A little funkier and a little more sole

I love French Sole flats, despite the fact that they have no arch support and are in no way designed for serious walking. They’re your classic “get into the car and out of the car and into a chair” kind of shoe. My own wedding shoes came from French Sole, as I’d never seen anything prettier than the gold and deep red satin slim-fitting, low cut ballet flats.

As it turned out, they were comfy enough to wear throughout the wedding, even though I was on my feet for most of the day. That wasn’t the best part, however. No, the best part was the fun splash of color they added to my otherwise gold ensemble.

French Sole fs / ny fuchsia python print 'Zoe' ballet flatsFrench Sole fs / ny beige quilted leather python cap toe flats
French Sole fs / ny gold trim leopard 'Zoe' ballet flatsFrench Sole fs / ny white patent leather 'Zoe' ballet flats

I’m not saying shoes from French Sole will cradle your feet like a cloud or even wear particularly well, but they did work for me. I needed to wear flats — or chunky heels but I hate chunky heels — as my aisle was sandy and my dance floor was grass. Though I did have a backup pair of gold leather flip flips ::cue the gasps:: I never had cause to put them on.

If your wedding shoes are (or were) hipper or more colorful than the usual white satin or silk pump, let’s hear about them!

15 Responses to “A little funkier and a little more sole”

  1. Audrey says:

    I can’t even remember what shoes I wore in the wedding, and it was only 2 years ago. Needless to say I kicked them off after the ceremony and traipsed around the reception bare foot – which felt great since it was a backyard affair and we had set up croquet.

  2. kate says:

    What excellent timing! I got married Saturday. I started out in white satin pumps (pretty, but hella uncomfortable). They lasted through pictures and the ketubah signing. I went back to fix my make up before the ceremony and ditched them in favor of red crocodile dansko heels that got me through the rest of the night. MUCH more comfortable – and cuter, too, frankly. 🙂

  3. C* says:

    I wore a pair of fabulous gold Donald J Pliner heels. I picked them out because I thought the cut-outs on the sides would really show off my henna tatoos. 🙂


    and also:


  4. Never teh Bride says:

    Cute, kate!

    C* — Now that is one sassy wedding shoe.

  5. Twistie says:

    I wore bright scarlet Scottish dancing ghillies. Cute, sassy, comfortable, and yet another nod to my heritage.

  6. Pencils says:

    I had a great pair of yellow low-topped Chuck Taylors with daisies printed on them to dance in if my beautiful Benjamin Adams wedding shoes hurt. I expected to wear them, I was looking forward to the photos of me in my wedding gown, dancing in the Chucks I wear most days. But my wedding shoes were so beautiful, and so comfortable, I couldn’t bear to take them off! I ordered them, fully expecting to dye them blue, but they were so beautiful when I took them out of the box I couldn’t risk dyeing them. And the ivory matched my dress. So I wore them as is. I still haven’t gotten them redyed–I should, though, I’d love to wear them again. These are the shoes: http://www.theaccessoryboutique.com/product/product_list.php

    I do wish I had a picture of me in my wedding dress and Chucks, though!

  7. LeeLee says:

    I had gorgeous shoes – but they were white. I have very narrow feet, so I’m hard to fit. My dress wasn’t quite floor length, so my shoes would show. I needed a miracle. I went to the local pageant/ ballroom dance shoe store. I ended up with ballroom shoes in peau de soie with a sculpted heel, ankle strap, cutouts, and crystals. They were hot. Flats for the reception were not an option – my husband is a full foot taller than I. We would not have made it into the same frame in the photos and the requisite cake and champagne feeding would have been more awkward than usual.

  8. Sarah C. says:

    I wore these with black fishnets underneath my very classic giant white wedding dress. I had to throw my own personality in somewhere… and the purple perfectly matched the capelet I was wearing.

  9. Sarah C. says:

    ARGH! The link didn’t work. These are the shoes: http://www1.macys.com/catalog/product/index.ognc?ID=283459&CategoryID=26869&LinkType=SiteAd&LinkLoc=13247&AdID=43322

    I’m considering a pair of the flats. They’re adorable.

  10. Never teh Bride says:

    Fantastic, Sarah C.! What a cool choice.

  11. E. says:

    I’ve bought shoes from the John Fluevog “Wedding Programme” line just for everyday wear and would definitely be rocking a pair from there if I were getting married. Gorgeous and edgy boots, shoes and sandals from a wonderful company.

  12. Never teh Bride says:

    I do love the Fluevog wedding line, E. That’s likely what I would have chosen if I’d been marrying somewhere chillier!

  13. JaneC says:

    I wore these peep-toe pumps:

    but mine were red leather. Not super-bright red, but the color of the covers of some of the books on my shelves. I really wanted to wear red shoes, and I had a heck of a time finding red high heels that weren’t cherry-colored patent leather (not really the look I was going for). I thought about Scottish dancing ghillies, or getting white Irish ghillies and dyeing them red–especially after seeing Twistie mention hers on this blog–but I decided that heels would be better than totally flat shoes for me. I tend to walk funny when I wear flats, and have better posture in heels.
    The heels didn’t at all prevent me from dancing an Irish reel or teaching a Scottish country dance to my guests.

  14. KTB says:

    I just bought these: http://www.zappos.com/n/p/p/7380453.html because I found them somewhere else on sale for $128. I adore Kate Spade shoes, and loved the puzzle motif on the vamp for a wedding.

    Plus, my fiance is only two inches taller than me and rarely stands up perfectly straight, so I’d look a little silly in four-inch heels next to him. And the best part is that I can potentially wear these all night, but I am buying a pair of white Reef flip-flops to wear to the reception (and on the honeymoon!) just in case.