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Wedding: These Boots Were Made for Walkin’

by Meghann on May 17, 2012

Still no leads on the bridesmaid dresses. But, to be honest, I haven’t really been looking. Nothing looks right and, frankly, it’s becoming more of a stressor than it should be.

Luckily there’s still time. I’m going to wait until after my sister wedding. Then, once the dust settles, I plan to steal her away for a weekend to dress-shop hop and see it anything looks right. Until then I plan to casually dress shop online, but I’m not going to let it eat away at me.

There may not have been any leads in the dress department, but there have been in the boots department. :)

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Yes, I’ve kindly requested that all my bridesmaids wear cowgirl boots for the wedding. I think they’re fun and it gives me an excuse to wear a pair of my own for photos (I also have my eye out for some cute navy heels for the ceremony).

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I know the cowgirl boots are kinda “the thing” to do now (especially with rustic weddings) and a tad cliche/overdone, but I can’t get over how adorable they are. The more photos I see of the look, the more I love them, and the more I can’t wait to see my girls wearing them.

Source: ciarla.com via Stetson on Pinterest

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I purchased my first pair of cowgirl boots my junior year of college (for $32.99 from Target) and literally wore them to the ground. They survived 5 glorious years of line dancing, denim skirts, and summer dresses before they literally fell apart of me. Hey, for $32.99 from Target – I’d say 5 years is a pretty good run for cowgirl boots.

When the time came, I immediately hopped on Target.com and bought another pair (for $29.99), a pair that I still wear today and a pair that found their way into our engagement photos.

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When I first started telling people about my cowgirls boot idea, there was a little concern about budget, especially since I’m trying to keep it so cheap for the dress. Well, I knew from personal experience that cowgirl boots do not have to cost hundreds of dollars. I’d been eyeing Target for some deals (sadly the ones I purchased for $29.99 are no longer in stock) and found these after a tweet from one of my bridesmaids.

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This is the best deal I’ve seen thus far for the price. Old Navy has some options, but the quality isn’t there. Overstock.com has also have a few boots pop up recently.

One of my bridesmaids also thought of the brilliant idea of checking out local consignment shops to see if any boots make their way there. I’ve also had a cousin step forward with an offer to loan her cowgirl boots to a bridesmaid if any needs them. I bet if I asked around I could find a few more friends/ family members who would be willing to do the same thing.

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Cowgirl boots will only be a big expense for the ladies if they choose it to be. My goal has always been to keep their costs minimal and I plan to keep that goal in tact. Even if I told the girls they needed silver or nude shoes, I’d bet some girls would still have to go out and purchase shoes (for at or around the same price as the boots). I’ve only been in one wedding (my little brother’s) and the bride requested silver shoes. Since none of us had them, she ordered silver shoes off DSW and we all reimbursed her. She made it easy. I preferred that.

What has you experience been with shoes as a bridesmaid? Or when choosing shoes for your own bridesmaids?

  

{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Molly May 17, 2012 at 1:48 pm

They have adorable taller boots at Alloy’s website! I just ordered myself a pair. They come in three different colors!

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2 Lindsay @ Running the Windy City May 17, 2012 at 1:51 pm

I love the cowgirl boots idea! Its so adorable!

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3 Mary May 17, 2012 at 2:07 pm

I assume you’ve looked at this site before, but this dress is really pretty (and affordable!)

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4 Meghann May 17, 2012 at 2:15 pm

What site? Didn’t see a link. :)

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5 Mary May 17, 2012 at 2:15 pm
6 Mary @ food and fun on the run May 17, 2012 at 2:08 pm

I have a really great pair of brown boots in a size 10 if any of your ladies would like to use them :)

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7 Lindsey May 17, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Every time I have been a BM it has been a do what you want for shoes and I did the same for my girls. Mainly because I had BMs that were 5 feet tall and the tallest 5’9″ so the shorter girls wanted heels and the taller girls did not. I only asked that they matched their dress! The same when I’ve been a BM the only real request is the same color of shoe.
I think the cowboy boots idea is cute, and think it would look best with each girl wearing different boots, also saves them $ if they can borrow a pair.

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8 Rachel Wilkerson May 17, 2012 at 2:41 pm

I really like the different boots idea! It’s not uncommon for bridesmaids to wear different shoes in a certain color, and with matching dresses, I think you can afford to mix it up a bit with the boots. I can see how it could look awkward if, say, two of the girls’ boots were SUPER similar (or identical)…I think you’d need to be very intentional about it…but it could totally work!

