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Custom-Made Shoes In Review

Remember how I bought a pair of custom designed shoes from a shop on Etsy three and a half months before my wedding?  Well, I did.  I had a great experience with the owner of the shop and I paid 200 dollars for my gorgeous crystal-covered, tartan highlighted heels.

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I know many members of the hive were interested in my shoe journey and I wanted to update you all on how my shoes are doing post-wedding.  I wish I could say my shoes look as amazing as they did when I first received them, but unfortunately, the rainy weather gave them a beating on our wedding day.  The painted eggplant soles took the brunt of it.

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However, the fabric had a rough time as well and was left stained from the rain (even though I did spray them with a weather sealer beforehand).  Perhaps I should have used something heavier and/or sprayed them multiple times?

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I’m also missing quite a few crystals from the base of the shoe.

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This little problem actually began weeks before the wedding day.  I was hell-bent on making my heels as comfortable as possible so I attempted to wear and walk around in them for quite a few consecutive days in a row for fifteen minutes at a time.  I walked up and down our hallway A LOT and then the week of the wedding I noticed that about 7 or 8 crystals had fallen off my shoes.  I’m not sure how normal this is, but I didn’t have to time to get too upset.  Instead, I went to JoAnn’s and bought some crystals and a little device that helped me glue them to the shoe.

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I started to get nervous about losing more crystals so I decided to sit while wearing my shoes to stretch them out without damaging them further.  Every time I put them on they fit more easily and comfortably!

This looks like a bizarre beer ad.

This looks like a bizarre beer ad.

My technique definitely worked too!  I wore my wedding heels from 11:30 AM until it was 7:30 PM and time to switch shoes for the dancing portion of the evening.  Luckily this classy moment was captured.

Could I look anymore like a spoiled princess?!?!

Could I look anymore like a spoiled princess?!?!

I have the BEST friends in the world!  They helped me into my gold strappy heels while I stuffed my face with our wedding cake.  Amazing.

I can think of two big questions in regards to custom-designed wedding shoes:

1) Was it worth it?  Absolutely.  My shoes are divine and I had a fabulous day in them (despite the miserable weather).  I can’t wait to see them in my professional photos and I’m still happy I splurged to make my shoe dream come true when I could’t find what I was looking for in the stores.  Who knows, maybe I’ll get them all fixed up so I can wear them again one day!

2) Would you recommend it to someone else?  Probably not, because you might want shoes you can wear over and over again or you might think 200 dollars is outrageous to spend on one pair.  This route is not for everyone, but if you really want your shoes to be different or unique and you need the help of a professional then I’d definitely say go for it!

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Would you order custom-designed shoes for your wedding day?  Anyone else’s wedding heels get mangled in bad weather?

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Something Borrowed… From a Bee!

Hive, I have been kicking ass and taking names on finishing off the details of my bridal look.  In the course of 8 days I bought my wedding jewelry, ordered my shoes on Etsy, purchased a new corset bra for under my dress, my hair extensions were purchased, AND I received my something borrowed veil in the mail.

Who’s veil am I going to be wearing?  I’ll give you a hint.  Not only is she a fellow fairy tale/magic generation bee but she’s also a fellow weapons related icon.  🙂  Why, yes, the lovely and gorgeous Mrs. Archer of course!

The veil I’m borrowing is her fingertip length diamond white beauty and I’m so honored to be able to wear something on my wedding day that will remind me of this wonderful community.

Since I’m huge tease and haven’t revealed my dress yet, here is a few photos of me wearing the veil with my tiara.  Let’s ignore the fact that I have no clue how to put on a veil, let alone a veil WITH a tiara.   (Seriously I had no idea what I was doing.)

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I just love the fullness of it and I’m dying to see how it looks with my gown.  How does one keep a tiara and a veil securely attached to their head without an up do?  Good thing I’ve got Laura!

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What do you think of the veil with the tiara?  Would you borrow someone else’s veil?

Shoe Me

Why am I such a shoe shopping failure?

(That’s all I got for an intro.  Witty I know.)

Here are some shoes I’ll never buy, but liked enough to save and share with you lovely people.

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Kate Spade New York Clarice/ image via Zappos

Your daily dose of shoe porn, you’re welcome.

But wait, that’s not all!  I’ve come to a conclusion that feels good in a scary, nauseous sort of way.

Hive, I have decided to order custom-designed shoes from a shop on Etsy.

Why you ask?  Because I haven’t found anything I like and I’m running out of time!  You might remember my desire for Cinderella glass slipper type shoes, but nothing I found seemed to fit that style.  Making things more difficult was the fact that I had a set inspiration in mind, but no idea of how I wanted the shoes to look, in the details and such.  It doesn’t help things when you don’t have a clear vision in your head!

So when I found an Etsy shop and lets you customize your bridal shoes, I jumped on it.  I’m still in communication with the owner and in the process of deciding which shoe base to start with, but  I’m kind of excited about the surprise of it all and the fact that no one will have the exact same pair of wedding heels.

On the other hand, I’m scared that the shoes won’t fit or that they’ll be super painful or worse yet, that I won’t like them!  As someone who rarely buys clothing or shoes online (because I’m the girl who tries on and touches everything she purchases), I’m a bit nervous to take this plunge.  But in the end,  I’m just gonna trust that it’ll work out and I’ll be rocking some fabulous shoes on my wedding day!

Now if you’ll excuse me I have to tell my family friend seamstress that I won’t have my shoes for my first fitting.  I don’t think she’ll mind but I know if I were getting Evie altered at a bridal store I wouldn’t have the luxury of asking them to be flexible about my lack of shoes.  Yay for friendors!

And of course I’ll keep you guys posted every step of the way!  Let’s hope the benefits out-weight the risks.   🙂

Would you or have you ordered shoes from Etsy?  Do you have any suggestions on how I can make my shoes look Cinderella-inspired?  And finally, what do you think of the first pair of heels I posted… ugly or HOT (it’s one of those shoes that has no middle ground)?