(Closed) Keep your shoes on! Please!

posted 8 years ago in Shoes
Post # 47
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’ve never had a problem seeing people barefoot at weddings. It proves they are up and active and having fun 🙂

I think flipflops are actually worse- I can’t stand the look of a whole bunch of people in matching cheap shoes making flip flop noises wherever they go. Bring on the bare feet!

Post # 48
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I have been known to go barefoot from time to time.  Reasons?  Well, I have several. I carry a small purse when I go to a wedding, so there isn’t any place to stash extra shoes, and I can only IMAGINE the reaction I’d get for walking into a ballroom with my ‘extras’ in my hand, talk about gauche!!  Generally I’ll have some in the car, but if there’s a valet I’m not going through the trouble to get them.  Sorry.  Second, I ALWAYS wear stockings to weddings, or generally any time I am in a dress (with the exception of a casual day in a sundress…and even then I will wear stockings if I’m going somewhere other than Wal-Mart) so flip flops aren’t an option.  I can’t wear bare legs, and even if I’m in the minority, this makes me feel too risque and naked.  Third, I think that seeing a picture with a bunch of ladies wearing fancy dresses and flip flops will look even worse than seeing barefeet.  Flip flops, while a wardrobe staple for many (including myself), are far more ‘unclassy’ in my humble opinion.  Also, sometimes venues do not take heels into consideration! I went to one where there was a rather steep incline between the ballroom, the bar area and the restrooms.  After a glass or two of wine, tottering on a steep hill to get to the ladies room was hazardous.  Another venue I went to (which was STUNNING) was on a lake, and there were very large slats in the floor!  My heel literally got stuck about 18 times before I got fed up and stuck them under the table.  My car was parked a large distance away, up a giant hill, and we were escorted from the car to the reception by trolley.  No way was I going to do that in heels, in the heat, just because someone might be offended by my (always pedicured professionally) toes.

OP, unless you are providing your guests an alternative (like a bucket of flip flops or ballet flats), you can think whatever you want but you cannot complain.  

Post # 49
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@WhatMaeBee:  It’s not supposed to be a casual affair, in 1945 at my grandparents wedding, I highly doubt anyone took off their shoes.


I doubt your grandparents wedding included the macerena and electric slide too…just a thought.  

Post # 50
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I have tried numerous heights and types of shoes over the years, and I just can’t stand in them for more than a few hours.  And I just don’t like to wear flats with my dress for pictures and cocktail hour and such.  But after dinner, I’m changing into the flip flops I stashed in my clutch!

ETA: At my wedding, I provided flip flops to all of my bridesmaids, and had a flip flop basket.  People said it was a lifesaver.

Post # 51
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

I always keep my shoes on all night long and I ended up barefoot at my wedding. It was like 8+ hours at that point. Whatever, I’d rather have my wedding be fun as h*ll with everyone dancing barefoot than everyone be “classy” in their seat with their shoes firmly on.

Post # 52
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Just a question, for those of you suggesting a flip flop basket, are you just way moere graceful than me? Because I am fairly certain dancing barefoot is way easier than flip.flops. I mean, its hard to walk gracefully in flip flops, and the awful noise! Which of.course doesnt stop me from wearing them march-November, but it is because it isn’t socially acceptable to go out in public barefoot and Texas parking lots reach 130 degrees in the.summer. but even if I were at a wedding with a basket of.flip flops, I would be barefoot anyway.

Post # 53
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We are Portuguese, that’s what we do when we party, we go barefoot. We dance, drink, party and dance barefoot. I can for sure garantie that half our croud will be barefoot by the end of the night lol including me hihi

Post # 54
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

This thread is so interesting to me. I NEVER considered that people would care about something like this! The weddings I have been to had flip flop baskets for the most part, so I think I always had something on, but if I was uncomfortable in my heels and wanted to dance, and other people had no shoes on, I wouldn’t think twice about taking mine off.

My perspective about my own wedding is that more than looking formal and proper, I want my guests to have fun, dance, and relax. We are providing a flip flop basket but I would be thrilled if people were having enough fun to take their shoes off. 

Post # 55
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Ehh, it doesn’t bother me.  I don’t do it, because I am so weird about my feet.  I am always afraid of stubbing my toe or someone stepping on them, LOL! Our reception floor was filthy, I think concrete? I would have never taken them off.  Haha!

Post # 56
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

As a present for all my girls, I’ve included the Fast Flats.  I dont want my girls running around barefoot.

Post # 57
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5217 posts
Bee Keeper

I didn’t care at all if people went shoe less at my wedding…. Guess they were just taking cues from the bride 🙂

Post # 58
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I am the kind of girl who rather hobble home or sit my behind in a chair if I can’t tolerate my heels.  Depending on what time your ceremony starts the ladies may have been in heels for hours and want to dance and have fun. I wouldn’t admonish the guest, and it never happens until towards the end of the reception when the dancing really gets going. Peoplewant to enjoy themselves at your  wedding so that may mean removing thier shoes. This is a small issue that I would just let go.

Post # 59
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Ok Ok…I’ll admit, I was barefoot at the end.  I know I had no shoes on as we entered the car.  The thing that peeved me off is that I just looked at wedding pics and noticed that my hubby’s cousin didn’t even make it out of the chapel with shoes.  She has barefoot in his family’s pics!  Aye yi yi!  Couldn’t you have waited?!

Post # 60
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Hey ladies…

I’m barefoot right now. At work. And I was wearing flats… whatcha gonna do about it? Wink

But really, barefoot is totally alright with dancing. I cant dance in flats because they usually slip off or they dont have enough support (or they get sticky sweaty, which I cant stand).

Post # 61
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I have been known to kick off the heel towards the end of a reception.  I noticed in our wedding pics someone had brought flip flops and then decided to take those off and leave them by the dance floor.  Never bothered me, I would much rather people be comfortable and dancing then dying in their shoes.  

And I’m pretty sure that bare feet look better than that too drunk/feet hurt too much to walk correctly so I’ll just hobble around in heels look.  That looks worse than anything. 

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