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Opinions on Bride's Shoes

I don't have my dress picked out yet, but I know I'm going with floor length and lace. 

I am in no way at all wearing heels. I am 5' 8" and don't need them, and I have very weak ankles and physically can't wear anything with a heel. I don't want to wear flip flops because the toe thong is uncomfortable for mee and I don't want the "smack" nosie when it hits your heel while I'm walking. I'm not really a fan of ballarina flats. Too girly for me, but I haven't shut them out completely. My fiancee is having all of the guys and himself wear new rod lever sneakers (they play foot bag together) and I was thinking of getting my bridesmaids and myself keens (since they no longe make Simple sneakers). This is what I was looking at:
http://www.zappos.com/keen-coronado-bossa-nova-chocolate-chip?zlfid=111&recoName=zap_pdp_cross
I talked to my mom about the idea and she totally freaked about me wearing sneakers. I feel that I want to be comfortable, and they wont show anyway unless I lift the dress up for photos. I think it's a cute idea, but I'm very indecisive about it. 
What do all of you think? Anyone wear something besides heels for the wedding? Are there shoes that are comfortable that I haven't thought of yet?

Ha- so I know I just posted this today but I think I've found the right shoe- it's comfy, not a sneaker, and not a flip flop: http://www.zappos.com/bass-margie-white . Thanks for all the help ladies! 
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  • Hmm... What do the bridesmaids dresses look like?
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  • edited July 2012
    I personally hate sneakers with formal dresses. Lace is so elegant and beautiful. Sneakers are clunky and not dressy at all. Have you thought about a flat sandal? Not flip flops, but a nice sandal has straps to hold them on your feet.

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    [QUOTE]I don't have my dress picked out yet, <strong>but I know I'm going with floor length and lace. </strong> I am in no way at all wearing heels. I am 5' 8" and don't need them, and I have very weak ankles and physically can't wear anything with a heel. I don't want to wear flip flops because the toe thong is uncomfortable for mee and I don't want the "smack" nosie when it hits your heel while I'm walking. I'm not really a fan of ballarina flats. Too girly for me, but I haven't shut them out completely. My fiancee is having all of the guys and himself wear new rod lever sneakers (they play foot bag together) and I was thinking of getting my bridesmaids and myself keens (since they no longe make Simple sneakers). This is what I was looking at: <a href="http://www.zappos.com/keen-coronado-bossa-nova-chocolate-chip?zlfid=111&recoName=zap_pdp_cross" rel="nofollow">http://www.zappos.com/keen-coronado-bossa-nova-chocolate-chip?zlfid=111&recoName=zap_pdp_cross</a> I talked to my mom about the idea and she totally freaked about me wearing sneakers. I feel that I want to be comfortable, and they wont show anyway unless I lift the dress up for photos. I think it's a cute idea, but I'm very indecisive about it.  What do all of you think? Anyone wear something besides heels for the wedding? Are there shoes that are comfortable that I haven't thought of yet?
    Posted by Amsdragonfly[/QUOTE]

    You never really know what you are going to get till you get to the bridal salon. A lot of women think they will get a certain style and end up with the exact opposite. That being said, wait till you've picked out your dress then revisit this topic. You'll be better able to get a vision of what will look best.

    And no sneakers, find a lower heel or a sandal as PP's suggested.
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  • I never thought of the sandal idea, I don't know why. I like that idea. Thank you! I'm going to start looking for some nice flat sandals now. :)
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  • If that's what you really want then go for it. 

    What do you normally wear when you go out wearing a dress?  I would start there and find something similar.  There are definitely flat, no heel, dressy sandals without a toe thong strap that you can wear.

  • That sandal idea got me looking. What do you all think of these in white? Better than sneakers, right? :)
    http://www.zappos.com/bass-margie-cinnamon
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  • Yay! I think I've found my shoe. Thanks for the help and opinions. It helped!
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  • Nooooo!!! (to the sneakers) why not just some nice flats??
  • I know you have found sandals that work. I just wanted to add that when my youngest sister married, she wore sneakers. She had a full gorgeous ball gown, cathedral train...she was beautiful. Only we knew she was in new white tennis shoes (with glittery lace laces!) Her bridesmaids didn't join her, but she is a bit of a jock. They were perfect. Daddy wasn't thrilled, but the rest of us rather enjoyed knowing! She is the only one standing up with me, and when I told her she could pick out her dress and shoes - Mom said WATCH IT! She'll grab runners! (For the record, she has not bought shoes yet, but she is practicing in a pair of my heels. 12 years later and she thinks she wants to wear heels now!)
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  • Personally I say no to sneakers for the ceremony. But I am going to wear toms for the dancing. Im getting silver glitter toms to match my reception short dress. I want to be able to dance my butt off. Plus I don't want to ruin my wedding shoes with dancing and drinking. I completely splurged on the shoes. Louboutins is the highlight of my attire.
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Opinions on Bride's Shoes : OP has moved past the sneakers. Did you read the thread?
    Posted by ILoveMilkDuds[/QUOTE]

