Fan Friday – Nice Shoes Edition

I was never really very interested in shoes, until finding them became much more difficult. Maybe it was just that the selection was too large to really focus in on any shoe, but it was only when I was in the only vegan shoe store in Vancouver and saw a completely impractical shoe and said…damn, that’s a nice shoe.

Fan Friday Presents…Nice Shoes!

Nice Shoes is a great store. Not just because it has vegan shoes–which is a key part of why I found it in the first place–but also because it just has a great selection of shoes. Such nice shoes, in fact, that that is where I bought my wedding reception shoes.

It is also where my husband bought his fancy shoes for the wedding. He saw a certain pair of shoes, was able to walk away and still came back 2 weeks later coveting them. That is a deep love for a shoe, I tell you.

Remember these beauties?

I feel that at this point, I should answer the most frequent question that I get when I mention “vegan shoes”, and that is: what makes a shoe not vegan in the first place? There are two components, really. The first is the obvious one, leather. The second is a not so obvious one, and that is the glue that’s used to attach the pieces of the shoe together–in 95% of the cases, it’s made of animal byproducts. Yum, right?

In short, this little shoe store is entirely deserving of its name. It really does have nice shoes–nice to look at, nice to wear, and nice to animals!

Did you suddenly start loving something that you’d previously not cared about? What was your turning point?

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Something Blue

The results are in, folks!

That’s right, it was a close one, but the heels did win the poll.

However, I also took the comments under advisement when I made my decision. And so, my dear friends, the winner is…

Aren't they pretty?

The flats!! Don’t worry, though, I will still be showing off those heels for the reception part of the big day. I also shoved some insoles into both shoes, to try and improve them on the support aspect. It will only be a few hours, but even with the extra support, I suspect it may take me some time to recover from wearing such impractical shoes.

This brings the wedding lead-up series to an end. I have something old, something new, something borrowed, and now, something blue. There are just 5 days left until the day that I (plus help) have worked for the past 11 months for. I am quite sure planning this wedding has been like a second job.

I cannot even tell you how excited I am to get back to a normal life and have time to create blog content that is not about weddings. That will only be after I’ve had a lot of fun sharing all the details I crafted, of course–I am so excited for some of these things, especially my pet project, which was officially wrapped up 2 days ago (I know, the suspense is killing me too!).

Sharing this wedding process has been wonderful, and the support I’ve received as a result of these blogs has been incredible and so helpful. So thank you to all of my readers, new and old! I will see you back here on August 27th, when regular posts will resume (and I’ll be a married woman!!).

It’s Poll Time!

As my regular readers know, I’ve put a lot of effort into the shoes I was intending to wear when I got married.

Aren't they pretty?

Don’t worry, you can’t see those marks from above

They are very cute shoes. But they’re also very uncomfortable shoes. I’ve stretched them enough for my feet, but they are still not big enough to put good insoles in. And as I’m sure you can see in the above picture, there is literally no support, arch or otherwise.

Then there’s these shoes, that I got to wear with my reception dress. Because we all know that a little bit of heel goes a long way.

Image courtesy of BAIT Footwear

I mean, come on, look at those shoes. Are they not the cutest (vegan!) shoes ever? And unlike the flats, they do have room for insoles. Nonetheless, I’m sure my feet will still be a bit sore afterwards. I’m not particularly used to wearing heels.

Before we get to voting, there is one more important thing to note: my dress was hemmed for the flats. As in, if I’m wearing flat shoes, you can’t seem them unless I pull up my dress. So if I wear the heels, you will be able to see my toes out the front of the dress (not the back, because it has a ginormous train). I’ve tried it out and I think it looks okay, but I really have no idea if this is some sort of sacrilege.

You have all been prepared for this to the best of my abilities. Now do me proud and vote!

Wedding Shoes – The Adjustment Period

For those of you who don’t remember, or are new readers (yay!), I found my wedding shoes at a thrift store several months ago. They were exactly what I wanted, except for two teensy little issues. They had marks on the top of the shoe, and they were a bit snug if worn for longer than a minute or so. And extra snug if one tried to, say, put insoles in. I’ve been told multiple times to pick comfortable shoes to get married in, and these shoes, while pretty, have no padding or support. At all.

The first order of business was to stretch the shoes. Fortunately for me, the internet was full to bursting with ideas. In the end, I chose number 3 from previous link: stretch with ice. I took two ziploc bags and filled them a bit over 1/3 full with water.

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Next, I inserted one into each shoe.

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Then I put them in the freezer overnight. (With such small ziptop bags, I raised the heels to force the water into the toe area.) The water expanded, and stretched the shoe material.

To get the bags out again, I let them thaw a bit and then hacked at the bulky ice sticking out of the toe in a fashion that made my fiance wince. But I had to get the ice out before the condensation killed my shoes. And nobody got hurt. Really. I swear.

The next time I put them on, the fit was much better. But not good enough for insoles. So they’re currently in the freezer for a second round. I definitely was pleasantly surprised that it worked as well as it did!

The next order of business was to make them look pretty. I cut off the bows that were in the way and made some shoe clips. They ended up being quite similar to the test ones I made awhile back, but I decided that simpler was better. A single pearl seemed to fit the look much better than a complicated set of beads.

Aren't they pretty?

Aren’t they pretty?

Even though you can see the marks at this angle, they are mostly covered by the flower petals from the top. However, I would like to cover them up a bit better…maybe with nail polish?

The funniest part of all this is that I will likely get another pair of shoes to go with my reception outfit. Mostly because my legs look better with a little bit of heel–but it’s too late in the process to wear something with a little bit of heel with my wedding dress (it was already hemmed). Oh well. These shoes are worth it…right?

Good news! Wedding shoes!

So, planning a wedding is stressful. The goal here was not to stress about it too much, but I have definitely failed that one several times over at this point. The good news is, it looks like we have a caterer and someone to make a wedding cake. The catch is, we’ve never tasted their wares, and won’t for at least another month or two. But the internet says they’re good, so it must be true. The internet is never wrong. Never.

What’s the other good news? I found wedding shoes. Not just any wedding shoes, but exactly the shoes I wanted. I spent a week researching. I wanted flats. I wanted them to be blue (mostly because I like blue, not because I was even thinking about my “something blue”). I wanted them to have peep toes because if I’m going to go to the effort and expense of getting a pedicure before I get married, there’s no point in hiding it in a pair of shoes. And I’m kind of loathe to spend a ton of money on shoes, so I didn’t want to spend more than $100 on them.

I was almost ready to give up.

It was out of desperation that we ventured into a thrift store. I didn’t have much hope of finding anything. I was ready to compromise, give in, just get something that worked.

And then I saw them.

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What’s this? Blue? Peep toe? Flat? $9.99??

Yes, I found my bridal shoes at a thrift store, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. They had some chunky fake stone piece attached to the front of the shoe, which I took off. But removing it leaves me with the bow and some weird black dots. The bow won’t come off without possibly damaging the shoe, but it’s kind of cute. Nonetheless, those black dots appear to be done with sharpie–they are not coming off (not even with acetone–I guess the internet isn’t always right, crap!).

I am now left in a dilemma. I’m not sure what to do to fix them. Nail polish? Just hide the dots with a shoe clip? I am inclined towards making a pretty shoe clip, but I’m not sure how to a) work it in with the bow or b) make it big enough that it covers the bow, without it concealing the shoe itself. And I really want to show them off.

This is a plea for ideas–any and all will be welcomed and pondered!