Post # 1
I’m buying shoes for my bridesmaids for them to wear at our wedding. I want them all to wear the same shoe, but I haven’t picked out more then that. I am buying them designer shoes- because the company I work for gets a great deal on them, and I want to spoil my girls. This will be my major gift to them, but im also giving them other things.
I’m leaning toward Louboutin’s, because I love my Loubs and there’s something so special about that red bottom, but I know some people find them uncomfortable.I think I would chose Very Prives in 120mm, which I own and love. I also am considering Manolo’s, but I don’t own any so I have no first hand experience. I haven’t picked exactly what shoe.
Anyways my major question is if you were being gifted designer shoes, would you rather have a special pair (IE the sparkle Loubs or zebra Manolo’s or some other really over the top shoe) or would you rather have a pair you are more likely to wear in your every day life (like black or nude shoes)? I can’t decide if I should go all out and get them special ones, or get them a pair that they could wear more often?
Only one of my bridesmaids has a pair of Loubs (she works with me and so get the same discount), my sister and my other bridesmaid don’t, so it will be a big deal when they open that box. That makes me want to lean more towards getting nude or black ones. But at the same time, I feel like if I’m buying them designer shoes I should get them shoes that will make people notice them. They’ll be wearing short, eggplant purple dresses.
So Bees, which would you rather have gifted to you? Over the top designer shoes or more plain designer shoes (And yes, I know this is a rather silly, first world issue. I’m excited to give them shoes and I don’t want opinions on how to spend my money. I can’t ask my girls because I want this to be a huge surprise for them when I take them to try on the picked shoes)
Post # 4
@DelilahDiamond: I think perhaps a special pair would be nice – people are often very particular about their everyday shoes, because they need to be very comfortable (well, for those of us who are on our feet all day they do), so a special pair to wear for special occasions might be a better idea. In saying that, a nice pair of black heels is always useful for special occasions too.
Also, with regards to “it will be a big deal when they open that box” – just make sure you’re prepared in case it’s actually not a big deal for them. I hope it is, because I know you’ll be spending a lot of money on this gift, but some people just aren’t excited by designer shoes.
Post # 6
@DelilahDiamond: Oh, I just googled “sparkly Louboutins” – those shoes are pretty intense! Now I’m thinking that a nude or black shoe may be a better option. Given the price of designer shoes, you want people to get use out of them!
Post # 7
I say over the top, just because c’mon, not every day most people get designer shoes as a gift. BUT, you know your girls best. If they wouldn’t be ones to appreciate over the top shoes then I think you should go with more of a subdued shoe.
Also, I totally snorted at the first world problems part in the title. It was so elegant.
Post # 8
I don’t own a pair of loubs. That said, I would love a pair. If I had to pick, it would be sparkly for 2 reasons – 1) I think they’d be better in your wedding pictures and 2) They’re likely only going to wear them for special occassions if they’re the only pairs they own and therefore, sparkly would be totally fitting for that.
Post # 9
@DelilahDiamond: Sorry – I hate to say it, but I think it’d be more of a gift to your girls to let them pick their own shoes. Shoes are so personal! What if they hate high heels? What if they have wide feet? I honestly can’t think of anything more miserable than being forced to wear a pair of heels that had been gifted to me and that didn’t fit comfortably… and knowing that my dear friend had paid a bunch of $$ for the things! Would it really ruin the surprise if you got your girls together and let them try on different styles/colors, and settle on a style that everyone finds decently comfortable and attractive?
Post # 10
@LittleByLittle: No, I know my girls well enough to know this is something they’d be intersted in! Like I said, one of them works with me and owns more then one pair of designer shoes, and the other two have shown interest in the shoes (one is my sister, and she keeps trying to stuff her 2 size bigger feet into my shoes!) But thanks for the concern!
Seems like the rest of the peole are evenly split as well (currently the poll is 50/50)! You’re no help hive! 😉
Post # 11
@LittleByLittle: +1 even though I like looking at expensive shoes, and I own several pairs, the idea of someone else picking shoes for me is terrifying. I have long narrow feet, and though I wear a size 8 usually, there’s not many brands I can wear comfortably for more than an hour or two. If you must get your bridesmaids heels (btw I personally find anything higher than about 5-7cm unwearable), it would be nicer to let them pick their own shoes from a certain aesthetic – for example black pumps.
Post # 12
Oh sure! I would love to be your bridesmaid
Why thank you @DelilahDiamond: I thought you would never ask!
I would love some over the top Loubs’ and think the other girls would love it too
Post # 13
What are your Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses like? That should also help inform what kind of shoes you get them. 🙂
To me, I would opt for the ‘special’ pair…just because my classic Loubs are ones like the Pigalles in black, and I can’t really see them working for a wedding.
Also – I think there’s always a risk with Louboutins because they can tend to be quite uncomfortable, especially if you have feet that are on the wider side. As much as I love the red sole, I only have a couple of pairs of Loubs because they just don’t work for my feet. I have the No Prive glitter slingbacks, and they’re incredibly painful to be honest.
I don’t know if your company discount extends to other brands, but comfort-wise you could also look at Jimmy Choo (something like the Vamp style, which is wedding-appropriate but neutral enough to be worn again) or Valentino. Manolos, for me, are more comfy than Loubs too.
Post # 14
@Payless: hah! This was the best answer. I’ll keep you in mind if one of my girls goes insane 😉
@peonyinparis: Yes, CL isn’t the only designer! They’re just my favourite haha. I’ve had my eyes on a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes for a while now that I might be buying for me to wear. I haven’t decided yet haha. What makes the glitter No Privs uncomfortable to you? I have a pair in 120mm, and I don’t wear them a lot but i’ve never found them uncomfortable.
I’m considering taking my girls shopping and letting them try on a bunch and see what we find, and then surprise them with the shoes as a gift. I think it might make it easier to pick a shoe with them. And I’d get a fun day with teh girls and a chance to surpise them!
Post # 16
@DelilahDiamond: Most Loubs (including the Prives) are uncomfortable on me because I have wide-ish feet.
I think taking them for a shopping trip is a great idea, you can narrow down your choices before surprising them on the day of the wedding.