Friday, December 31, 2010

Shoesies for My Feetsies: The Search Continues Indefinitely

When last we left my shoe search all of two days ago, I was looking for classy shoes with a low heel that would be comfortable and stay on my feet, and I was ready for a foray into the real world of shoes.  For me, this translates to sales racks.  My shoe budget is minuscule, so this and Payless were pretty much the only options (and believe me, I spent a lot of time looking at Payless).

Since I had so much time, my shopping was very casual.  Whenever I went to the mall, I would take a peak at the shoe and department stores to see if they had anything interesting.

Personal Photos

I was pretty much just having fun with the first one, but I really do love the left shoe in the bottom picture.  I may have bought that one if the heel had been about half as high.  And while they always seemed a bit informal, I absolutely love flip flops.  I wear them whenever the weather allows and often when it doesn't.  So when I was starting to give up on finding a cute shoe with a small heel, I toyed with the idea of buying sandals like the one above.  It's cute, it's white, and it's by my beloved Nina.

However, my search quickly started to get frustrating, mostly because trying to find shoes with a small heel that don't look like a grandma's is pretty ridiculous.  So I turned to the most cost-effective alternative to buying shoes:  my closet.

I wore these to prom, and I still like them and would be totally comfortable wearing them to the wedding if it weren't for a few problems.  The heel is a little too high, they don't have straps, so they don't stay in place as much as I'd like, and most importantly, they're trashed.  They're scuffed and many of the strings of rhinestones are broken beyond repair.  As much as I like them, I don't want to wear broken shoes to my wedding.

These are my absolute favorite shoes of all time, and I very seriously considered wearing them, especially since they really go with the outdoor, summery vibe that we're going for.  But they have their problems as well.  Though they're super comfortable and stay on my feet really well, they are also a bit too high, and they're wedges which really wasn't what I was looking for.  But the main problem is the same as my prom shoes:  because I wear them all the time, they're dirty, broken, and kind of squished.  I probably could have made them passable, but at the same time, because I wear them all the time, they wouldn't really be special.

I love these shoes.  They are so freaking adorable.  But the greatest thing about these guys is they are the PERFECT heel height.  They're pink which works with the wedding colors, and they're classy while still being covered in glitter which frankly is perfect for me.  Unfortunately, they're hopelessly uncomfortable.  Even if I could attach a heel strap so they didn't flop around all the time, I don't think I'm skilled enough to keep the toe area from digging into my feet.  I was sad to realize that these just were not going to work out.

After almost a year of searching, I still had not found a shoe that fit all of my requirements, until this week that is.  Stay tuned for the conclusion!

Where did you go for your shoe search?  Would you consider wearing shoes you already owned?


  1. Perfect heel height is SO important. I hope this story has a happy ending!

    P.S. I know that first shoe is all kinds of wrong for a wedding day but I'm in love with it!

  2. I love the first shoe. Wrong for you, maybe, but it would have fit my wedding day quite nicely (in fact, it's not too different than my wedding shoes...) Anyway, you have quite a thing for buying strapless shoes, huh? I can't wear a shoe (other than flip flops of course) without some structure in the back - I can't even stand slingbacks with just a strap back there. I look forward to seeing what you got this week.

  3. Yeah, I guess I do. I think I gravitate towards ones that stay on my foot despite their lack of straps cuz I've only had that problem with one of those pairs of shoes. Go figure. I actually think I dislike straps and structure in general because the more I have on my feet, the more I tend to get hurt. I've literally bled from straps on these kinds of shoes more than once.

    I do love that first one. Waaaaaaaaay too tall for Daniel, but I'd totally wear them to something else.


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