Could any girls who wore ballroom dance shoes or latin dance shoes for their wedding please provide feedback on the comfortableness? I'm thinking this is the way to go, but there do not seem to be that many brides who have gone this route. I am trying to find the perfect 12 hour on-my-feet shoes... I really don't want to switch shoes mid-way through the day.
I also don't want to sacrific too much style for comfort...so if you have pics, those would be appreciated too!!
I only changed into them during the reception - I wanted to dance and my ceremony shoes would NOT have cut it. I actually regret not changing into my ceremony shoes when we took some additional pictures later during the reception.
I will be interested to see any responses as well. I hear Aris Allen's shoes aren't half bad.
Bee Knubbsy-Wubbsy posted about hers here.
They come in a white too- which could perhaps be dyed if you like.
My wedding is not till next year, but I'm a dancer and have worn my latin dance shoes for 12 hours+ at compitions. They are more comfortable than any of my other high heels and they are only cheap chinese ones. Warning though: make certain you are getting hard leather soles, suade soles will be destroyed by any surface other than carpet and wooden floors.
I 2nd hard leather soles. I dance Argentine Tango and recently splurged on my first pair of Comme il Fauts for my wedding next year; they are my first pair of 4" heels and once I broke them in are the most comfortable, stable pair of heels I own. Comme il Fauts and a few other tango shoe brands like NeoTango have some flashy styles that some gals might like. However, I know CiF only does limited runs of their styles, so if you have your heart set on something you may or may not be able to get them.
@Anise: Comme Il Fauts are gorgeous shoes, but I don't think they often come in white or ivory. Still jealous that you have a pair!
Any other bees out there who have worn ballroom dance/social/smooth/tango or latin dance shoes to their wedding? My second shipment of dance shoes arrived today (and these are my third shipment of possible wedding shoes) and I am still hestiating on sealing the deal with them. I'd like to get some real experiences from girls who have worn these type of shoes for their wedding...and how it went.
As a dancer though, I have multiple pairs. The number one rule of dance shoes is that you can't wear them outside! AKA they won't work for a wedding all day, you'd have to change into them. They're also all pretty ugly... haha.
I bought light in the box latin dance shoes and they are urber comfortable.
@PeachSnapple: The white ones I bought were a special model made for Maleva Shoes. Unfortunately I don't think they have any left. http://www.malevashoes.com/exclusivemodel.html
I am getting married in June and I will be wearing ballroom shoes. I'm a dancer (not a ballroom dancer but a theatre/jazz/tap/etc. dancer) and I wanted to wear a shoe that I wouldn't immediately want off my feet as soon as I got to the reception. I ordered mine from a website and they were very reasonably priced and they are very comfortable. My ceremony and reception will be indoors and we are only going to have a few outdoor pictures taken so I didn't stress about the suede soles. I figure that if I'm really worried, then I'll grab a pair of flip flops to wear for the outdoor pictures. (The shoes weren't all that expensive and I wasn't intending to wear them ever again after the wedding). I'm really excited to have comfy shoes for the day and I also happen to think they are very cute!
These are the ones I went with!
I also bought dance shoes from Danceshoesonline like choreographer82. http://www.danceshoesonline.com/Dance-Shoes/ I purchased some salsa shoes and we actually will be Salsa dancing at the wedding, however I am not a dancer.
They do have suede soles so they might not be what you are looking for, but some of them are really cute and completely reasonable price so even if they only last the day it's not a big deal. You get to pick your heel height which I think is completely awesome because my FH is only an inch taller than me. Also you can put a "logo" on the inside of the shoe instead of the company name so I put our names and wedding date as my logo. I don't have them yet, but I can let you know how they turn out. They are being shipped now.
What about Hey Lady shoes? They're supposed to be made like dance shoes, but with soles that can go outside/wherever. That's probably what I am going to end up doing.
I actually don't care too much about wearing them outside.... I know the suede soles will be shot afterwards, but like some of the other girls here, I won't be wearing them after the wedding.
I loved one of the a pairs of shoes I ordered, but after trying them on and putting them next to the dress, my mom and I have decided that they are the wrong color. But they are seriously pretty, if anyone needs a pretty ballroom dance shoe to look for in a gold/rose-gold color, these are really nice!
I'm coming to the conclusion that I'm probably going to end up as a two-shoe bride.... a fancier pair of shoes for the wedding ceremony and photos, and then a more comfortable pair of dance shoes for the actual reception. All the dance shoes I've tried on have been like walking on thin pillows of air. I just need to find the "right" pair, lol.
I haven't chosen my ceremony shoes yet but my reception shoes will be exactly like one of my pairs of ballroom shoes but in white (the ones I wear for my classes are nude). They're ULTRA comfy.
They aren't listed here in white, but I've seen them in person in the store
Payless shoe stores carry dancing shoes. I ballroom frequently and have bought a few pairs there. They have a feltish sole that isn't meant to be worn outside. They are very comfortable and don't cost a small fortune. My last pair of good dance heels cost me well over $200, and other than the better sole, they are not any better than my Payless pairs. I did have a Payless pair resoled with suede for $30, much better on the pocket book.
