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Shoes Shoes Shoes!!!

March 24th, 2010  |  Published in Featured, Style  |  3 Comments


Every season I believe I am going to stumble upon the best pair of shoes for shooting weddings.

Able to cushion my feet for up to 10+ hours of: shooting, crouching, running, squatting, jumping, climbing, you name it.

As well as, dare I ask, I want them to look cute!

And every season I seem to stamp a big FAIL onto my sore tootsies (and


I’ve tried the Dansko route, which I know many many praise. I used the Dansko clogs for one season. Unfortunately, they caused my feet to go numb, as well as make the fashion diva that dwells inside puke a bit.

(okay okay, the colorful mary janes I will admit are cute. I’m just a bit shy what with the whole toes going numb situation)

I’ve tried cheap yet super cute flats from Old Navy. Stick a gel insert in there and I almost found a great solution that made the frugalista in me jump for joy.

Alas, the quality of the shoes tends towards creating blisters and other such aching nonsense. So while a great solution while shooting engagement sessions, portraits and shorter weddings; for the long haul = not so great.


Every year this question seems to pop up on some forum or other. So I decided to send the question out into the intrawebs and see what suggestions others had.

[Warning: this post will lean more towards the female side. However, fells, feel free to chime in under the comment section]

Michelle Carpenter of Main Event Weddings says she swears by her MBT’s. I will admit they do have a very funktastic vibe to them, and she says since starting to wear them, she’s lost 10 pounds!!

Fashion friendly shooting shoes + weight loss = heck yea!!

Kristin Cioffi of Picture Everything has only lovely things to say about her Merrells They are quite well known to be a fabulous shoe, especially for the outdoorsy flavored humans. And tho I saw a couple of styles wink at me, most just won’t cut it when it comes to the cute factor I’m trying to find.

I’ve heard others talk of the Cole Haan with Nike technology, Mootsie Tootsies, and Rockport.

Checking the current collection of Cole Haan Air, I can see why many would sway that way. They are quite stylish, and if the comfort factor is in effect, seems like a great choice for many.

However, while I am a big fan of heels, and have in fact shot successfully in them, there will be times when that sort of shoe just won’t cute it (like racing backwards across a lawn right after the couple walks happily wed down the aisle).


So I again pose the question: have you found the perfect shoe? Who are they buy? What do they look like? Share a link, share your story.

And tell me, why can’t I shoot barefoot??

Stacey D

About Stacey Doyle

Stacey Doyle has written 20 post in this blog.

Stacey is a New England Photojournalist, documenting the story of you.



  1. studiosmc says:

    March 27th, 2010 at 12:08 pm (#)

    My new favorite shooting shoes are here:


    Black sequin Jack Purcell sneakers.

  2. PhotosbyJeni says:

    April 7th, 2010 at 7:20 pm (#)

    I found the cutest pair of Skechers last year that had eyelet material on them. I still wear them, but they did stretch a little.

    This year I bought another pair of Skechers. They have a strap, so I shouldn’t have the stretching problem.

    This is the closest to the ones I purchased: http://www.skechers.com/shoes-and-clothing/styles/gifts/gifts_for_women/women_s_casual_favorites_shop/product/jubilee_-_abbey/gun/

    I love the black sequin idea!!

  3. ShootStyle says:

    April 22nd, 2010 at 2:14 pm (#)

    I love flats, but love it better when I end up barefoot in the ocean. ;)


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