Post # 1
I bought some flats at a Nordstrom Rack (Cole Haan Air Bacara Ballet), and after wearing them around for a few weeks I’ve fallen in love with them and realized they’re PERFECT for backup conmfortable shoes for the wedding (geat color and great comfort). Ideally I won’t need to use backup comfy shoes at all and stay in my heels all night, but these are backup comfy shoes I’d be proud to flash in photos (I even wore them to my engagement photos). BUT I’ve worn them around for a few weeks, and I’m not sure if I should just try and clean them up and not wear them again until the wedding…or buy another pair…
I found them on Zappos, but for $30 more than I paid at the rack 🙁 I’m not 100% sure I’m willing to pay for the same shoes even though I LOVE them and will wear both pairs frequently.
On the one hand it’d be nice if they were looking nice and new in my accessories photo, but on the other…does any woman really need two pairs of the same shoe in the same color? BUT also Zappos has a 365 day return policy, if I don’t wear them I can just return them after the wedding. I’m not really wearing my wedding heels much before the wedding (so they should look new) but I should break them in a bit before the wedding, won’t I scuff those up a bit too in the process? So is it a big deal if these shoes are scuffed up a bit too?
Post # 3
There is a big difference between being scuffed a bit on the sole and a shoe that needs cleaning up. I wouldn’t want to wear the latter on my wedding day.
Post # 4
I would probably buy the 2nd pair at Zappo’s just in case and then return them if you don’t wear them. This way you can continue wearing your shoes without worrying about how they’ll look. Then if they still look fine (usually worse things happen when you’re waiting for them to happen) you can just wear the ones you already have.
Post # 5
I think a little bit of wear is exactly no big deal at all. Worn ragged is no good for any day of one’s life, except maybe the “clean out the garage day.”
Then again, I also am really uninterested in accessories photos, but even if I saw a purpose to them, I wouldn’t need (or necessarily want) everything to look like it came straight from the store. Not much feeling to that, is there?
The only thing I can think of that’s comparative is my engagement ring… eventually I expect it will have enough wear in the gold that it could be picked up on a macro shot. That’s kind of a romantic thought, in my opinion.
Post # 6
Assuming they are only lightly worn, I don’t see the need to buy a new pair. If they are covered in stains/scuff marks and starting to get holes, yeah, buy a new pair.
I also don’t understand acessory photos, and don’t know why you would need close up pictures of your backup shoes anyway if you already have wedges to wear for the wedding. I would just save the money and use it on something memorable (maybe something engraved or a wedding keepsake that you can have forever). In 30 years will you really care about a picture of some shoes? And the odds are they they won’t be visible during the reception anyway because your dress will probably cover them up.