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9 Holly May 17, 2012 at 2:34 pm

I love the idea and frankly, even if your bridesmaids have to purchase a pair, they are so versatile, they will surely get their money’s worth out of them. I have also seen lots of “bargain” boots (not bargain quality, just price)…I’ll send you links if I come across any.
Cheers!

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10 Abby May 17, 2012 at 2:46 pm

I think keeping the cost for shoes around what those boots from Target cost is just fine. I simply requested that my bridesmaid wore black open-toed shoes, but they also wore floor-length dresses so their shoes were never really seen. But I do know that my SIL has been in several weddings where the bride requested certain shoes, and she’s spent over $50 on a few pairs.
Plus, boots are kind of universal and likely to worn again and again, so it’s not like you’re asking them to pay $45 for an uncomfortable pair of ugly silver sandals with heels that they’ll NEVER wear again (like one of the brides did for my SIL).

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11 Michelle M. May 17, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Check out What Tiffany’s Bridesmaids did :) Sooo cute. I thought maybe since it was January and would be chilly this would be cute too if not every girl could find cowboy boots.

http://thejonescoffeehouse.blogspot.com/2012/03/dresses-and-boots.html

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12 Erika May 17, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I did similar Ann Taylor dresses for my wedding – they all used a 50% coupon which I feel come in all the time and just ordered they regular size. A few had to do alterations still but not that bad.

http://www.anntaylor.com/ann/catalog/productDetails.jsp?prodId=278054&defaultColor=2439&productPageType=fullPriceProducts&colorExplode=false&skuId=11168270

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13 Joy May 17, 2012 at 3:33 pm

I have a pair of kick ass frye boots I’d happily loan out :-) they’re comfy

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14 Mel May 17, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Hi! Have you thought about letting your bridesmaids pick their own dresses? I told all of mine that my only requirements were the same color (navy) and knee length. It turned out great! Everyone was comfortable in their dress and the budget was up to how much they wanted to spend. For shoes, I actually bought them as their gifts. I got each of them sseko sandals (www.ssekodesigns.com) with matching straps. I wore the same sandals but with ivory straps.
Good luck!

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15 Kelly May 17, 2012 at 8:01 pm

This is what one of my girlfriends is letting us do for her wedding. It ended up being a HUGE relief because we all live in different states and have different body types and tastes (including one bridesmaid who will be a couples weeks out from giving birth at the time of the wedding). It definitely reduced the drama and I have to say I am seriously excited about the dress I chose to wear. It also meant, at least for me, price was less of an issue because I knew I was choosing something I was likely to wear again. And personally, when I was looking at other people’s wedding photos for inspiration I actually thought they looked more interesting because you had more variety and contrast.

If anyone is looking for bridesmaid dress inspiration I will admit I got a little pin happy with pinterest and found a lot of super cute options:

http://pinterest.com/thepinkapron/so-it-looks-like-i-m-a-bridesmaid/

The one thing that made me excited is that bridesmaid dresses are much cuter and more varied in style than they used to be. I’d also recommend your maids reserve judgement until they actually try on the dresses. The one I ended up picking wasn’t my favorite online.

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16 Grace @ Grace Dishes May 17, 2012 at 3:55 pm

I’ve actually never worn a pair of cowgirl boots! Yours look super cute though. I think it’s nice that you are so organized and I bet your bridesmaid’s appreciate that. My sister was asked to be a wedding and the bride has YET to pick a color yet so it’s really made the control freak in her annoyed yet you don’t want to be that person who nags the bride.

:)

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17 Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana May 17, 2012 at 4:02 pm

I love the boots idea, so cute!! So much better than having to wear uncomfortable heels :)

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18 Sarah May 17, 2012 at 4:14 pm

check out rack room shoes for cow girl boots. They are always buy one, get one 50% off, and if you sign-up for their e-mails you can also get an additional 10% off. I think I got mine for about $30

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19 Meghann May 17, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Thanks for the tip!

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20 jackie May 17, 2012 at 4:17 pm

I saw a couple of dresses at ann taylor online that seemed like something your lookin for. Bonus, they are always having 40% off sales!

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21 Hillary May 17, 2012 at 6:01 pm

My best friend’s wedding was this past fall, and she picked our shoes for us. They were reasonable, but (to be honest) I’m not sure I’ll ever wear them again. I guess that’s just what you have to expect when you sign on to be a bridesmaid!

