- 4 years ago
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I have been debating what to do with my wedding shoes for a long time. I knew I didn’t want heels or at least not very high heels for a number of reasons. One being that FI and I are about the same height and I didn’t want to tower over him on our wedding day, second we are getting married outside and having heels sinking into the grass is no fun.
A good majority of dress shoes hurt my feet horribly and almost all of them that are pump style seem to remove all the skin from the back of my heel. Ouch. The only shoes I have found that don’t do this to me are Calvin Klein. So I went on a hunt and found two contenders – I bought them both!
This is the other pair I was considering – still have them! They might be great for some pre wedding functions.
I ended up really liking the flats but felt the needed that something extra, I also knew I wanted to somehow incorporate the “six pence in her shoe” tradition. I was born in England and half my family (Dad’s side) is British so I thought this would be a small way to honor that – I searched and found out the years the six pence was made, I decided if I could find one I really wanted a six pence minted in 1960. This is the year both my parents were born.
I was able to find one on ETSY! I also purchased some blank shoe clips from InspireSupplies to get my start.
For a long time I planned on just making a shoe clip out of the six pence and buying some rhinestone sparkly shoe clips for my shoes. However, while DIY-ing my flowers I found some ribbon that perfectly matched my dress accent & bridesmaid dresses (AA Victorian Lilac)
So one night I was up late and browsing through wedding ideas when I came across these shoes on Dessy:
I’ve seen other Bees with these and they’re so cute! Now, I could have just ordered these clips with the hopes they’d be a close enough match, but why not try DIY-ing first!
I will admit to two failed attempts before I got this right! To make the flower/bows I ended up cutting strips of ribbon and gluing them (hot glue) into individual loops first. I used about 12 loops per clip. Once I had all my loops I glued them onto the blank shoe clip one at a time. For the finishing touch I added a center rhinestone and then circled that with pearl beads.
For my sixpence clip I just got glued it onto the clip and glued pearl beads around it. I will be able to remove the sixpence later if I want to by just heating up the hot glue again to get it off.
Over all I was really happy with how these turned out!