(Closed) Designer Wedding Shoes… Is the price worth it?!

posted 8 years ago in Shoes
Post # 17
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485 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

In order for a shoe that costs over $200 to be worth it you need to consider a few things:

  • Will you wear them again?  And not just once at a holiday party and then you’re done wiht them.  Will you wear them 3-4 times a year for the next 5 years?  For $600+ shoes this should be easy to do and they shouldn’t fall apart on you
  • Are you willing to shell out maintanence money?  IE: replacing heel tips and protective soles – this will increase longevity of the shoe – make friends with a cobbler that works on Italian/designer shoes
  • Do you really, really love them?  When I know I really love something is when it’s months later and they’re still dancing in my head.  That’s how I know it’s not an impulse/silly buy.

IMO – loving the shoe for just the day of the wedding does not make it worth it.  I LOVE my wedding shoes because they are versatile and that I’ll be able to wear them over and over again.  

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Miss2Mrs101913:  I think you should buy what you want.  If you can afford the Jimmy Choo, and it is too your liking and maybe even versatile then get them.  If not, go with the less expensive shoes.

Myself personally, I have bought those expensive shoes in the past.  And the problem I have with spending that kind of money…..is they are usually terribly uncomfortable.  So I have learned the less expensive shoe is always best.  If they are uncomfortable, I don’t feel so guilty leaving them sitting in the closet.

Post # 20
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280 posts
Helper bee

To be honest, I’d try to avoid getting carried away and splurging on shoes you’re going to end up resenting on the wedding day for causing so much pain. The Jimmy’s are pretty, definitely, but you want to enjoy your wedding day! 

I splurged on a pair of Rupert Sanderson shoes, but had to conclude after a few weeks of trying to break them in that they were absolutely killing my feet. So I went to the high street instead, bought a pair of almost identical shoes for $35 which looked great with my dress and lasted me all day without a problem. Don’t be fooled by labels, it’s the fit that matters!

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Waldorf Astoria, Chicago

Go for it! I’m also wearing Jimmy Choos for my wedding, got them on sale for $400 (originally $525).  Most wedding shoes run around $150-300 so I didn’t really spend too much more.  Plus mine are shoes I can wear again when getting dressed up.  I always knew I would splurge on shoes for my wedding!  The ones I got are so comfortable, and I’m excited about having designer shoes in my wedding “shoe” photos.  One thing the Choo rep told me at the store is that their shoes look better on people with thin feet (as opposed to wider feet).  I have pretty thin feet and the pair I tried on almost made my feet look wide, so you will want to try them on before buying (unless you can make a return).  Good luck 🙂

Post # 22
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366 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I spurgled on Kate Spade shoes and I loved them, I have worn them a few times after the wedding and since I dont have a lot of ‘going out shoes’, I figure I will get a lot of use out of them.

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

 

I wore shoes from DSW… I think they were $40 dollars.

These shoes got destroyed during the photos (my heels sunk into the grass) and I was glad that I had a back up pair (also from DSW and also $40)

I am glad that I did not spend a lot on shoes given what happened to mine.

I guess consider your budget, if you will be able to wear them again, how you will feel if they get dirty/destroyed during the wedding, etc.

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Honestly… designer shoes aren’t any more comfortable, and many times they are more uncomfortable.  The materials are nicer, and the designs are more refined.  I’m all about shoes (my closet looks likes a crazy shoe lady), but will not be spending a ton of money on shoes for my wedding.  I’m wearing a floor length gown- my shoes are hardly going to be noticed.  I can’t even remember a time seeing a bride’s shoes except maybe in a picture of her getting ready (but that is just a picture-not real life).  I would consider it if I were going to do a hi-lo dress or a short dress where there is a lot of focus on the shoes.  

Post # 25
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I had a pair of Louboutin for my wedding – I think they were totally worth it! BUT they are not more comfortable than any other pair of heels I own. I just thought they were beautiful and I wanted a really special pair of shoes for our wedding. I had the dress cut so you could just get a peak of the shoes and I think it worked well – but ya I was soaking my feet in the tub after that and was happy wearing comfy flip flops the rest of the honeymoon!

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Designer shoes dont always mean that they are the most comfortable. I have a pair of Louboutin’s, Manolo’s, and Choo’s. Out of all of them, the Jimmy Choo’s are the most comfortable for my foot (i have wide feet and little arch).

But if you want to feel super special on your wedding day, those red soles will make you feel like a million bucks.. well, at least thats how I feel. But at the end of the day you got to justify spending that kind of money. Are you going to wear those shoes enough to get your $500 worth? When will you ever wear those sparkily blue shoes again? And whatever you do, NEVER buy a knock off!

If you’re going to invest in a designer pair of shoes, buy a shoe that you’ll wear again so that $500 bill wont hurt as much.. plus its easier to justify it to the Fiance 😉

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