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Lucky Haul: Operation Wedding Shoes

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When I got engaged last summer, the first thing I thought about was my shoes. Well, the second thing. The first was, "Holy crap, I can't believe I'm getting married!"

For years, I've only splurged on practical thick-soled styles that I can wear daily—previous Lucky Hauls from me predominately feature stacked heeled shoes from Rachel Comey—and for multiple seasons, reassuring myself that one day, perhaps my wedding day, I would shell out for the pricey stilettos of my dreams. So finally, that blessed opportunity to spend wildly on crazy footwear had arrived…and I wasn't quite sure where to start.

I decided to begin my research the same way Carrie Bradshaw would: with Manolo Blanik. Since I was loathe to buy anything white, silvery or overly bridal, I thought the designer's signature ladylike styles might be classic enough for the occasion but still unique and special. I briefly considered the brand's "Something Blue" pump, before realizing it was the same one featured in the first Sex and the City movie. Which means they have probably been short-listed by nearly every bride-to-be across the country. Suddenly the cobalt slippers looked infinitely less enticing—I needed something more obscure.

My next move was to sift through fashion forward footwear labels, but still, nothing quite fit. Tabitha Simmons' spindly sandals were too wild, Charlotte Olympia's platforms too chunky and everything by Nichlas Kirkwood looked way too trendy. It was time to get serious. I decided to stop searching online and hit the stores instead. (Which might be normal for you but is kind of unusual for me—between Net-a-Porter and Moda Operandi I rarely visit brick and mortars anymore.)

My hunt brought me to New York's SoHo shopping district, where I came up short at Prada and Chanel. Before heading home, I strolled into Louis Vuitton on a whim. Downstairs, after quietly ogling the label's array of pastel pieces for spring I discovered the most beautiful pumps in a glass display case. They had a perfect silhouette (pointy-toed, sleek, elegant) with a tiniest bit of detail (a metal cap toe). But unfortunately, they were a bright, stark white. Mournfully, I explained my dilemma to a nearby sales associate who told me the shoes in question were made in other colors. Twenty minutes and a glimpse at the lookbook later, I was sold and ordering a pair for myself in minty green. My only problem now (aside from all other wedding related woes, like finding a band! Anyone know a good one in NYC?) is that I can't wear them until the big day, which unfortunately is post September Fashion Week 2012.

My pair cost $1,000, but you don't have to pay that much to score a similar set. I found five great options that cost less than half that, all available online. Click through the slideshow below to shop them now.