(Closed) Switching from heels to flats…?

posted 7 years ago in Shoes
Post # 3
404 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I had 2.5 inch heels and switched out after pictures were taken. I’m not used to wearing heels AT ALL so my feet were hurting really bad. I switched to my flip flops and since it was only a couple inches, i just picked up the front while I walked into the reception and it wasn’t a problem during the first dance. I was just happy to be comfortable!

If you decide to hem it for 4 inch heels, and then switch to flats, I would just expect to have to hold it up while you walk.

Post # 4
1766 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I think going from 4 inches to flats might make your dress too long.  If you haven’t done your alterations yet, tell them that you will switch to flats and they will shorten the dress accordingly.  You will need to bring both shoes to the fittings.

Post # 5
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I had 4 inch heels I wore for pictures and the ceremony, then switched into platform flip flops (2.5 inches) for the reception. I had them hem my dress to about 1 inch above the ground with the 4″ heels on, and I didn’t have any trouble switching at all. 

Post # 7
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I just took of my heels at some point in the reception and went barefoot!  My feet were too tired to do heels any longer with all the dancing I was doing!

The bottom of my dress got extra dirty as it kind of mopped the floor and I had to hold it up to do line dances and such (but other people were stepping on it more than I was stepping on it).  I hardly noticed though – I was so into everything else around me that my dress dragging on the floor was the lest of my concens.

Post # 8
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

You can tell you alterations person about this perhaps they can somehow take this into consideration when creating the bustle and pull more fabric from the front to factor in the switch from heel to flat shoe.?

Post # 9
5670 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I wore my heals for the ceremony and half the reception (they were about 3-4 inches). After my feet started to hurt I just put on white glittery flip flops. My dress did drag but it wasn’t much of a big deal and also when you are dancing in a big dress you tend to hold it up a little anyways.

Post # 10
693 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I bought white 2.5 inch heels for the ceremony and blue sparkly flats for the reception.  But when I was making my appointment for alterations, the lady was like, we don’t recommend changing heights until the very very end so you don’t have to worry about tripping.  She was adament that even a 1.5 inch difference will make a big difference when you actually have to deal with it.

Post # 11
262 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I switched from a 3″ heel to flats and I really didnt have any problem….My dress dragged a bit but I wasnt like I was tripping over it. I’m glad I did I was so much for comfortable 🙂

Post # 12
1488 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’ve read where a bee (I don’t remember who though) had an extra place to bustle their dress so when they took their shoes off they could raise the bustle of the dress so it didn’t drag. Maybe you can ask your alterations lady about something like this.

Post # 13
725 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@CorgiTales:  I am wondering the same thing myself and decided on a hem 1 inch off the gorund with my shoes.  Do you happen to have a picture in your dress and heels to see what it would look like?

Post # 14
284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I wore 4″ heels for the ceremony and some of the pictures–I am 5’2″ and purposely bought my dress in petite length to avoid having alterations done. That being said, the petite length was made to be floor length on a 5’1″ bride. I wanted to be able to see the peep toe part of my shoes under my gown anyways — so it was the perfect length (for me) in heels and then when I switched to flats, it brushed the floor.

Post # 15
300 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Bumping this thread, cause I’m about to have my first fitting and have not figured out the shoe situation yet.  Help! 

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