Wedding Wednesday: Shoe obsessed

I think I've mentioned before that once you are engaged, some people assume you have a wedding planned and ready to go? Or, some people assume that you suddenly devote all time to planning? Perhaps it's just something to say, but I've had so many questions about our wedding date, our venue, my dress, and other details of our totally unplanned wedding. In an attempt to check something off the list, I've been obsessing about shoes.

I've prowled around the web looking for my ideal wedding shoe. I found the picture above. I'm not beyond figuring out who that bride is and emailing her about her shoes. I already did it with another bride and, thankfully, she totally understood the importance of shoes and let me know where she got her shoes (clearance at Lord & Taylor, darn it) and that they were dyed to get that perfect teal-blue color on them.

The color is somewhere in there.
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Deciding that dyed shoes must have progressed since my days as a bridesmaid, when my feet got dyed after wearing dyed shoes, I decided to look at dyeables. I was surprised to find that there are some pretty awesome dyeable shoes out there!

But, you know this if you're a regular reader. Last week, I shared my first wedding related purchase (and return). I bought a gorgeous pair of dyeable, white satin, Badgley Mischka shoes from Rue La La. When they arrived, I realized that their four inch heel was just a bit too high. I wear heels. I have plenty in my closet. But four inchers don't seem to be ideal wedding shoes. Back they went.

My search goes on, but I continue to wonder if I should still consider dyeables. I have a guy up in Boston who is a "master dyer" who will do my shoes for me off of any swatch (so I won't be limited to the colors in a book, which is how the local bridal boutique operates). However, I haven't had dyeables since 2003 or so. Has anyone had them more recently? Do they dye your feet still?

Next time, I'm going to talk about photography. The image at the top of the post is part of that post, too.


  1. I haven't had to wear dyeable shoes for a few years now, but I don't remember my feet ever getting discolored by them. I never had them dyed to such a dark/dramatic color either though. I would imagine that if you use someone good who knows what they're doing it should be fine. I love the color you're going for too, I think it's going to look fantastic.

  2. I wore some about three years ago, and they were just fine- no purple feet here. I love how the groom's socks match her shoes in that photo.

    Also, TOTALLY hear you about people expecting you to have a wedding planned. I get so many questions about all that stuff, and I almost want to remind people that my mind has kind of been on Christmas, work, plowing through brick walls to do electrical work, and so on. But that doesn't mean I'm not excited!

  3. I feel like I should know the shoes in the picture. I looked at every dyed shoe there was when I was helping my sister with her wedding.

    Between all of us who read this blog, we can track it down!!!

    I know what you mean about bleeding shoes. The cheap dyed shoes do it. You're not the David's Bridal type, so I don't think you will have a problem with cheap shoes.

  4. I got in the habit about not discussing wedding stuff with coworkers and friends just b/c of how overwelming it got! I was like woah buddy! This isn't even CLOSE to done yet!

    I have heard really good things about dye-able shoes lately, my girlfriends are practically professional bridesmaids and they love a good dye-able shoe. Because they are not brides, they get theirs at payless. So i'm guessing if payless dye holds up then professional dye will work even better?

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  5. dyeables have come a long way since the 80's! I had to wear a pair for a wedding two years ago and I was a little put off by this, but my feet stayed dye free (shockingly).

    In 2007 when I got married the website was a great resource for wedding shoes (both designer and less expensive). GL finding what you're looking for. Another place that has shockingly great shoes for weddings is DSW. Ironically the winter is the best time to look for them, I think it's because they're gearing up for spring and summer weddings?

  6. I agree, the shoes are important -- both in appearance and comfort. You'll be on your feet a LOT on your wedding day, so I'd suggest erring on the side of caution and going with a lower heel (Maybe 2"?) and making sure that those shoes are incredibly comfortable.

  7. I LOVE your shoe idea! That color is amazing. By the way, congratulations on your engagement! That is so exciting! I am soooo far behind on my blog reading, I'm sorry that my well wishes are so late!

    Have a very Merry Christmas!

  8. I just got married in October and did the dyable shoe thing. I was trying to match the color of a blue ribbon, which inspired my whole wedding color scheme and concept. Talk about a challenge!

    So anyways, after searching through what seemed like thousands of shoes and not finding a single pair, I stumbled upon Payless' wedding shoe website (Unforgettable Moments). It was never my intention to purchase from them, but I found a style that I loved (Catherine) and they had the perfect color match to my ribbon. I was expecting to pay around $200 for a pair of shoes and ended up spending $40. They were perfectly comfortable and the dye never came off of the shoe. I must say that their customer service people were also helpful! They will accept unworn dyed shoes back if you the color isn't what you had hoped for or if the shoe doesn't fit. I'm not saying you have to go with Payless, just wanted to share my recent experience. Hope that helps!


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