Secret sole messages
Dec 30th, 2011
A recent trend in wedding personalization is the phenomenon of adding text to the soles of your shoes. Seen sporadically originally, it seemingly has caught fire and its widespread popularity is evident with the number of search results it garners on wedding websites. It is the process of putting a phrase on the soles of your shoes usually using rhinestones or permanent marker. Then, when you either kneel down or otherwise lift up your foot, everyone can read what secret message you have written.
Despite its burgeoning popularity, we are not too keen on this trend, especially the direction its taken. There are many other ways to honor important aspects of your life. We feel this has gotten a bit “cheesy” and when it distracts the guests from the beauty of the overall ensemble, it is borderline tacky as well unfortunately.
Some have turned it into a walking guest book.
Photo Source: The Knot
Photo Source: Pinterest
For the guys, some have joked and put “HELP ME” on their shoes, and while they might find it as something to chuckle at, the expression of horror on the bride’s mother’s face almost always tells the story.
Photo Source: It’s My Sister’s Wedding
Simple words or phrases have changed into unreadable paragraphs… that even the bridesmaids wear.
Photo Source: Crossed Keys Inn
Finally, we have the brides with the ever popular “I do” inscribed, usually in rhinestones, on their soles. This is extremely distracting during the ceremony. Also, we’ve seen multiple examples of reversed lettering or rhinestones falling off that make the effort useless.
Photo Source: Etsy
This trend of text on the sole of the wedding party’s shoes is overwhelming and distracting, especially during the ceremony. If there is something special you want to honor or say, there are more elegant and sleek ways to do so.
Overall, we’re not completely sold on this idea, especially with it being used increasingly more frequently. The things being written are becoming overdone and do not always seem meaningful enough to go through the effort.
What do you think about text on your shoes? Is it tacky or heartfelt? Let us know where you stand!