Post # 1
I am wearing a tea-length reception dress (actually it’ll probably be just below the knee) in red, and we are having a slightly retro (1950s/1960s) theme.
I understand I really need to wear heels with a tea-length dress, especially as I am not that tall (5 foot 5). Problem is, I’ve never worn stilettos in my life and only ever wear kitten heels, or perhaps block heels or platforms that are no more than 3 inches high.
So I found these. Kind of retro and I like them, and they look comfortable enough to dance in. I like the fact that they have a strap as well. What do you think?
My dress will look something like this, except it will have a deep, wide v-neck:
Do you think my shoes will look “party” enough? If not, could I jazz them up a bit (I don’t know – by adding beading or something?)
Any other shoe suggestions welcome!
Post # 3
I think the shoes are cute and that adding some bling to them would make them pop and fit the feel of the dress with its shimmery looking fabric. My biggest concern would be if the two colors of red weren’t exactly the same, that’s something that would bug ME, but possibly not you or anyone else.
Post # 4
Beautiful dress! It looks very 50’s!
Ok so I am going out on a complete whim here and going to throw in what I would personally wear with a dress like this that would be in keeping with your 50s/60s look. You may or may not hate them!
I live and swear by these shoes below. They are the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn and hence I now have about 20 pairs of them and I can dance/jive all night in them too. They have a fully cushioned insole and the small platform means they are not too high. You can get them in all colours if you hunt for them…
Post # 5
They look super cute! And super comfty! I’d rock them with a smile and a wink!
Post # 6
@clairebbbear: Are those Miz Mooz shoes? Because if they are they’ll probably be super comfortable! I’ve two pairs of shoes from that brand and I love them both. The only thing I would worry about is the colour, that it would look a little dull paired with the rest of the outfit – if that doesn’t bother you, I would go ahead and purchase them!
Post # 7
@eocenia: Yes they are!
I was concerned about the colour too – but apparently they are brighter than the picture.
The bonus thing is – they are only $85, and if it didn’t work out I think I could just wear them under jeans or something.
Post # 8
@bearsreddy: Oh I love those!
I had thought I couldn’t wear peep toes, because I want to wear stockings or pantyhose, but if the shoes are cute enough I could change my mind.
What brand are they?
Post # 9
I think the shoes are adorable, and I LOVE the dress! However, I definitely do not think the shoes are the right shoes for that dress. The dress is stunning and luxurious — a leather shoe with a stacked heel just doesn’t do justice to that dress, in my opinion.
I personally would do a black, fabric shoe or a black sparkly shoe, but not a leather shoe with a stacked heel.
Post # 10
@clairebbbear: You can definitely wear them for other things if they won’t work with the dress. My favourite pair of the two I have has been used with everything from my engagement party dress, to shorts and jeans. I also used them for dance class, just so comfy!
Post # 11
@Brielle: bear in mind that is not my dress, just an approximation of it. My dress is less shiny and probably less luxurious than that. It’s cotton with a slight sheen to it.
Post # 12
You may need to hunt around as they are getting hard to get hold of. Try the following:
– Bordello (style is called Genie and they should do them in red…either leather or glitter I think
– Betsey Johnson used to do them – hunt on ebay or Etsy
– Patricia Field (same as Betsey Johnson)
– Polly of California. These are the original co that started making them in the 50s. But they are still going and I think you can buy them on their website.
Or you could type in “50s mules”, or “50s pollys” in eBay or Etsy and get yourself a vintage pair. I’m always on the look out for them myself so if I find any I can let you know?
They are amazing shoes. And sooooooo comfy!
Post # 13
@clairebbbear: Oh, I’m sorry. I have a two-year-old at my house today, and I have been a bit distracted while reading and responding to posts. I completely missed the detail that the picture is only there as an example and is not a representation of your actual dress.
Post # 14
I disagree that you have to wear heels with your tea length dress. 5’5″ is fine (I’m only 5’1″ so wearing heels puts me at your height ^_^) so if you wanna wear dressy flats, I think you could totally do it. Agree with a pp, I wouldn’t necessarily do a red shoe with a red dress unless you know for sure that the red is the same shade.
Have you tried Mod Cloth? They have lots of cute, retro shoes (both heels and flats) with chunkier or lower heels. Here are some shoes I thought were cute and would go well with your dress:
(P.S. if you want to do something with a lot of height, but still comfortable, try the Jeffrey Campbell Foxy. Very tall, but the chunky heel is super sturdy and they’re actually really light and so comfortable to walk in.)
Post # 15
I’m also going tea length and retro 50s. I got these from modcloth (http://www.modcloth.com/shop/shoes-heels/set-the-curve-heel-in-apple) for $45.
I wore them on a test run to a party and they were comfy and are cute.
Post # 16
@bearsreddy: That’s great – I will definitely check those out.
@Shlieka: Thanks for the suggestions – I most certainly have been checking Mod Cloth, there are a few contenders from there, but nothing that is exactly what I’m after.
@LLemonDifficult: I love those -they’re actually on my shortlist.
Okay, so now I’m moving away from the pair I posted – feeling they’re not just “party” enough and now I can see there are a lot of alternatives.
What about these from Etsy? They’re cheaper than the first pair, though I think I’d add a flower pin to them to snazz them up a bit.
The fact that they are vintage Salvatore Ferragamos from the 60s is a plus for me, since we’re having a vaguely Mad Men theme.