After a long and unsatisfying search for shoes to wear at my upcoming wedding, I finally found a gorgeous, unique, and reasonably priced pair on ebay. The ivory silk, floral embroidery and applique, and subtle pearl beading were unlike anything I had seen, and matched my dress beautifully. I later realized I underestimated the heel height I'd need. My shoes are 1 inch too short for my dress! (The dress cannot be hemmed nor taken up at the waist, because of its design.) Does anyone know if a shoe's structure can be changed so as to make the heel 1" higher?
I'll post pics here, though they are much prettier in person.
I appreciate all of your thoughts! And Emmesmom, thanks also for your compliments and well-wishes. Unfortunately, I can't hem the dress at the bottom, because of the detailing there (I'll attach a pic of the dress). The skirt can't be hiked up at the waist, either. I thought I had estimated correctly and got the right shoe heel size. But at my first dress fitting, I realized my heels needed to be 1" to 1.5" higher. The lift suggestion got me thinking -- I wonder if someone could change the structure from the inside of the shoe -- build up from the top of the sole? I have no idea where to take these shoes! If you need your clothes repaired, you go to one person, but if you want a dress or suit made for you, you go somewhere else…cobblers repair shoes, but who can make them, or at least change their structure??? It would be so sad to give up on these shoes, they match the dress so nicely...
Firstly.... your dress is absolutely stunning! The embroidery is beautiful... I just love it!
I would be looking for a good cobbler or a custom shoe maker (I found plenty in my city, most of them specialise in orthapedic shoes, which I guess is probably because nobody has custom shoes made anymore ) Have a chat to them and see what can be done.
I worked for a shoe store years ago, and I did learn a little about shoe construction, so here's my opinion on remaking the shoe... please don't take this as Gospel, as I was not a cobbler, only a shoe salesperson.
To add height to the shoe, you can put a thicker sole on both front and back... but to add an inch it would not look appropriate for a bridal shoe! To add an extra inch to the heel only, would mean that the shape of the shoe through the instep changes (i.e. the sharper slope on the shoe), so you're essentially going to need new everything from the midsole down. However because the design, there probably wouldn't need to be any changes to the upper. You might be able to find someone willing to use the upper portion of the shoe (i.e. the bit with the beading etc) to make you a new pair of shoes. It would imagine it would be expensive, but you'll probably end up with a fantastic (and comfortable) pair of shoes.
I hope this information helps you somewhat! Good luck with your special day!!
It would be very difficult to add an entire inch to that style shoe, though with a thicker bottom under the heel, you might be able to add 1/2 inch. I like the suggestion to use the decorative accents from the pair you purchased to decorate another pair.
I am also on the hunt for the perfect wedding shoe. I know what I want, but I can't find it. I am tempted to start my own business at this point!!