And... I nearly went crazy shoe shopping.
This is one of those situations that started off innocent enough, but when nothing felt right, I continued to search, and look and search and look and search. As time went on, I was getting nowhere closer to what I was looking for. So much time and energy had gone into such a simple task, that the amount of time spent looking had led to even more pressure to find the right shoe. After all of this time, I couldn't just settle on something just for the sake of finding something.
So let us back up and walk down shoe searching memory lane. I looked at every single shoe website I could think of, and did many laps around different malls looking for the perfect sandal for our wedding day.
I knew I wanted a pair of flat sandals. We're getting married outside in August, and the ground is not barefoot optional. I wanted something that suited my style, something I would wear again (and again) and something that was a step up from my every day look.
Apparently not an easy task.
I had considered Birkenstocks (something I would definitely wear again) and moccasins (same deal), but they just felt too everyday.
After months of searching I stumbled on Free People's website. I found a pair of sandals that felt close enough, and I was ready to
|The sandals that almost were / Henley Beaded Sandal via Free People|
More time passed and I ended up on Anthropologie's website. The heavens opened up and there they were. The perfect sandal. With no deliberation, I was just ready to hit the purchase button. Except... they were out of stock. I called Anthropologie and they told me they had no way of knowing if the sandals would ever be back in stock again and suggested I look for something else. Sad face.
|The Cocobelle Arrow in Grey|
I continued to look around the site, and found another pair of Cocobelle sandals that were the next best thing. I decided to just push the purchase button and be done with it. I was ready to be off of this ride.
|The Cocobelle Coco Beadwork sandals in Ivory|
They finally arrived a couple weeks later (after $60 including shipping and duty)... and they didn't quite fit. As it turned out the website sizing was incorrectly labelled and the sandals were a half size too small for me. They didn't feel right on my feet, and after a few phone calls with Anthro, before I could just process a return, the lady on the phone had ordered a new pair for me in the correct size.
A week later my new pair arrived, and I'm sure you can imagine my disappointment when they were the same half size too small size again. I believe in signs from the universe, and at this point I knew these sandals were not meant to be. They were already slightly over my budget (after shipping/duty and the exchange rate I had spent over $200). I went on the Anthropologie site, and on a whim looked at the original sandals I wanted. And, wouldn't you know they had them back in my (new) size.
I called Anthropologie and explained that they had mistakenly sent me the wrong size again, and that I wanted to return the sandals in exchange for the ones I really wanted. The girl I talked to was incredibly nice and said she was going to try and allow me to keep the ones I had, and have the ones I wanted sent to me (to save on shipping back again). Anthro then emailed me and said I needed to return the sandals, and they would reimburse me up to 20% in shipping fees for their mistake.
While the mess of shipping is still waiting to be resolved, the new beauties arrived! They fit me perfectly and I am so relieved that my ridiculously long searching quest is finally over!
|Please excuse my gross toes! I'm waiting to get a pedicure for MOH L's wedding next weekend!|
Did you have a seemingly easy wedding task drive you crazy?