I'll have to have a look next time I'm in the States. Here we do have wedding shoes at Payless, dyables, but there's only like, 2 different models. My first pair of dance shoes were a pair from a regular store that I put suede onthe sole, it worked fine, but they shoes were far less comfy and flixible than the real dance shoes.
Hahaha, I just checked danceshoesonline, the shipping is as expensicve as the shoes
Where are the shoe pics?
I just wanted to comment that whatever shoes you do end up getting, make sure to break them in (especially if they have a high heel you're not used to wearing). This is for your comfort more than anything else. Even the best shoe is not going to feel good after 8-10 hours if you haven't broken it in yet. If you don't want to wear them outside, you can always wear them inside the house for a couple hours at a time until they start to feel comfortable. And if you get hard-leather soled shoes, make sure to scuff the soles on concrete or with a wire brush so that they're not slick when you walk on tile/wood/marble floors.
Here are some pics of my shoes from danceshoesonline. Someone wrote the shipping is expensive, which it is, but I got mine on sale so the sale price plus shipping was like paying full price. Plus there are shoes that are only $30 - $40 so with shipping they become like a normal price shoe. As I mentioned I got our names and date on the shoe instead of the company logo. It costs $10 more but it's the best part of the shoe!
Sorry the pics are huge.
^ That's so cool! I think I'll try that too, lol!
I'm having this exact problem! My DF and I do west coast swing, nightclub 2 step and a smattering of other stuff. I'm having a horrible time finding dance shoes that I love. I have my heart set on sparkly pretty ones, not just plain and functional. My current idea is to find a pair of reasonably priced shoes for the ceremony and then change into my dance shoes for the reception. I'd love to be able to find a pair that would work for both but I'm not finding anything that frosts my cupcakes so far. I'm really lucky to live in Chicago, since we've got several big swing dance events coming up later in the winter. Hopefully, I can find something I love from one of the shoe vendors at the events.
ETA - okay, I take it back! I've been surfing through danceshoesonline.com and found these - OMG - LOVE!
i've been thinking about ballroom dance shoes, because i know they're more comfy (they'd have to be, in order to be dance shoes) than regular heels.
i found these that i really like- i'd cover the glitter part, i was gonna strass my shoes anyway.
I am also considering ballroom shoes for my wedding. I am a singer and have worn them for my shows because they are so comfortable and quiet and easy to move in. I've worn them before/after shows, onto the street etc about 4 hrs on average, and not had any problems. Yes, the suede bottoms are dirty and slicked down in spots, and I probably wouldn't use them for anything else, but if you're not planning on re-using the shoes for actual dancing, I don't see why not to use them for a wedding?
Another idea I have is to put some kind of grip pad or sticker over the bottom of the shoe. I had a shoe repair guy once give me a pair of grey grippers that stuck right to the bottom of the front part of the shoes... they could be peeled off for the reception maybe for dancing?
Me wedding is not till next year so i haven't had the true test, but i bought ballroom shoes from Lightinthebox and I love them!!!! I've danced around my house in them and they're so comfty!
With some shoe clips added. :)
I ordered mine a little over a week ago, and I got an email on Friday saying they'd been shipped! I'm so excited to get them!
I got these with our names and wedding date printed inside instead of their Flamingo logo :) I can't wait!!!!!! I will post real pics once I get them. The shipping was as expensive as the shoes, but even with the shipping they were less than 1/3 of the price of my ballroom shoes bought in a dance store. I intend to bling them up once they come in with crystals and stuff :D
Just as a follow up, I did end up getting a pair of ballroom dance shoes for my wedding! They are Werner Kern and I got them at Worldtone Dance store in NYC (highly, highly recommend going there! they have TONS of shoes! TONS!!)
Mine came in white satin and I'm leaving them that way although my dress is ivory. Too much trouble and worry to consider dying them. They have a suede dance sole, which will probably be ruined by the end of the night, but really, do I care? No. They are comfy, very elegant, very bridal, and I love them. I love love love the little cut outs on the heel cup and I adore the mesh inserts around the toe area. These are living proof that there ARE beautiful and elegant dance shoes out there for brides!!
I will be wearing Angela Nuran shoes, while they are specifically wedding shoes, the designer is a former ballroom dancer and has designed them for comfort and dancing! They are insanely comfortable, I can't wait to wear them!
This company makes dance shoes and you can have yours custom made with a hard leather sole for $108.38! That way you can dance, and still walk around without ruining your soles ^_^
I wouldn't go so far as to call myself a ballroom dancer, but I do ballroom dance, and the key to ballroom dancing shoes it to BREAK THEM IN! Like, months ahead of time. I wear a size 8 in street shoes but my dance shoes (I have both closed-toe Standard and open-toe strappy Latin shoes) are size 7, because they stretch and mold to fit your foot over time.
It takes time to break them in (I had to walk around in mine wearing socks for a few weeks to stretch them and dance for hours and hours), but it's so worth it! They mold themselves into a perfect fit.
I'd only wear them for a reception though, as the soles will be destroyed by outdoor use.
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