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Beginner September 2020

Comfort or cost saving?? (heels and alterations)

Marlisah, on March 7, 2020 at 2:35 PM Posted in Wedding Attire 2 44
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Advice/opinions please! Do I wear heels to avoid the cost of hemming my dress OR pay for alternations and get to wear flat comfortable shoes?


My dress is ordered and I'm trying to decide what to do when it comes to shoes and alterations. I already ordered petite. The hollow to hem is 55. Mine is like 51 1/2 (if I measured correctly). In an ideal scenario, I get to pretty much be barefoot for my wedding because I'm a bit clumsy and never wear heels. My alterations wouldn't be cheap though because of the floral appliques on the bottom of my dress. Our budget is small and we are trying to save anywhere we can. Is it better to buy heels and get use to them so I can avoid the cost of alternations OR is it better to pay the extra money to be able to wear shoes I know I'll be comfortable in? Did you have a similar experience? What did you choose? Any regrets? The dress pictured is a regular 4, I ordered a 2P so length is not accurate, but you can kinda see the detail that will bring up the cost of hemming. (Please excuse my face)Comfort or cost saving?? (heels and alterations) 1

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Latest activity by Marisa, on April 5, 2020 at 8:41 PM
  • M
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    Mary Jane ·
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    It sounds like you should probably just pay for the alterations. If you had more experience wearing heels, I would say, go for it— but that’s not something you want to experiment with for your wedding. You want to be comfortable. Alterations do suck, but I think it’s worth it
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  • Marlisah
    Beginner September 2020
    Marlisah ·
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    That makes sense. The wedding is in September. Do you think if I get some heels now and try to wear them a few times it would help?
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  • Kelly
    Champion October 2018
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    I would get the alterations and try to cut money in other areas. There are a lot of things that aren’t necessary for a wedding but you deserve to be comfortable on your day!! I say this as someone who hates heels and wore glitter keds under her dress lol.
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  • M
    Savvy August 2020
    Mary Jane ·
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    Well, you also mentioned being clumsy lol. Heels can be tricky even for people that are use to wearing them. I am use to wearing them, and I would t say I’m clumsy, but I’ve had my share of incidents. How high would the heel be? It looks like it would need to be a pretty decent height with the length of the dress in the front.
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  • Marlisah
    Beginner September 2020
    Marlisah ·
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    This is true!
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  • Marlisah
    Beginner September 2020
    Marlisah ·
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    I would need like a 3 1/2 or 4 inch heel at a minimum. I was thinking that a wedge platform type heel where all of it is thicker and even the front has some height (so I'm not on just my toes as much) is what I would try to get.
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  • Cyndy
    Rockstar May 2019
    Cyndy ·
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    I would try a large block heel to see if that helps. I bought these and they were comfortable and easy to walk in given the height. The best part is that I’ve been able to wear them again. There are lots of brands that make a similar shoe Comfort or cost saving?? (heels and alterations) 2

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  • Marlisah
    Beginner September 2020
    Marlisah ·
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    Good idea. Those seem manageable. They are kinda like what I was thinking.
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  • Jennifer
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    Jennifer ·
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    I would get it hemmed. I would hate to see the bottom get ruined and you want to be comfortable! My wedding is in May and I’m planning to wear sandals!
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  • Marlisah
    Beginner September 2020
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    I would definitely be more comfortable in sandals.
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  • Chrysta
    Master November 2022
    Chrysta ·
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    You could get some white stacked tennis shoes- height AND comfort!
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  • Marlisah
    Beginner September 2020
    Marlisah ·
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    Great idea! I don't know if I could find any that would be tall enough though... I wish I were taller!
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  • Chrysta
    Master November 2022
    Chrysta ·
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    I have seen them as tall as 8 inches!!
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  • Chrysta
    Master November 2022
    Chrysta ·
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    Not sure how tall you are needing them, but here are a few cute pairs. If you were needing a lot of height though, I would probably go with a platform heel or wedge
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  • Marlisah
    Beginner September 2020
    Marlisah ·
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    I need almost 4 inches I think. Though, I'll have a better idea when the dress actually comes in.
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  • Chrysta
    Master November 2022
    Chrysta ·
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    The dress is gorgeous on you!
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  • Marlisah
    Beginner September 2020
    Marlisah ·
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    Thank you 😊
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  • Alyssa
    Super December 2021
    Alyssa ·
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    I say go for comfort. I ordered my dress with a custom length so I don’t have to wear heels at all. FH is 6’1” and I’m 5’2” and I could not care less.
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  • Marlisah
    Beginner September 2020
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    I don't mind being my usual short self. It's really just about trying to save the money. How long is yours hollow to hem? I'm almost 5'2"
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  • Kelsi
    Expert June 2020
    Kelsi ·
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    Have you considered a petticoat to raise the length? Definitely don’t risk your safety/comfort to save money.
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