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22 BroccoliHut May 17, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Interesting topic! For my oldest sister’s wedding, she had us all buy dyeable shoes (any style) and have them dyed to match our red dresses. I never wore them again, so it seemed like a big waste of money. For my middle sister’s wedding, she just told us to wear silver strappy sandals. I wore those into the ground (actually Margot ate them last summer!).
As for my bridesmaids, I don’t think I’ve made that decision yet. The dress they’ll be wearing is long (dark purple), so the shoes probably won’t show much.

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23 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey May 17, 2012 at 8:51 pm

I don’t think $45 is that expensive for wedding shoes, especially for shoes I would wear ALL the time. I’ve spent like $70 on shoes I’ve only worn once. I want to be in your wedding and wear cowboy boots.

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24 Helena May 17, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Love the cowboy boots idea. I’m still not sure if they’d look good on me, but I’ve yet to try on a really nice pair.

Have you looked at the website http://www.eshakti.com/Products/Dresses# for dresses? They do custom alterations based on your measurements, and the dresses are pretty inexpensive!

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25 Melissa May 18, 2012 at 12:55 am

For my soon to be sister-in-law’s wedding, we all stumbled on a pair of shoes while shopping for bridesmaid dresses and bought them that day. For another wedding I was recently in, another bridesmaid found the shoes the bride wanted at TJ Maxx and luckily I was able to run out and get them. (That one wasn’t as easy as the other one). For my upcoming wedding, I’m letting the girls wear any shoe they want in a silvery color.

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26 Jillian @ KMF May 18, 2012 at 6:44 am

I REALLY enjoy the cowboy boots idea :) my only bridesmaid experience, the bride was amazing and gave us target outfits! the whole thing didn’t cost more than $50 total! Green suede flats and brown taffeta sleeveless deep v short dresses…it was completely perfect for their wedding, and we all looked pretty dang good in them :)

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27 Stephanie @ My Freckled Life May 18, 2012 at 9:08 am

I’m planning my wedding for November and I’m having the HARDEST time finding bridesmaid’s dresses too! It is definitely stressful! I have bridesmaids with ALL different body types (2 tall and skinny, 1 short and larger chested, and one more pear shaped), so finding something that is flattering for everyone is becoming more and more difficult! So I definitely understand your stress!

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28 Stace May 18, 2012 at 10:00 am

zappos.com has a huuuuuuggggeeee selection. I know bc I am doing boots too. My fiance’ is from the serious back-country of North Carolina (I am a northerner who went to college there) and Iwant to pay hommage to that part of our life with boots and a few other tricks. The guys and girls are both wearing boots!

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29 Lara @ TresLaLa to TinyLaLa May 18, 2012 at 10:44 am

So cute! My bridesmaid shoes were THE biggest stressor of my wedding. No joke. The girls wore sage green dresses, and I wanted their shoes to match, and wanted them to wear wedges so they didn’t sink into the potentially soggy April ground. One of the girls found some, bought for all the girls, then shipped & they reimbursed. Easy, right? Another girl told me that they were terrible, didn’t match, and looked tacky. I spent 2 days the week before my wedding driving to stores all over DC to find suitable ones. But when I saw the original ones, they were PERFECT. Could have killed the one bridesmaid for making me crazy over it. Hope yours doesn’t end up like that!

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30 Katie May 18, 2012 at 11:09 am

I probably did things a bit backwards with my bridesmaids: I absolutely loved a particular pair of shoes, so they all bought them…and I let them pick out the dress they wanted (in a certain color from JCrew). If you have a strong opinion on their footwear, don’t feel bad about it…as long as it’s a reasonable cost of course! ;)

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31 Gillian @ That's G May 18, 2012 at 8:57 pm

saw this on The Berry today and thought of your peacock motif!

http://theberry.com/2012/05/18/take-a-berry-break-40-photos-165/berry-break-29-169/

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32 melissa (fitnessnyc) May 23, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Try the lela rose bridesmaid collection through dessy dot com. I was just in a wedding and they offered tons of options, styles and colors and not one of us had to get alterations.

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33 janet May 25, 2012 at 4:43 am

Look out for groupons to boot stores. If your bridesmaids would wear them again, buying real cowboy boots is the way to go. They are so comfortable and they last for always. Truly, I have a pair of Nocona boots and they will last longer than me. (With the groupon I got them for $100).

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34 Laura May 25, 2012 at 11:50 am

I love this idea and the pictures are SO cute! I wish I had done it for my wedding. And I wish I lived closer to you, I’d gladly lend all four pairs of my boots to your ‘maids! Happy Wedding planning, Mrs. Anderson-Russell (does have a nice ring to it, I have to admit!)

~Laura in Mississippi

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