Huffpost Style
THE BLOG

Featuring fresh takes and real-time analysis from HuffPost's signature lineup of contributors

Christina Anderson Headshot

I Regret Selling My Wedding Shoes On eBay (PHOTOS)

Posted: Updated:
Print

I was working as a fashion assistant at Harper's Bazaar when I got engaged. My colleagues pooled their money and gave me the most wonderful gift a bride-to-be could ever want: a pair of white, peau de soie Manolo Blahnik slingback heels. My gown was purchased and in the hands of a talented tailor, the location and menu was set by my fastidious wedding planner (my mother) and, like Cinderella, I had the perfect shoes to complete the fairy tale that I was sure my wedding day would be.

Just as I hoped, the day was perfect. My toes did go numb as my father walked me down the aisle, but I like to think that was nerves rather than pure discomfort. My husband and I said our vows and then went on to dance the night away at our reception. I mingled with guests on the grassy lawn and I remember thinking, "Ooh, my silk heels are sinking into the grass. F---- it, it's my wedding!" At some point I tossed those precious pumps off so I could boogie down on the dance floor.

Weeks later, we returned from our honeymoon and life returned to normal. My husband and I both went back to work, regaled friends with stories of the wedding and our trip to Mexico and basically got on with the business of being married. At the time, I was in the habit of selling clothes and accessories on eBay to make some money (so I could buy more clothes and accessories that I would later sell on eBay). As I looked at my Manolo Blahniks, now sullied with a night's worth of partying, I shrugged my shoulders and thought, "Why not? I could use the extra cash." I listed them on eBay, and as with any big name accessories (Christian Louboutin, Chanel, Jimmy Choo -- any prominent designer goods get snatched up pretty fast), they were quickly purchased my a young woman in Australia. I packed them up and bid my wedding shoes adieu.

My husband and I are coming up on our ninth wedding anniversary and I feel a pang of regret at having sold my bridal shoes. While I may not have ever worn them again (I'm not really a slingbacks kinda gal), they were such a pretty reminder of one of the best days of my life. I did keep my wedding dress, but it's preserved and boxed up on a shelf in my house. So the next time I'll lay my eyes on the gown will be when my daughter (hopefully) wears it for her wedding. Who knows, maybe I would have dyed my shoes navy and worn them again. Or set them atop a pile of coffee table books to be admired like objets d'art. Whatever the case, I made a rash decision and got rid of something that I wish I hadn't. With that lesson learned I now keep all of my designer clothes and shoes, no matter how old. I figure someone will wear them again one day.

Close
I Regret Selling My Wedding Shoes On eBay
of
Share
Tweet
Advertisement
Share this
close
Current Slide

Want more? Be sure to check out HuffPost Style on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest and Instagram at @HuffPostStyle.