The lovely Leah writes:
My friend is getting married in September. She has the lovely and classy wedding dress in ivory and champagne (see link). The length of the dress has been measured for a 2 1/2″ heel. She would love to find a beautiful and classy shoe to wear with this wedding dress. In red. Oh, and no wedges, please. While I find them comfortable, my friend has a dislike for the wedge style which I don’t quite understand but have given up trying to overcome.
Her wedding dress can be seen here. Please ignore the fact that the model is doing her best Kim Cattral ala Mannequin impression, and also disregard the Spanish bolero in the final picture as it won’t be worn in this ceremony. My friend looks devastatingly beautiful in this dress, possibly due to the glow on her face when she wears it. Awwwww….
I have tried to use the resources available to me in the links of the Manolosphere, however my amateur self has been overwhelmed in my red shoe search by the silly, funky, daring, whimsical, exotic, and just plain tacky offerings. I turn to you, the professionals, to help me pull the beautiful and classy from the piles of other. Can you help? I know at the very least you can inspire.
I, like the Manolo, love the shoes, even if I do spend most of the year puttering around the house barefoot. While I don’t spend a lot of time shoe shopping, I do spend a lot of time looking! That’s why, out of all of the problems I figured I might have fulfilling Leah’s request, I never imagined that it would be heel height of all things that tripped me up.
That’s right…I said heel height. Even when I searched specifically for a 2.5″ (or a 2 1/2 inch) heel, most of the results I got had higher or lower heels! I found many a lovely and towering shoe and sandal that would have caused an unattractive gap between Leah’s friend’s hemline and her aisle runner. Likewise, there are gorgeous flats and kitten heels that would have left said friend’s gown dragging dejectedly over the carpet. Furthermore, I considered centering my search around silk and satin shoes, but the heel height once again got in the way.
Instead, I decided to focused on patent leather and suede so Leah’s friend might at least get some idea of the shapes, shades, and styles she finds pleasing. The problem with patent is avoiding giving the appearance of a stripper, but I think these heels from BRUNO MAGLI, Lumiani, and Marc by Marc Jacobs do the trick. The suede heels hail from Gabriella Rocha, Fitzwell, and Kate Spade. Across the board, the prices vary quite a bit.
The most traditional shoe I found is a silk and leather sandal from Caparros. The color is right, the heel is right, and it’s delicate enough not to compete with the bride’s beautiful gown.
While I can’t begin to say that any of the shoes I have chosen are right for Leah’s friend — I’m not the Manolo, after all — I do hope I provided the requested inspiration! If the bride-to-be in question is searching for something more traditional, I’d suggest looking into dyeables, as chintzy as they can sometimes be. She might have better luck finding a shoe she loves that is the right height if she doesn’t have to worry about finding it in red.