Monday, September 10, 2007

I'm on the prowl

For shoes. Fantastic, fabulous red shoes. And not just any red, mind you, no. Deep, dark, burgundy wine red. Since my dress isn't red, I want my accessories to be my favorite color. Besides, it is more practical to get shoes in red, which I would wear after the wedding whenever I could find an excuse to- holidays, formal wedding, vacuuming- whereas white/ivory/ecru/snow colored shoes would just stay in my closet for a couple of years before I donated them to goodwill, like I did with the white satin ballet flats I wore to prom.

Unfortunately, while red is a big color for shoes this season, it seems that patent leather is the material of choice. While I covet these shoes (identical to ones available at a local boutique)

Red ballet flats by Jeffrey Campbell

I know that I want something with a heel, and I don't want patent leather (or any leather, for that matter). I'm looking for something similar to the ones worn by knottie MrsKurtz:

Perhaps slightly darker red, but if these were still available, I'd definitely snatch them up. My first trip to the mall led to...nothing.

After looking extensively on Zapppos, and other readily google-able online vendors, I came across the following shoes:

Nina "Floy LS" at solestruck. Not completely sure about the stripes...

Nina "Farita" at solestruck. Gorgeous looking, and seem like the perfect color. Not sure about heel height and ankle strap.

Caparros "Reese" from Lori's Shoes. Not sure about color- a little to bright?

Stuart Weitzman "Tonight" on bluefly which are sadly no longer available in my size. Just as well, as they were out of my price range. But they have a lower heel (2.5") which is good.

Kenneth Cole Reaction "Wicked Rich" from Zappos. Reviews on Zappos suggest that they could pinch, and to order up 1 size. Problem: I wear a 10, and they don't make a 10.5.

Unfortunately, most of these shoes have high (3"+) heels. Calvin is taller than me, but he's not that much taller. Also, I'm about 5'10", which would put me towering over nearly all my guests (but not my family, of 6', I'd still be the second shortest out of five in my immediate family). Dyables are not much of an option, since the colors can bleed (and I don't want to risk it with my light colored dress and the potential for rain in May).

Does anyone have any recommendation of other places for shoes? Where did you get your wedding shoes?


mnc said...

I love the Reese shoe!! Hot!
I really can't think of a better place than Zappos to look for shoes...
In Cleveland you should be sure to look at DSW and at Dallas ShoeWarehouse by Randall "Mall." Sometimes they have some awesome finds. I found a pair of $320 Weitzmann's there for $20 once!
Also maybe Off Saks 5th outlet, Aldo, Bakers at Beachwood and maybe even Dillards at Beachwood which I always forget has cool shoes.
Oh, and Nordstrom.
Also check It's based in the UK but they ship here and have good shoes.

Phew!! Can you tell I'm a shopper??

susu said...

i have these from urban outfitters - sooo comfortable, but maybe too high at 2.5 in,-product.startDate&navCount=49&navAction=poppush&color=

susu said...

that might not have worked. the shoes are on urban outfitters site, under wedges. they are a gorgeous deep red color. love them!

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