(Closed) Do I have to get my shoes before my dress?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
4765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

You’ll want to have the shoes before you get your dress altered, but it shouldn’t matter for buying your dress! Unless you’re insanely tall, you should have plenty of length in the dress for high heels!

Post # 4
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I got my shoes after I got my gown. I would have hated it if I purchased my shoes first and they didn’t go with my gown. You really don’t need to have your shoes, until you start your alterations.

Post # 5
541 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

you don’t need your shoes until it’s time for alterations.

Post # 6
42 posts
  • Wedding: September 2010

I just brought heels similar to the height I wanted when I tried on dresses, but didn’t get the exact shoes until after my dress came. My dress was being made especially for me and I did not how they would design it and how much gold or silver would be on it (had my heart set on gold shoes but couldn’t get them till I knew if they would clash or not). As soon as it came in, I went and bought my perfect shoes.

Post # 7
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I had my dress ordered custom length, so in my case I did need my shoes when I ordered.

Post # 8
4663 posts
Honey bee

I agree with PP you don’t need to get your shoes until you start alterations.

Post # 9
561 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’ve been bringing a pair of shoes (that are similar in height to what I expect to wear at the wedding) while dress shopping. I don’t plan on wearing anything over a 3″ or 3.5″ heel, so I’ve been dragging this pair of 3″ pumps around with me just to try on dresses. I’m short (5’4″), so wearing 3″ heels gives me an idea of how the dress might fall once it’s altered.

It’s hard when you’re trying on a sample in a store and it’s not “your” dress. Just do the best you can. Then, once you order the dress, ask for a fabric swatch so that you can go shoe shopping. That’s what I’m doing. And like the other posters here have said, if you find the shoes, wear them to the alteration appointments and you’ll be set.

I see a lot of bees here who have the hardest time finding “the shoe”. If you find yourself in that situation, just take another pair (an inexpensive pair, or a borrowed pair) of similar height to your fittings while the shoe search continues. Good luck!

PS: This is the time of year to find wedding shoes – summer weddings are over and there are a LOT of shoe sales going on!


Post # 10
311 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Not till alterations.  I brought in like 4 pairs to try and then picked the shoe there.

Post # 11
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I was running around the bridal shop barefoot when I bought dresses so you really don’t need to have shoes the proper height to try on the dresses.  Most of the dresses were way too long on me and having heels would have just caused me to fall on my face.

Post # 12
499 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I think the only time you need to have the right shoes when buying your gown is if you’re getting a hollow to hem measurement. The vast majority of people do NOT get measured that way so you are unlikely to need your shoes when buying the gown. Just make sure you have them for alterations.

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