The One With All the Shoes

Warning: Shoe porn ahead. All you recovering addicts, look away.

Hello, my name is Miss Camera and I am addicted to shoes (hiii miss cameraaaa).

It’s a little unreasonable. I buy shoes 3 or 4 pairs at a time sometimes (for the record, not since our engagement!), and sometimes I don’t even have an event in mind when I buy them. I just HAVE TO HAVE them. I have flats, flip flops, sneakers, high heels, wedges and boots, like any good shoe-addict.

For the past 20+ years, I have been planning a wedding in my head in general terms, but I had a picture of a certain shoe that I just KNEW I would have:

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Badgley Mischka Randee // Image via Heels.com

I die. Literally, I am dead. Someone call an ambulance.

I don’t think I could design a more perfect shoe for me, girls. It’s flirty, it’s feminine, it’s not overly fancy, and it screams bridal. Unfortunately, it’s also Badgley Mischka, and with a price tag of $225 it’s not exactly thrifty.

Before we had an official wedding budget, I decided that my wedding was the one time in my life I could justify spending two hundred bones, put these shoes in my mind on the “must have” list and set it aside.

Now, if you’ve been keeping up with my posts and read The One Where We Chose a Venue, you’ll notice there’s a problem.

THE ENTIRE WEDDING IS OUTSIDE. IN THE GRASS.

Hive, I have no plans to aerate the entire Island House lawn in a few months. Plus, how could I dirty up my Badgley Mischkas!?

Le sigh.

From what I understand, I have three options. Here are examples of each and how I’m grading them:

1. Sandals/Flats: Obviously these are the most comfortable option, and seeing as how I and everyone else live in flip flops all summer long, it definitely fits with the theme.

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Kate Spade Imani // Image via Neimanmarcus.com

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Badgley Mischka Sahara // Image via MyGlassSlipper.com

My main issues with this route is it could be construed as “too casual,” but more importantly – I am short!! I’m 5’3″ and I need some extra vertical inches on the biggest day of my life.

Attractiveness: B
Comfort: A+
Height: F-

2. Sole Mates: The what? you might ask? If you have not seen this genius invention, allow me to introduce you – this is a product that you put onto your stiletto heel to widen the surface area of the heel itself, thus allowing you to walk on grass without (theoretically) sinking into the ground. Here is what we’re talking about:

I bought these to test in the front yard and put on a show for the neighbors. I wish I had a photo. They definitely did their job! However, while they certainly are smart (and hello, how did I not think of them!?), they are definitely not invisible, and while my dress is long and covers my feet, it makes me sad that you could see them in photos, should my dress come up during all the dancing that I am sure will occur. The other issue I have is that while I looooove high heels, it’s no secret that they are notoriously uncomfortable, and these sole mates don’t help with that unfortunately. If I’m going to wear shoes for upwards of 8 hours, I better be able to walk in them!

Attractiveness: A from the front, D from the back
Comfort: C
Height: A+

3. Wedges: Oh, the wedge. Everyone I’ve talked to about my predicament says “Oh just get a pair of wedges!” If only it was that easy. I am just, in the simplest of terms, not a fan of wedges. The only wedges I like are the casual summery cork wedges. And while this wedding is not by any means “fancy” I don’t envision wearing cork or rope bottom wedges with the most expensive dress I’ll ever put on. There are NOT a lot of “fancy” wedges.. in fact there are only a handful I’ve come up with that are somewhat attractive to me.

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Nina Mahala // Image via DSW.com

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Nina Pultan Wedge // Image via DSW.com

Attractiveness: CComfort: B
Height: A

My issue with these are that I just don’t really like them. They make the most sense for the height and the lawn, but I just don’t like them.

Luckily, I have 5 months left to wallow in my shoe-misery.

Has anyone else out there had similar issues? Did you use Sole Mates and find them helpful? Anyone with cute wedges out there? I can use all the help I can get!

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