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Some days here on Broke-Ass Bride, a #GownHunter becomes a Shoe Hunter…and lemme tell ya, it’s a blast! Reader Rachel is on the lookout for a pair of couture-inspired bow flats that aren’t available in her size. Here’s her request: 

Hi! I was hoping you could help me track down a pair of shoes similar to these: They are bow flats by Aminah Abdul Jillil. Price is actually not the issue here. I will pay up to $200 for the right shoe (but the cheaper the better, of course!). Unfortunately, the pink pair is not available in my size, and she neverrrrr restocks them. I have been checking for months to no avail. I’d like to find some other options just in case. I’d prefer pink, but I would also go with an aqua/turquoise color as well. I am looking for flats or wedges, since it’s an outdoor wedding and I will be walking in grass pretty much all day/night. I would really appreciate your help, and I thank you in advance.

Can't Afford It

Aminah Abdul Jillil Bow Flats

Aminah Abdul Jillil Bow Flat, $198

Get Over It

Coach Justine

Coach Justine, $98 at

All Signs Point to Yes Flat

All Signs Point to Yes Flat, $35 at ModCloth
Sweet the Board Flat in Peach

Sweet the Board Flat in Peach, $50 at ModCloth

Take a Stride With Me Wedge in Flamingo

Take a Stride With Me Wedge in Flamingo, $40 at ModCloth

Pink Custom Handmade Leather Ballet Flats by TheDrifterLeather

Pink Custom Handmade Leather Ballet Flats, $105 by Etsy seller TheDrifterLeather

Veka Suede Espadrille Sandals at Ann Taylor

Veka Suede Espadrille Sandals, $100 at Ann Taylor

Botanical Occasion Flat

Botanical Occasion Flat, $36 at ModCloth

Handmade Pink Booties by YGMoriginaldesign

Handmade Pink Booties, $75 by Etsy seller YGMoriginaldesign

Blush Ballerina Flats with Satin Ribbons by thewhiteribbon

Blush Ballerina Flats with Satin Ribbons, $98 by Etsy seller thewhiteribbon

LAUREN Ralph Lauren Claudie

LAUREN Ralph Lauren Claudie, $79 at Zappos

Melissa Shoes Ballet

Melissa Shoes Ballet, $55 at

Handmade French Guipure Lace and Satin Wedding Shoes by bosphorusshop

Handmade French Guipure Lace and Satin Wedding Shoes, $199 by Etsy seller bosphorusshop

Revolve Jeffery Campbell Atsuko Flat

Jeffery Campbell Atsuko Flat, $100 at Revolve

Bloomingdales Mark Fisher Pointed Toe Silva Flat

Marc Fisher Ltd. Silva Pointed Toe Flat, $77.34 at Bloomingdale’s

Bow Peep Toe Leather Sandals by YGMoriginaldesign

Bow Peep Toe Leather Sandals, $75 by Etsy seller YGMoriginaldesign

(In black, but seller accepts custom orders — ask about different colors!)

Cally Suede Espadrille Wedges at Ann Taylor

Cally Suede Espadrille Wedges, $128 at Ann Taylor

(Also in blue!)

Steve Madden Errin

Steve Madden Errin, $65 at


X For Love & Lemons Paloma Flat, $198 at Revolve

Skip It Skip It Good Flat in Teal

Skip It, Skip It Good Flat in Teal, $35 at ModCloth

Thanks for the fun hunt, Rachel! What do you think of these backup options? Let me know in the comments below! 

Got a gown that you just can’t get off your mind? We’re happy to help you get over it! Just tell us in the comments below! Please remember to include the budget you’re working with so we can find you the best alternative for you. Please be aware, though, that because you guys love this column so much, we can often build up quite the queue and it may be a while before we can get to your dream dress. Rest assured, though, Team Broke-Ass is on the case!

*As always, please do your own research before buying a gown online. Team Broke-Ass is here to provide you with inspiration and resources, but it is up to the consumer to know what they’re purchasing.
  • 6/28

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewA few months ago, we had received some invitation samples from Minted and fell in love with their Delicate Dots design. I loved the extra elegance foil adds, and since we have a relatively short guest list, we decided to splurge on the invitations a little.

    We were finally able to get our order in this past weekend, and I can’t wait to receive them! My plan is to get burgundy paper or ribbon to use as bands, wrap some of the same jute string around them as I used for our Save the Dates, then use a wax seal to hold the string in place. We’ll see how DIY I’m feeling, given my overly ambitious Save the Date fiasco. They turned out great, I just spent way more time and effort on them than I had intended.


    What’s perfect about this design is the kraft paper pulls in some rustic elements, the gold and lowercase type font feels a little vintage, and the modern calligraphy and gold brings out the industrial elements. I don’t think that you could say our wedding is rustic, or vintage, or industrial — it’s very much a mix of our favorite elements of each. These are a perfect indication of what guests can expect at our wedding, and I love that!

    Do you feel like your invitations were a good representation of what guests can expect from your wedding?

  • 6/27

    Real bride heather_post

    Since my wedding is a year away, I have not actively started the DIYing that I plan to do. I have also experienced my fair share of being totally non-committal in choosing our wedding venue. While on vacation, we found one, and it is gorgeous. It's n an island in Georgia, overlooking my favorite thing on Earth: the ocean. The ceremony will take place under a…

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    Oleg Cassini Cap Sleeve Illusion Wedding Dress from David's Bridal

    As a special treat this month, we’re partnering with David’s Bridal to bring you four special edition Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! posts (catch the first three here, here and here), featuring their very own gorgeous styles. David’s Bridal, a name synonymous with affordable wedding gowns in a huge variety of styles, has been dressing women for all types of special occasions for over 60 years —…

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    Monique Lhuillier L'Amour

    We've got lots of CAI/GOI requests in our queue these days thanks to you, our lovely readers! We're pretty excited about that, but keep in mind, your requests may take a bit of time to get to as we add them to our calendar. Nevertheless, keep those requests coming! We are here to help. Reader Jennifer is getting married at the end of summer and…

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  • 6/23

    alternative guest book

    “Is that too weird?” Every time I hear the question I just want to reach over, squeeze the person’s hand and smile. In a word, nope. Listen closely here, friends: Weddings are all about celebrating who you are as a couple and we all have little things about our relationship that are weird. Some couples hurl insults at each other that just turn out to…

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    Disclaimer: A very easy way to save money = skip save the dates. I know this. Social media makes it super easy to spread the word of your wedding date and location, and wedding websites are an amazing way to keep people informed. As a Broke-Ass, I was obviously looking for ways to cut costs, so we did consider forgoing a save the date. But because we…

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    AdnilCreations Mr & Mrs Wall Decal

    Wall decals available from Etsy seller AdnilCreations It's been seven months since I got married. I think it's time (or maybe time again) I take a moment to step away from the discussion of my perfect and beautiful wedding day and instead talk about what really brings us together today: Mawwiage (or Marriage if you aren't playing a medieval priest during the '80s). Obviously seven months…

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  • 6/20

    Catering Your Own Wedding Do It on the Cheap with Sam's Club

    Original photo: Shaina Sheaff Photography So you've decided to tackle the wedding food on your own (or a very gracious friend with mad skillz has stepped up to the plate). Go you! It's a great way to save some money and add a very personalized touch ... but it can be a helluva task. Timing, preparation, serving and not to mention cost ... the biggest cost,…

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