Wedding Season: Party Shoes on a Budget

by Lisa on July 8th, 2009

Whether you’re the bride, a bridesmaid, or wedding guest, fashionable yet budget-conscious shoes are a #1 must have as we careen through wedding season. The number of pairs of shoes I have because I bought them to wear to one specific wedding is kind of embarrassing. Yet – I can’t help myself. Sometimes the shoes – and the deals – are just too good to pass up.

This year I didn’t have any early-summer weddings to attend so I just purchased what will be my end-of-summer/beginning-of-fall wedding dress (as a guest – not the bride!). I was dying for the Diane von Furstenberg black wrap dress that was out awhile ago (like the one pictured, but in black), but it was not to be. Ebay was not being very friendly to my bank account. So I found a very inexpensive replica and I’m quite happy.

But… I’m uncertain about what shoes to wear. I’m not afraid to go crazy with footwear and generally I like a lot of color. I decided to go through and pull my favorite shoes from a variety of sources, and across a variety of budgets, to see what I liked best for the upcoming weddings I have to attend.

And I thought I’d do something a little different on here – I thought I’d ask all of you for help in choosing which pair of shoes I’ll be sporting to weddings in the upcoming months! I have posted a few of my favorites below. If you like any of those, please leave a comment letting me know. If you have a different “fancy” shoe that you prefer, please leave a comment with the link and I’ll post some of my favorites in an upcoming post, along with whatever “wins” this informal survey. Within reason, I will purchase and wear the pair of shoes that receives the most votes.

So let’s get started…

Wedding Shoes

The yellow sandals at the bottom are Karli Patent Dress Sandals from Payless. They’re on sale for just $14.99.

The shoes on top of those come from my favorite big box store, Target. They’re the Mossimo Ivette Ruffle Dress Shoes in Sand. They retail for $19.99.

Above those are the Exchange by Charles David Dally in Gold Kid, which come from They sell for $48.88. Gold is always a favorite of mine, although since gold was my color last year, I’m a little bit hesitant to go that route again.

Next up is the Nine West Snowball in Light Green Leather. (I can’t believe this was the only colorful shoe I found!) These sell for $66.02 at

The Poppy Open Toe Platform Pumps are next. I couldn’t resist that splash of color in the platform! These are currently on sale at for $119.

Finally we have the Kate Spade Glenda Camel Patent. Camel-colored shoes seem to be all the rage right now and I couldn’t resist these beauties, which come courtesy of Jildor Shoes and sell for $295. Obviously my only hesitancy with these would be the price tag…because what’s not to love?

So tell me – which of these is your favorite? Or, do you have another suggestion?

7 Responses

  1. Tracy says:

    I love all of these shoes, but for a festive occasion, I like the gold shoes. My second favorite is the Target pair. However, a strap across the front of your ankle can make your legs appear shorter. What a fun question.

  2. Shaina says:

    Okay. So this maybe isn't the right answer, but…I love those black and white J.Crew heels you have with the blue bow! Or whatever that blue part is. I bet they would look really great with the black dress. :)

  3. Jenn says:

    super cute! i'm in a wedding in september and the bride has told us we can wear any shoes as long as they're silver, and don't look like reebok pumps or lucite stripper heels. any ideas? come across anything while researching your shoe post?

  4. a H.I.T. says:

    I'm addicted to shoes.

  5. Chandra says:

    I like the greens shoes, but they are not the most budget friendly of the bunch. I think they would make the best "pop" with a black dress.

  6. Kristine St Clair says:

    I like the Ivette Ruffle Dress shoes in sand. They are so cute!

  7. Julia says:

    I love the Nine West shoes. I think they'd be happy shoes for a wedding.