Here are the initial parameters for this, our newest mission (which, of course, we chose to accept):
My best friend is getting married in September and we’re trying to find the perfect bridesmaid shoes—please help! Our dresses will be black, and she’s hoping to find a black shoe with some red and/or yellow on it (the colors of the wedding and bouquets). Our dresses are knee-length, and very 50s style with a wider skirt and fitted top—not too fancy. Our location is in the U.S., we’d love to keep the price below $75, but could go up to $100 if need be. A mid- to high heel would be great!
With that, our very own Shoesense went on the hunt and came up with a first round of suggestions. First up was the gorgeous, but too pricey (at $270, and that’s on sale at Piperlime down from a full price of over $400!) Sophie by Cynthia Vincent.
Piperlime also has the Nine West Drazly 2 pump in black and red for $80.
From Nordstrom comes the pretty red/black version of the Boutique Nordstrom Melina pump (also $80).
And finally, the all-black Bruno Premi Deja-Vu slingback ($85).
That was our first round of suggestions. Then our bridesmaid-to-be responded with this:
Thank you so much for your help! We took a look at what you suggested and our bride thinks she would prefer to do a solid yellow shoe, and then put a sash on our dresses or a headband in our hair or something. So now we have changed the focus to yellow. I liked the style of the Nine West one you sent, and we really like a few at J. Crew, but they are a bit out of our price range.
The J. Crew styles she particularly liked are the Gwendolyn satin t-straps ($225)
and the Cleo patent leather t-straps ($195) that are so juicily lemon colored I want to make them into footwear lemonade.
And so now I’ve taken up the call for a yellow shoe, the official Shoeblog favorite color of spring, and very hot right now.
The rsvp Daina is a pretty lemony yellow patent leather sandal ($70) with a swooping heel detail I pretty much love.
The Nine West Argent in yellow satin is a pretty good substitute for the J. Crew Gwendolyn’s, but it’s only $64 at Endless instead of over $200. This one also comes in a yellow leather, but the color doesn’t pop nearly so much as it does in satin.
In other Nine West yellow options (of which there are several), there’s the Doverly ($80), which isn’t solid yellow, but might work anyway.
And if you want to go the super-dainty feminine route, there’s the lovely, refined Solelyn ($64).
The Jessica Simpson Chasie slingback ($100) has that same dark heel/yellow combination as the J. Crew Cleo, though with a heel of 4.75″ I can’t imagine dancing the night away in these at the reception.
There’s a new batch of suggestions for our wedding planners. Let’s see if any of them work out.