck! xo.

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