Post # 1
Hey bees. I am having a bit of a shoe dilemma, and I am not sure what to do. I have already annoyed my friends and family about this, so I figured I’d turn to you all for your opinions. I really want my wedding shoes to be statement heels, as I am really into fashion and I want the shoes to reflect me. I am wearing somewhat of a conservative gown, and I think sexy shoes would be a fun addition. It’s kind of how I am – classy but a little bit sassy lol.
So anyway, I bought Jimmy Choo’s Ivette heels. I was really in love with the Lang, but they would make me taller than my fiance and neither of us prefer that. So I bought the same shoe in a smaller heel height… but it doesn’t fit me correctly. No matter what size I try, there is a gap created between the straps and my foot. I guess my foot is kind of narrow.
I read that this happens with the Ivette shoe, and that the straps were made for the height on the Lang shoe (there won’t be a gap since your foot sits higher up in the Lang). So then I ordered those too! And they look great! The only problem is that they are very uncomfortable. It is a noticeable difference from the Ivette with the shorter heel height. And I really want to wear them all night if I am going to spend $850 plus fees on a pair of shoes. And like I said, they make me too tall for my fiance.
So here is where you guys come in. Would you go with the shorter heel since I can wear them all night, but they have a gap and don’t look as good? Or would you pick the shoe that looks great but I probably won’t last long in and I will be taller than my FI in pictures. OR, would you say, “girl, save your $850 and buy a different shoe that you don’t like as much.”
Pic of the Lang (taller heel, fits well, uncomfortable):
Pics of the Ivette (short heel, comfortable, but has a gap between the straps and my foot):
Close up of gap… it gaps both sides but I only got one close up.
Post # 2
The pictures aren’t showing up 🙁
Post # 3
Looks like I cant edit the original post to here’s another try at the pictures.
nygirla: thanks for telling me!
Post # 4
Whoa sorry the pics are so huge.
Post # 5
LadyH: I see what you are referring to with the gap. I’m not sure whether or not I would have noticed it if you hadn’t pointed it out. But, if you notice, and it bothers you- that’s all that really matters. With fashion splurges, I feel like you should LOVE it and it should fit PERFECTLY. It sounds like you don’t love the Ivette and they don’t fit perfectly either- so I would definitely return them. You also sound somewhat undecided on the Lang- you love the style, but they are uncomfortable and make you look taller than you would prefer. If I were you, I’d probably keep looking.
Post # 6
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
By my definition, comfort, wearability, and fit all factor into how much I like a shoe, so I don’t think it would be too hard to find ones that are better by May. Besides, it’s very likely that no one will see them unless you pick up your dress to show them off. I’d spend that 850 on a different pair of shoes that you could wear more often.
PS I do agree that the tall ones look great, but are not ideal since you don’t want to be cranky and sore on the day of. I wouldn’t keep the shorter ones because they really don’t look right- I know they’re Jimmy Choos, but to me they look like you got them on the discount rack because of the poor fit =(.
Post # 7
I say find a different shoe that you like the look of as much as the Lang, but which is as comfortable as the Ivette. I’m sure there is such a shoe out there!
Post # 8
How noticeable is the gap while your walking? From the distance shot you can barely notice it and if you’re wearing a long dress no one will notice it in the glimpses they see of your shoes.
Provided it doesn’t feel uncomfortable or make your foot slip while you’re walking I would go with the Ivette.
Post # 9
As someone who also agonized over her wedding shoes, I know how you feel. I think it depends on if you are 100% committed to that style and getting Choos, but if I were you, I would be annoyed enough by the fit issues with a designer shoe that is supposed to be an investment piece to pass on the Ivettes, and my need for comfort would make me pass on the Langs. If the Choos are really it for you, would it be possible to take them to a cobbler to see if the straps could be shortened?
