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Wedding Shoes: Splurge or Go Sensible?

I am torn with what do do about my wedding shoes.

I have a beautiful long wedding dress (and that's all I can describe to you now).  It wasn't cheap; in fact, I probably pushed the budget a little on it.

But now, I'm plagued by blogs that have me coveting images such as this one:


The mecca of wedding shoes ... Louboutins.  Which also would be coming right out of my own checking account, and this would simply make Ian shudder.  I wouldn't have an easy time justifying these over a new piece of furniture.  But on the other hand - when else can you splurge on yourself but your wedding day?


So I did what any gal would do, I ordered 3 pairs of Nina shoes from Zappos.  I like them all (one pair is similar to the below pair) but I wouldn't say any of them are extraordinarily gorgeous.  On the other hand, however, all are around $70-75 ... much more wallet-friendly.  And not to sound like a grandmother, but the heels on all 3 pairs are a lot more sensible for a long day and night of standing around and dancing.


Then there's the "neither-here-nor-there" shoes that I am absolutely in love with.  I give them this title because they're not $600-700 like Louboutins, but they are $310 from the BHLDN line.  Gorgeously stunning, but still tough to justify the spending.  


So what did you do?  Did you splurge on hot heels or did you go with a more reasonible/sensible pair?  Did you regret making either choice, and why? 

14 comments:

  1. I wanted red shoes and I got them. Like I told you the other day I spent about $200 on them but I will have them forever and giving that they are red I can wear them again.
    I would drop a 'G' on wedding shoes. You might take that extra cash you don't spend and purchase new honeymoon clothes.

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  2. Hi! I just started following your blog! I got married last March and I definitely went the cheaper route. My dress was long as well, and honestly no one really saw much of my shoes so I'm glad I went with a pair that were fairly comfortable and cheap.

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  3. I didn't know you were getting married soon. How fun! Congratulations! I definitely went the cheaper and sensible route with my wedding shoes.

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  4. I actually went cheap with my shoes.. payless satin ones. Now for the NEXT go round... I will have colored shoes... as well as a black dress.

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  5. I did not splurge on shoes. In fact, I wore a pair of NineWest gold satin peep toes from a stint as a bridesmaid the year before. I thought if I bought new shoes I'd never wear them after the wedding because they would be too special and it would be a waste of money. My friend bought the blue Manolo Blanik S&City shoes for her wedding and she said they were horribly uncomfortable.

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  6. Obviously I'm not married but girl, I say you should splurge. When else would you? And I'm a huge person on comfortable shoes....hate to say it but the more expensive ones are typically more comfortable. If you get a somewhat versatile color pair of Louboutins, I'm sure you'll wear them again. I think it would be super fun for you to go all out but then again, I'm a bad influence! :)

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  7. Hi - I just started reading your blog and love it. Did you know that Nina's online has a design your own shoe section? You can custom color the bottom of the soles as well as design all the other elements of the shoe (including heel height) and I think it's still under $200.

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  8. Ugh this is a toughie girlfriend. I wanted Loubies so bad too butttt at the end of the day it totally wasn't worth it. I went with Nina shoes too. But then those didn't make the cut either! I ended up wearing these old gray shoes I had had for years. My shoes were the least of my worries :)

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  9. I went with the Nina and but they were they typical ivory bridal looking show and there I will never wear them again. BUT I would say splurge if they are something you will wear over and over again :) Let me know if you need more help justifying...i'm a pro at this game :)

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  10. I wanted a pair of the Valentino pumps with the huge bows, and I went looking at Off-Broadway for a pair of shoes for my Madre to wear and we ended up finding an exact replica in bright pink for only $39.90! I LOVED them and am SO glad I didn't spend the $600 on the Valentino's!

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  11. I went pretty sensible. Got shoes I loved from Ann Taylor & waited til they were on sale. I only ended up wearing them for the reception {changed into flip flops for the wedding}. I thought I'd wear the wedding shoes post-wedding, but I rarely have. They really aren't very comfortable.

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  12. Okay, I went with a Nina, but it was a bit fancier. I had a short dress, long story, and they were beaded and beautiful. BUT I would say go with the mid-priced pair. You obviously love them and it is important to treat yourself to the details that will put a smile on your face when you see them in the closet years later. I splurged on my invitations and I'm a huge fan of print and design, so it was very important to me and I'm still in love with them. I refuse to throw away the extras that we didn't need. :)

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  13. I went with an inexpensive pair of peep-toe flats that were very comfortable but nothing special.. I never wore them again so on that note I'm glad I didn't spend a lot.. HOWEVER - in a bunch of pictures you can see my shoes and I cringe a little bit and wish I had worn a pair of rockin' stilettos!

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  14. I just took the plunge and ordered from Saks - you got it - Monolos - the ones Bella wore in her wedding in Twilight! I just had to have them. I feel sooo guilty right now!!!

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