So I found my fun red (wedding) shoes on clearance for $29 at an outlet in Indiana when S and I were driving through this summer and spontaneously decided to stop. I had said that every time I had driven by that outlet over the years, I had always thought about stopping but never had. S decided it was high time, especially since this was our last drive by before the big move to Canada. So we stopped and ended up finding our red wedding shoes.* I had anticipated buying something a little more like this, but had been unable to find anything in the real world in my price range (cheap!), at a height I could actually walk in (not very high), that would also be comfortable. Yeah, I know...I have crazy high expectations from shoes.
But in Indiana, I found these which made me feel good. Walking around in the store, I felt extra confident, like I could take on the world in those shoes. And they were comfortable too. So I let go of the "sexy shoe" idea and went for a funky/sassy version that I knew I would wear a lot and feel GOOD in. And I have no regrets. I loved wearing them that day and I have worn them multiple times since the wedding, although it has been rather limited because of it being snowy during the winter. But I am looking forward to warmer weather and stepping out in my wedding-shoes-turned-anytime-I-feel-like-rocking-red-shoes shoes. I even bought some funky printed tights to wear with them.
*We found my shoes in one store and went to the next store and they had Converse (which S was wanting to wear) in EXACTLY the same shade of red. So in about half an hour or less, we found perfectly matching red shoes in "our" shade of red, that yes, did match the red in the invites. Without trying to match anything with color swatches or anything of the kind. Amazing. Then we hopped back in the car and were on our way.