wedding shoes

February 26, 2014 39 Comments

introducing the SS 2014 Inslee 85mm collection. sold exclusively NO. WHERE. I am at my wits end.

If you were to track my browser history over the last month it would be a constant shifting cycle between evening wear and pumps on shop bop, barneys, saks, neimans, bergdorfs and the occasional visit to seamless web so that i don't expire while hunting for wedding shoes.

This is the hardest part of wedding planning yet! The shoes!!!!!! Oh the shoes. I have a very rigid set of requirements that most brides do not adhere to, so I recognized that I have made this a lot harder than it needs to be. Here are my requirements in no specific order:

1. must be 85mm or three inches exactly. any lower feels frumpy, any higher and I'll be uncomfortable

2. must have toe cleavage and a pointed toe.

3. the sole must lie flat against the floor when standing. I hate it when the sole lifts up in the front slightly and doesn't lie flush with the ground.

4. must not be slingback, sandals, strappy, have ties

5. could possibly be d'orsay

6. must not be covered in sparkles, glitter or snake skin

7. must not have red soles

8. must not be patent leather, suede or matte leather

9. could possibly have metallic patterning or embroidery or patterned silk

10. the stiletto must be thin and uniform in shape all the way down, and drop directly down from the farthest back most part of the heel, I can't stand it when the heel bows in and under the heel or worse yet - the new trend bows backwards. shudder.

11. must basically be these shoes, without the red sole and with a pattern that i have come up with on them.

12. does not exist and cannot be made before May 17th. Ideally the pattern from my botanicals. I will not be satisfied until everything on earth is patterned in my botanicals... I want to genetically manufacture a dog that is patterned in botanicals

Sigh... friends what should I do? Shoe designers do not like making 3 inch heels. Why is that? Four inch heels are such a struggle. 2.5 inch heels are such a let down. Where are the 3 inch wedding heels in beautiful brushed silk? If someone finds a way to locate THE shoes or wants to fund my new shoe company please be in touch. I must arrive on March 12th at my dress fitting with THE shoes. The time is now, we must hunt!


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Jamie
Jamie

July 25, 2014

Oh girlfriend! I had the same problem – finding the perfect dress was easy. Finding the perfect shoes were hard! I bought at least 5 pair and still didn’t end up with something I LOVED. Luckily, you couldn’t even see my feet. I hope you have better luck!

Steph Fowler
Steph Fowler

July 25, 2014

You’re adorable. I had the same issue – was dead set on blue shoes with the right size heel that simply did not exist. In the end…the only photos my shoes were even in were the artistic shots with our wedding rings before the ceremony.

Stephani
Stephani

July 25, 2014

Check out milk and honey shoes. It’s a website where you can design and order shoes. A friend of mine got her wedding shoes from there and she’s very happy with them. I’m not sure if they will meet all your requirements but it’s probably worth a look. Maybe you could paint them yourself to that beautiful pattern!

Susie
Susie

July 25, 2014

Second shoe down = L K Bennett blue and white floral heel from last year. Good luck on the shoe hunt!

Inslee
Inslee

July 25, 2014

thank you!!

Inslee
Inslee

July 25, 2014

i thought the same thing. alas the heel on the LK bennett is over four inches! the search goes on…

Mackenzie {Design Darling}
Mackenzie {Design Darling}

July 25, 2014

I would buy all four of these pairs in a heartbeat. You slay me. xx

Susan
Susan

July 25, 2014

Have you looked at Milk & Honey – they do custom shoes. Also, I had luck with Bhldn. These are 3 inches but don’t fit all your criteria: http://www.bhldn.com/shop-shoes-accessories-shoes/specter-heels/productoptionids/fbcaeb8b-b90b-4e9a-9313-32da085940dd.

Jemima Puddle-Duck
Jemima Puddle-Duck

July 25, 2014

ask Jacques Levine about this dilemma

Jemima Puddle-Duck
Jemima Puddle-Duck

July 25, 2014

paint your green botanicals ONTO a plain shoe that meets the other criteria! Gorgeous.

Heather
Heather

July 25, 2014

I have haad the same issue. There is a real hole in the market for 3" heels! In the end, I went for some 2.5" Valentino ones that have enough edge to keep them from being dumpy, but they violate many of your criteria! Good luck!

Karin
Karin

July 25, 2014

No red soles?? Why God why! You could always (gasp) paint the soles… My wedding shoes were 4 inches and I was a little uncomfortable, naturally, but I was so happy and dancing on air that I didn’t care! Plus it’s true, you don’t see the shoes unless you take a shoe specific photo. All of your guests will be looking at your face and dress!

Good luck!!

Joyce
Joyce

July 25, 2014

The Manolo store at Bergdorf Goodman just released a custom Manolo option. Toms of heels heights and fabrics- I’m sure they could do something custom, or, as a previous commented mentioned, buy white and paint them yourself!

Emily
Emily

July 25, 2014

Inslee! You should get ivory 105mm manolos and take them to a cobbler to get the heel cut. You could hand paint them. How beautiful they would be! I’d order a pair. And I feel your pair. My wedding is March 15 and had to have THE shoes for my appt with Vera too.

Inslee
Inslee

July 25, 2014

i just know i’d ruin the red soles and never forgive myself!

Inslee
Inslee

July 25, 2014

good idea!!

nogagui
nogagui

July 25, 2014

Todos don muy bonitos pero me quedo con los primeros!

http://nogagui.blogspot.com.es

Inslee
Inslee

July 25, 2014

i saw these! thanks for sharing, they are close…

Joyce
Joyce

July 25, 2014

Or…

https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/shoes/pumpsandheels/PRDOVR~A0789/A0789.jsp?color_name=brilliant-purple

Brooks
Brooks

July 25, 2014

Another blogger posted these recently. I don’t think that quite match your requirements, but you could do some browsing through their other stuff!

http://www.loefflerrandall.com/LRProduct.aspx?ProductID=964&CategoryID=247&utm_source=ls&utm_medium=aff&utm_term=1&utm_content=15&utm_campaign=QFGLnEolOWg&siteID=QFGLnEolOWg-9eMx891l2vOythUNEWksdw

Ginny
Ginny

July 25, 2014

Have you seen SJP’s new shoe line for Nordstrom? I spy 3 inch pointy heels! ;)

http://shop.nordstrom.com/c/all-sjp-sarah-jessica-parker?origin=productBrandLink&cm_ven=Linkshare&cm_cat=partner&cm_pla=15&cm_ite=1&siteId=QFGLnEolOWg-zrDuFERQCZ2lkdxLGMnuww

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Amye
Amye

July 25, 2014

Ditto to the other brides – your shoes just hardly get photographed. Get something that makes you feel good, and comfy, but don’t overstress on this point.
I bought an embarrassing number of shoes on Zappos bc of their free return delivery…
I also second the idea of painting! If you can find the right satin heel, well we all know you can definitely paint the perfect botanical. :)

Inslee
Inslee

July 25, 2014

already ordered them! ha!

Samantha
Samantha

July 25, 2014

Sorry I didn’t realize the Miu Miu’s were 3.5!!! But if you get them early enough you can break them in and get comfortable with the height.

I think you can find the perfect satin heel and make and Inslee orginal botanical design on them

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