Post # 1
My dress is tea length so shoes are important as they will be seen.
My plan was to wear a pair of dark purple (It’s one of my wedding colors) peep toe 3″ heels I got on Zappos for the ceremony and pictures. We are getting married in Scotland and my FI is Scotish so for the reception, I was planning to buy a pair of ballet flats made in his family’s tartan. When I came up with this plan, the flats were 99 pounds sterling (about $156).
Now the company has had to change cobblers and the prices have gone up DRASTICALLY! The flats are now 350 pounds sterling ($554!!!!!!!!!!!!!).
The woman I’ve been emailing said they are meeting with a second cobbler in the next two weeks or so who will have a more mid-priced line. But as they are just starting meetings with this new person, they have no idea how long it will be before shoes will be “in production”
The shoes take 4-6 weeks to make plus shipping time from the UK.
So here is my question for the Bees – should I order the flats now at the expensive price and make sure I have them? Wait on the new cobbler and see what the price is? Or find a new option of flats??
Here is my dress as a reference:
Post # 3
Gosh, that’s very annoying. How does getting shoes made in your FI’s family tartan work, do you provide the fabric? I just wonder whether you could obtain the tartan fabric (or pattern) and find another cobbler. I’ve seen a lot of design-your-own-shoe type companies and made-to-measure services for shoes, and I wonder whether you could find another option?
Post # 4
I have a suggestion, but I am not sure how this would work for you and the tartan. I made my own wedding shoes, so I am very much into the DIY. Since the shoes are what I would consider extremely expensive, could you make your own? You would just need a pair of flats, the fabric of the tartan, and Modge Podge. I used Modge Podge on my shoes, and I love how they turned out. It was so much cheaper to make my own shoes, and I am super proud of them. I used Modge Podge on fabric this Christmas and it held up really well.
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
I agree that you can probably just provide flats to a cobbler and have them recovered for a lot less money than that
Post # 6
Love your dress! Gorgeous!
I’m not convinced by the flats, it is just so expensive. I’d wait and see if they can come down in price but TBH if they can’t, I’d probably just get a cheaper pair somewhere else. You can always include the tartan in a pashmina or something, or make shoe clips bows in the fabric.
Post # 7
im imagining the millions of amazing shoes you could pick out for $550. I would keep looking.
Post # 8
Where’s your dress from? it’s a beaut!
I personally would not pay that much for shoes however if they are important to you personally then do it because you only do a wedding once.
Post # 9
So expensive for the reception. Can you figure out another way to incorporate the tartan? I wrapped a 2 inch ribbon of our family’s tartan around my flowers, and the FG’s wore them in their hair.
$500 dollars for ballet flats is cray. Maybe try to DIY it? You can google and found material in tartan that you need.
Post # 10
@PenguinLove: It’s Justin Alexander 8465.
@HisIrishPrincess: we are incorporating the tartan in a variety of ways. This was just something I really liked.
FWIW, I will wear the shoes again after the wedding. They won’t be a one time wear purchase.
Post # 11
@Glasgowbound: It is a great idea … i hope it works out 😀
Post # 12
NO FLATS IN THE WORLD ARE WORTH $550!
PS I loooove loooove loooooove your dress <3333
Post # 13
Hey I second what a PP said.
DIY: Modpodge is excellent. My friend decopaged her wedding shoes with transformers pictures from vintage magazines as her husband is obsessed. They were amazing! I would order a tartan sample and cover them yourself. If youre not too happy about this, maybe buy a plain pair of dark purple shoes and get some shoe clips. These are borderline amazing things as they change any shoe. It would mean you get a nice pair of schoes you can re wear coz all you do is pop off the shoe clips. They are easily made, or I am sure you’d be able to find an etsy seller.
basically the only way I can describe it is like a clip on earring but bigger – for your shoe. They can clip on anywhere – the heel bit or the toe bit and they can be moved as per your every whim. If you bought some fabric samples from the UK of your tartan plus the shoe clips plus the shoes to do BOTH you could do it for like less than £100 (obvs depending on your orig shoe choice). I would buy enough – like a meter or so which will allow you do do the wrapping and the shoe clips. To do the shoe clips just do fabric roses or something 🙂
heres the shoe clips in their bare form http://bfnt-uk.co.uk/stock/findings/shoe-clip.jpg
and them in use: http://www.sydnestyle.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/DIY-Cherry-Shoe-Clips-5.jpg
I would recommed them as a fail-safe xx Good luck 🙂
Post # 14
What about adding the tartan in as a bow/embellishment on the flats instead of redoing the whole shoe? You could just make shoe clips out of them instead, and keep the original flat as-is. Way cheaper!
Post # 15
I LOVE your dress. There is NO WAY I would spend that kind of money on ANY type of shoe!!! I vote for DIY 🙂
Post # 16
No way, Jose. I would never, ever, ever spend that much on shoes. Come up with a new shoe.