I am the first to admit that I'm a label girl - it's probably my biggest downfall. 10 years ago at the peak of the Real Estate Market, I had no financial worries and was making more money than most 24 year old's could even fathom. Then 5 years and multiple designer handbags later, the real estate market crashed and my lush lifestyle came to a screeching halt. 5 additional years later while living in today's reality, I still carry the same designer handbags and would rather spend a little more on a pair of shoes which I can keep for 3 years vs. ones that last one season.
This is why we decided to get a designer wedding flats. My Mom saw it as spending a little extra on my shoes, knowing I would wear them many times post wedding vs. a pair I would wear once at half the cost. I've been searching high and low for the perfect pair, only to receive an email the day after Christmas from Tory Burch (a/k/a my favorite designer ever) announcing 25% off their already marked down merchandise. Low and behold, they had a pair of sparkle flats in the same color as the Bridesmaid Dresses.
The Tory Burch Crystal Chelsea Flats seemed too perfect to be true. I did not want neutral colored shoes and I wanted something that would pop, especially being I have to wear flats. The Chelsea's were originally $275, marked down to $190 with an additional 25% off, making them $150-ish and the "Boysenberry" color seemed to match the swatch from the Bridesmaid dresses. Upon receiving them in the mail, they were a little brighter than the color swatch due to the sparkles but are perfect (and super comfortable).
This is one of the benefits of having an extended engagement - most of the large purchases are already bought and paid for (this is a cash wedding - no credit!), allowing splurges for dream wedding shoes. It is also the downfall -these purchases will overextend the budget if we aren't careful.
I know those out there who aren't label snobs probably think I am nuts for getting such expensive wedding shoes. I look at it as saving nearly 50% on a pair of shoes I will wear again and again. Unfortunately, my Mother has insisted I turn the shoes over to her, as she fears I will break down and wear them pre-wedding day. She knows me too well......
Did you re-wear your wedding shoes after the big day?