Thursday, July 1, 2010

Black Bridesmaid Shoes

I've only been a bridesmaid once in my life, and I didn't have to pick anything out - I ordered the dress on file, bought the matching shoes, and was given a necklace & earrings to don on my friend's big day.

In a week, I'll be a bridesmaid in a friend's wedding and the look she has envisioned is a lot less bridesmaid-y and a lot more modern. I was gifted the most amazing J. Crew dress, and the bride's wishes of "any black shoe" turned into me looking for perfect pair of heels that made my calves look great in my knee-length frock. But the shoes also needed to be comfortable so I could dance into the wee hours with Greg. The search began....

I searched online, major area department stores, Van Hoecks, DSW, Nordstrom Rack - you name it, I bee-lined it for their shoe departments. There were heels, flats, platforms. Some with bows, some with rhinestones, some with straps. So many options, but none that worked for me.

Imagine my excitement when I came across the perfect pair of Ellen Tracy's at TJ Maxx. The place I was least expecting to find The Ones, I did. They fit perfectly, have a great heel height, my polished toes peep out from them the ideal amount, and they are black. They were a bit plainer than I had hoped to find, but $40 later, I was wearing them out for dinner with Greg to break them in.

I was cruising the Pixel & Hank Etsy store and happened to come across shoe clips. Honestly, I've never even considered adding shoe clips to jazz up my kicks, however, once I realized I could get the fun effect I was looking for, I placed my custom order with Daisy. Yesterday they showed up in my mail, and they are absolutely lovely.

Happy July, friends!

5 lovely comment(s):

Rose - Spark Creative Jul 1, 2010, 5:55:00 PM  

Super cute Aletha!

Jeannine Kennedy Jul 1, 2010, 6:05:00 PM  

Those are fantastic! I wonder if you could also use them as a hair clip? Or is that icky going from foot to head?

You find the neatest things, Aletha!

Aletha | Pearls Events Jul 1, 2010, 6:13:00 PM  

Jeannine - I think I could use them as a hair clip, however I ordered two clips from her too - one little and one a bit larger, so I'm all set in the hair department :)

Daisy is a former bride of ours (2008!) and I just LOVE that she is doing this - she is so, so talented and fun to work with.

Emily Jul 4, 2010, 3:10:00 AM  

the flowered shoe clips are beautiful and dress up the shoes so very well. Great Find.

Pam - Ring Insurance Jul 5, 2010, 4:52:00 PM  

Those are fabulous. I think you could have some fun matching jewelry and hair clips to those shoes!

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