Alice and Olivia Flats, from Bloomingdale’s ($295)
When I got married, I searched high and low before buying a gorgeous pair of strappy gold snakeskin leather heels that I was in love with. The problem is, when I got married we were are also on the beach. Which means that the actual wear time for my perfect dainty gold sandals was approximately eight and a half minutes (just long enough to get from the getting ready house to the ceremony site, before I slipped them off in favor of a pair of fifty-cent bamboo flip flops I’d bought as favors for our guests.) But even if you’re not getting married on the beach (sand + heels ≠ magic), the dirty secret of wedding style is that unless you’re wearing a short dress, ain’t nobody going to see your shoes. And chances are, if you’re wearing sky-high pumps, they’ll be kicked off as soon as the ceremony is over anyway. (Meg apparently kicked off her shoes during her ceremony, and she was wearing a short dress.)
Does this mean you shouldn’t wear heels if you wanna? As a 5’2″ devout heel-wearer myself, I’m not going to tell you that you can’t. But I will tell you that you really don’t have to. (Did you hear me, WIC? HEELS ARE NOT REQUIRED BRIDAL ATTIRE.)
If you’re taking my advice at face value, and realizing people probably won’t really see your shoes, you can walk into any Payless and grab a pair of cute flats for about $20. But if you’re like me, then half the fun of wedding shoe shopping is buying A) Something a little outrageous, or B) Killer shoes that you’re going to want to wear all the time (which is clearly the best way to take your wedding day with you).
Today’s roundup is not for those of you that want ballet flats. (Pro-tip: you can actually buy ballet shoes for $17, which is what Meg’s mom wore under her dress.) This roundup is a little fun, a little sassy (and we promise to come back in the spring with a flat sandal roundup).
Soundtrack for reading: “Shoes” by Kelly
White & Ivory 1. Dandyperf Perforated Oxford, Ivory, from Neiman Marcus ($375) 2. Doris Spiked T-Strap Beige Flat from Neiman Marcus ($99) 3. ‘Anya’ Ankle Strap D’Orsay Flat from Nordstrom ($59.95) 4. Tahari Nora Patent Bow Flats from Lord and Taylor ($89) 5. Blue by Betsey Johnson Dance Flat from Nordstrom ($79.95)
Metallic 1. Women’s Avery Bow Flat from Payless ($12) 2. Rebecca Minkoff Pointed Toe Flats – Isadora, from Bloomingdale’s ($225) 3. J. Renee ‘Blanche’ Flats from Zappos ($87) 4. Kate Spade New York ‘Niesha’ Flat, from Nordstrom ($350) 5. Loeffler Randall ‘Lou’ Flat from Zappos Couture ($149.99)
Color 1. Steven Ella Flats in Turquoise from Zappos ($62.99) 2. Color Block Ankle Cuff from Charlotte Russe ($17.50) 3. Michael Kors Jamelia Pointed-Toe Flat from Neiman Marcus ($112) 4. Steven by Steve Madden Suede Flats in Purple from Lord and Taylor ($79.99) 5. Kate Spade New York Pointed Toe Cap Toe Flats from Bloomingdale’s ($238)