Something Old, Something New–Something Blue on Your Shoe?

11 Nov


I have a mildly unhealthy obsession with impractical designer shoes that I’ll never be able to afford, and my most recent object of desire are these blue sky-high pumps from Yves Saint Laurent:


The color blue has long been connected to weddings because of its association with fidelity, modesty, and love. So, inspired by my latest shoe lust, here are some ideas for using your shoes to fulfill the last part of the treasured saying “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.”


  • Be True to Your Sole Louboutin may have ownership over the red sole,but how about painting the soles of your shoes blue? This idea is great if you’re wearing stilettos because the subtle flash of blue that can be seen from behind is just the right amount of color to enhance the outfit while not throwing off the wedding color scheme. If you want to make it into a DIY project, for only $2.25, you can buy leather paint from The Caning Shop, and they have several shades of blue to choose from. If you want to leave it up to the pros, contact The MasterCobbler—your shoes will be safe in their hands. There are also some styles of the Something Bleu brand that, true to their name, come with pale blue soles.

  • Two Words, Two Shoes—It’s Meant to Be! Blue “I Do” rhinestone stickersfor the bottom of wedding day shoes are a popular (and inexpensive) option for a “something blue.” They can be purchased from Good Things Wedding Favors for a mere $4.50! If you’re the DIY type, Glamour has a wonderful tutorial on using your own rhinestones and glue to get the job done.



  • A Twist on Tradition Although perhaps not the most well known of wedding day traditions, I’ve read about a signing of the bride’s shoes by all her bridesmaids. As explained by The Willrich Wedding Planner’s Blog, each bridesmaid signs the bottom of the bride’s shoes and the name that is most worn off the shoes by the end of the night is the name of the next girl to get married. If you choose to partake in this tradition, have your bridesmaids sign with a blue pen or marker and—voila!—something blue.

Of course, you could always opt to simply wear blue shoes, which is an especially cute idea if your bridesmaids’ dresses are blue, or the color is somehow incorporated into your overall wedding theme. If that’s the case, might I recommend the lovely (and slightly ridiculous) pair of Yves Saint Laurent shoes from the start of the post? And might I also suggest buying an extra pair for me?



2 Responses to “Something Old, Something New–Something Blue on Your Shoe?”

  1. Michelle November 11, 2010 at 9:59 am #

    Great post Nicole, I love the idea of painting your soles in that light blue color. So subtle and charming. And for that price? Definitely doable!

  2. Future mother-in-law November 11, 2010 at 11:33 am #

    I think it would be special to have someone paint the shoes for you. Maybe a family member who you wanted to be a part of the wedding, but all the “jobs” were taken.

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