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If you own a pair of heels… and everyone should own at least one pair, you know that walking on soggy spring grass can completely ruin your shoes. I lost a pair of Nina Ricci’s last summer to a golf course in Maine… trust me. I know the pain of losing shoes.

But heels are heels. And everyone looks better in them. Taller, more confident and more beautiful. But if you’re having an outdoor ceremony or reception on grass… ladies all you’ll be doing is pulling yourself out of the ground while you aerate the lawn. 

Opt for flats or wedges instead. There are some cute options out there now too.

Rosette Sandal

Rosette Sandal $78- J.Crew

 DSW has this look for less from XOXO- Rosebud Satin Flower for $34.95 in Purple, Black, Silver and Gold. 

Joley peep-toe shoes  $128- J.Crew

Joley peep-toe shoes $128- J.Crew


Caribe Espadrilles- $88

Caribe Espadrilles- $88 J.Crew


Gillan Wedge- Lela Rose for Payless $38

Gillan Wedge- Lela Rose for Payless $38

McKim Wedge- Lilly Pulitzer $175

McKim Wedge- Lilly Pulitzer $175


If you can’t bear the idea of losing the heels, (I know. I can’t.) invest in Solemates. These little plastic heel coverings come in clear and black and fit perfectly on the bottom of most heels. You can buy them online or at select retail locations around the country (There’s a list on their website).

It’s also not a bad idea to have some on hand for guests too. Put pairs of the Solemates in clear plastic earring bags with ribbons for guests to fit before they hit the grass. They’re reusable and cheaper than buying a new pair of shoes!


Solemates: High Heelers

Solemates: High Heelers

You can always switch from flats and wedges to heels for the reception or vice versa. Odds are, if the party is that good… the shoes are going to come off anyway. 🙂

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