(Closed) Heels to flats… dress dilemma

posted 5 years ago in Shoes
Post # 4
Member
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@hma812:  The only thing I can think of is to have your heels showing during the ceremony. When you change into flats, it will be at floor length. BUT I wouldn’t necessarily do that, so maybe just heels for the entire night?

Post # 5
Hostess
18646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Do you have a dress that will be bustled?  You could have it pulled up a bit more with your bustle to account for some of the height difference.

Post # 6
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1122 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@hma812: Would it be possible to sew in some little snap things on the inside of your dress at the bottom so that when you change into your flats you can use those and it will sort of tuck it under in the front just enough that you can walk without tripping? I know some dresses wont allow for it, but if you can, it would be an easy way to shorten it a few inches and not alter or damage your dress. I dont know if little snap things is the right term for it,  but those clear plastic itty bitty things that snap together. I hope that makes sense and isnt the absolute dumbest thing youve ever heard! :/ lol! 

Post # 8
Hostess
3371 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I am actually having my seamstress do a “hem bustle” of sorts. I am going to be barefoot for the wedding (we’re getting married on the beach) and am wearing 3″ heels for the reception which will be at the picnic shelter next to the beach. Basically my seamstress is just putting buttons on the inside bottom of my dress and I will have it “bustled” up for the ceremony, and then for the reception I’ll undo it! Super easy ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 11
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680 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I, too, had my dress hemmed to my heel height and wore my flats after.  My heels were 5 and 1/4 inches.  The solution to the problem for me was getting a FRONT bustle.  However, according to my seamstress, it only works on certain dresses. Luckily, I had that lucky dress style where I could bustle the front and not worry about stepping all over my dress after dropping the 5 inches.    Here is my dress.

 

I’m wearing my flats in this photo and the dress is bustled in the front and in the back.  

Post # 13
Hostess
3371 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Yep the front is bustled! I’ll take a picture for ya, but it won’t be until like June lol

Post # 14
Member
790 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I thought about this and searched for advice but I could never figure out a way to make it work. A bustle only addresses the train, not the front of the dress. The idea of having some kind of fastening device all the way around the hem to raise it several inches seemed implausible and overly complicated. So I searched high and low for a heel that was reputed to be comfortable enough to stand in for hours and dance in. I ended up getting Angela Nuran 3 1/4″ inch heels (“Antique”) – her shoes are based on ballroom dancing shoes so they’re supposed to be designed for comfort and dancing. They are not cheap, and I didn’t want to spend that much on shoes, but I was determined not to be in pain. I managed to keep them on for about 6 hours, during which time I pretty much never sat down (not even to eat) and danced my butt off. I never thought about my feet until the very end of the reception, when they did start to hurt a bit. I don’t wear heels much, so I thought that was pretty good. I think you may have to accept that you could end up barefoot or in flats with a dress dragging on the floor by the end of the night, but the good thing is by that point you probably won’t care.

Another option would be to get some of those platform flip flops or similar – I personally hate the way they look, but again by the end of the night you probably won’t care.

Post # 16
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680 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@hma812:  Ya, even from the front you can’t tell it’s bustled at all.  My seamstress did an amazing job.  I never knew you could bustle the front.  Heels to flats was also one of my biggest concerns before the seamstress fixed the problem. ๐Ÿ™‚  Good luck finding a dress you love that can be bustled from the front! 

@Eglantine:  Actually, you can bustle in the front, too. ๐Ÿ™‚  Mine was. 

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