Now, not knowing if these are your style at all or not, but with your budget, you could get the dream shoes I stumbled upon while originally searching for not-too-high silver heels: Miu Miu glitter kitten heels at Saks
They also have a “cheaper” version without the rhinestones on the toe strap in gold glitter (from your pics, I thought the Choos you were looking at were silver, but depending on lighting, I suppose they could also be gold), as well as a silver metallic leather version without the stones as well.
Post # 10
WestCoastV: you’re right. I don’t love the Ivette. I have been trying to make it work but I think I need to return those.
MeiFrancis: I never thought about it that way. I definitely don’t want to look like I’m wearing some knockoff shoe. I am glad you pointed that out. The Ivettes are going back. Stat.
OneDayMrsL: When walking and under a gown, no one will likely notice. But I think I just wanted to be in love with them even if no one else saw. I would also wear them after the wedding, and I wouldn’t want them to look wierd. I think I’m realizing I have to return them.
beerandcupcakes: oooh those are very pretty! I’m not a fan of rhinestones but those are cute! I’m going to look at their website.
JulietFoxtrot: I really, really hope so! I’m starting to think I’ll have to settle for something I don’t love. But I hope you’re right and I can find the perfect shoe!
Post # 11
LadyH: If you plan on them being statements shoes for after the wedding too then it might not be the best idea to keep the ones that don’t fit properly. I do like the recommendation of a PP about taking them to a cobbler to see if they could be altered to fit properly before returning them. After all, we make alterations to ensure our dream wedding dress fits properly, why not do the same with your shoes!?
Post # 12
I’d get the ones that are more comfortable because you will most likely wear them again. No one will notice the tiny gap unless you say something. Hey, your feet may even swell the day of your wedding from being on your feet so long! If the higher heels are uncomfortable now, I’d hate to think how much pain you will be in after a few hours on your wedding day.
Post # 13
OneDayMrsL: True. I am going to look into a cobbler.
LyndaButterfly: Yeah I go back and forth on it. It certainly isn’t a comfortable shoe, but it isn’t so bad at the same time. It hurts the bottom of my foot (like I am putting too much pressure at the front), so I’m thinking about maybe adding an insert/ insole cushion at that point. I wonder if that will make a difference?
I also wonder if my FI would be willing to wear lifts in his shoes lol. I’m struggling to let go of the Lang!
Post # 14
I too have been agonizing over my shoes (because I’m an obsessive person I first went to a cobbler to customise them, and then when the cobbler couldn’t get the pattern I wanted, I custom ordered the material off etsy. YES I AM NUTS! it better turn out perfect for all the effort i put into it!!!!)
so my take is: return both! find a pair you really really love that you will wear forever and every time you wear them again, you’ll have happy memories of your wedding and smile all day.
Post # 15
LadyH: I totally went through a massive shoe struggle as well! My mom and I literally spent days on days on days shopping solely for shoes (for the both of us — LOL!)
The Lang ones look beautiful on you, but if they aren’t comfortable I would return them. I agree with what everyone else has said about taking the Ivette back. I’m a big proponent of things being perfect if you’re going to invest in a beautiful shoe that will be worn many times again for a long time to come.
Since both shoes are requiring a compromise, I would say keep looking. Jimmy Choo has tons of gorgeous show stopping shoes. When we looked, I actually found that not all Jimmy Choo shoes fit the same. I wanted to be shorter than my groom and I wanted a low heel because I’m terrible at walking in heels. I tried on the Isabel pump because it had a kitten heel and it was HORRIBLY uncomfortable, which is odd because the heel was so small. They were just so….narrow? wobbly? I don’t know but they didn’t work.
The sales associate convinced me to try on the Luna which is like the Isabel’s big sister — more gorgeous but a bigger heel. But what do you know? They were perfect! I’ve never felt a more comfortable and stable feeling heel. It almost felt like I was wearing wedges! I’m not shorter than my FI but we will be the same height, lol.
I would go to your local store and if your heart is set on Jimmy Choo, try on a few different styles that you like. Maybe try one with a slight platform so that your feet are a bit more cushioned? Good luck and let us all know what you decide!