    So sue me, Duds.  Sometimes I only read the OP because I'm not concerned with everyone else's opinions.  I don't see you picking on the other people that posted similar things after me.  Aren't moderators supposed to be nice??
  • You should check out Toms. I'm leaning towards wearing them for the reception and maybe for the ceremony.
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    [QUOTE]Personally I say no to sneakers for the ceremony. But I am going to wear toms for the dancing. Im getting silver glitter toms to match my reception short dress. I want to be able to dance my butt off. Plus I don't want to ruin my wedding shoes with dancing and drinking. I completely splurged on the shoes. <strong>Louboutins is the highlight of my attire</strong>.
    Posted by babeecutee[/QUOTE]

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    </div><div>If I could afford shoes as nice as that there's no way I'd be changing into TOMs :)</div><div>
    </div><div>OP, I think the sandals you chose look really comfy and they'll look great with any dress. You can always revisit them later if you end up with a different style of dress. Or, if you get the shoes now you can take them to your appointments. </div><div>
    </div><div>I'm also not a fan of sneakers with formal dresses. I can actually deal with it better underneath a bridal or full-length gown, though. It's when they're with shorter bridesmaid dresses that I just can't deal with them </div>
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  • I think the sandals are a nice choice and definitely go better with a formal dress than sneakers.  But either way, wear what you want and are going to be comfortable in - if you have a long dress no one is going to know either way!  Just don't mention it to your mom =]
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re:Opinions on Bride's Shoes : <strong>If I could afford shoes as nice as that there's no way I'd be changing into TOMs :)</strong> OP, I think the sandals you chose look really comfy and they'll look great with any dress. You can always revisit them later if you end up with a different style of dress. Or, if you get the shoes now you can take them to your appointments.  I'm also not a fan of sneakers with formal dresses. I can actually deal with it better underneath a bridal or full-length gown, though. It's when they're with shorter bridesmaid dresses that I just can't deal with them 
    Posted by divinemsbee[/QUOTE]

    This is exactly what I thought!  On a related note, I don't get the whole love affair some people seem to have with TOMS.  The whole idea of giving a pair of shoes away to a needy child with a purchase is great, but I think the shoes are rather ugly! 
  • Toms are comfortable. I thought about some for the reception, but these are my shoes and what I'm getting my dress hemmed to (4.5 inch heel) 


    So if I change into flats I'll be dragging my dress everywhere. I bought some pretty wedge flip flops instead. 

    That said, I'm a bit of a shoe whore, and here are some flat, comfortable, non thong options I found if you haven't decided on the red sandals (not sure of your budget so included them all) I'm sorry if none of them are your style, but there's a ton of options for comfortable wedding shoes. 






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  • I totally agreed with the shoe being really ugly but after i tried them on i was sold.  I work as a hairstylist so I"m required to stand in one spot for a long period of time.  After awhile flats just don't give enough support. As for me changing out of my louboutins, I'm an easy drunk that's sloppy.  My dancefloor opens at 9 and will remain open till 1:oo. So tha's 4 hours of dancing i want to do. Plus I want to be able to drink and not worry about someone stepping on my feet while dancing or spilling drinks on my shoes.  The dress i'm not worried about it. I have a reception dress to match the Toms.
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re:Opinions on Bride's Shoes : This is exactly what I thought!  On a related note,<strong> I don't get the whole love affair some people seem to have with TOMS</strong>.  The whole idea of giving a pair of shoes away to a needy child with a purchase is great, but I think the shoes are rather ugly! 
    Posted by JoanE2012[/QUOTE]
  • I decided a couple of months ago to go barefoot...then after some great advice from the ladies on my board, i decided to go with flip flops..nobody will be seeing my shoes anyways so I have a nice white pair of flip flops with a flower on top :)
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