So it will come as no surprise that amidst my wedding planning, my priority above flowers, photographers, and even a dress, is the shoes. And not even just mine (because I’m not that selfish) – my bridesmaids too. And what better way to say ‘I do’ than in a pair of my favourite brand, Jimmy Choo (my bridesmaids will also be joining me in Choos). I have two bridesmaids, and I know shoes are (almost as) important to them as they are to me. As drama seems to magnetize itself to me from most aspects in life, finding the perfect wedding shoe has been no different. And at the time of writing, this shoe situation has still not been solved (although I think we are onto a winner).
It started last year around October time. I’d picked my shoe. Frustratingly it was a short heel at 85mm (not the usual 100mm which most designer pumps are), but as h2b is two inches taller than me, I couldn’t risk being taller than him in all our wedding photos, and I’d probably be grateful for the shorter heel after 5 hours of wearing them on The Big Day (with another 5 hours to go). So the classic ‘Agnes’ shoe it was, in a beautiful navy suede to match the bridesmaids dresses, and a shoe I’d wear time and time again afterwards. One service Jimmy Choo now offers is a ‘Made to Order’ personalization service, where you can have you initials or special date stamped into the sole. This is something that can only be done whilst the shoe is being made, as it replaces the shoe size numbers on the bottom. It also comes at a higher price understandably and takes 8-10 weeks to make, if this is something you are considering. I’d decided it would be a lovely low-key and intimate surprise to show h2b on our wedding day, in between all the celebrations, the small gold lettering with my new initials on the underside of my shoe.
So in February I went into the Jimmy Choo boutique in Harrods to confirm the size (go up a half a size in pointy/narrow toe shoes) and order my special personalized wedding shoes. This was it. Today. Happening right here right now.
Except it wasn’t. Half way through the ordering process with a sales assistant and an iPad, it transpired that I could order the Agnes shoe in suede, but I couldn’t order it with the contrasting shiny heel – like the one on the shop shelf. Which seems a little silly – both in the fact that they already make the shoe as I want it; I just can’t have it with my initials on, and also that their ‘Made to Order’ service doesn’t allow me to design the exact shoe I want. So I went away to mull it over – a suede shoe with my initials (and at a higher price), or the suede/shiny contract shoe with no initials at a steal. Now, I know there are more pressing things happening in the world, and if I’m stressing about this then heaven help us when an even bigger wedding-obstacle comes along… but if you’re questioning the seriousness of this TERRIBLE SITUATION I am in, well, that’s why you’re not a bridesmaid. My two bridesmaids were understandably horrified at this debacle (good move girls, good move), and jumped to my support. I finally reached the conclusion that the initials (and the price) were unnecessary, and the shiny heel was the way forward.
So it was last week when I marched into Jimmy Choo, became besties with the store manager, and asked to buy the Agnes shoes (in a size big enough to fit my mammoth feet). And OH MY GOD. I thought I’d already gone through the trauma and this was the end. But no. More trauma. They’d sold out, and they weren’t ordering any more in of this CLASSIC SHOE DESIGN because they’d moved over to another model. A new model called ‘Romy’ which frankly looks like it came from New Look, with no suede version, and definitely no suede/shiny heel contrast. I’ve called them all week and they are actually not getting more in. They physically can’t. And I couldn’t find any other shoe on the JC website that even came close… except for a jewel and pearl-encrusted bridal shoe costing £1795.
After harassing them a bit more yesterday, I had the brainwave of going up a heel height (called the 'Abel’). Maybe h2b can pull a ‘Tom Cruise’ and find some shoes with a sneaky added heel height for some extra inches. Or I accept I'm in a Charlize Theron/Nicole Kidman kind of situation and face up to the fact that I am the taller flower of our relationship (when in heels, which have practically become part of my legs).
Which brings me to the present (for anyone who stuck along my journey of shoe suffering). I’ve reserved the Abel shoes in my size, and if all goes to plan and they fit tomorrow, I will be purchasing my wedding shoes. Finally. And also my bridesmaids’ shoes, which I have also put on hold. I mean, I refuse to go through the same thing again!
the crazy happenings in my life