Your wedding plans seem to be panning out well and everything seems to be falling in place. There is still one thing that is nagging you and as much as you try to convince yourself that it is a minor issue, you really can’t get it off your mind. Getting the perfect pair of wedding shoes is just as important as getting the perfect dress.
Wedding shoes should be comfortable, easy to walk and dance in, complement your dress and also speak your personality. There are such a wide variety of shapes, sizes, styles and colors and finding the pair that will work perfectly with the dress you’ve chosen, can seem like such a difficult decision. So, how do you go about getting the perfect wedding shoes?
1. Choose your wedding shoes before the dress
It is important that brides choose the dress first so that they can pick their wedding shoes accordingly. Remember, the dress will dictate the mood, color and heel height of your wedding shoes.
- Have Several Options
You can find several options at once, and try doing a fitting of all of them to get a feel of each.
- Comfortability is KEY
Remember, you will be wearing your shoes from early in the morning until the last thing at night.
Proper wedding shoes are specially designed with comfort in mind and have additional padding exactly for this purpose. Don’t make the mistake of buying cheap shoes that lack this padding and the extra support that makes wearing them not just tolerable, but comfortable, on your big day.
- Don’t overlook cost
It is highly advisable to buy a new pair. If the cost seems too high, try and get a sale as a way of saving on cash. As long as the shoe is fairly comfortable, and gives enough support while completing the total wedding day look, any amount will be worth it.
- Consider color
Not only should your shoes be a great match for your dress, and do the setting, location and style of your wedding – but it’s very important that they reflect your personality.
There’s no harm in brides straying from the traditional white or ivory wedding shoes – just make sure that the color will complement your dress!
If you’re a funky bride, you might want to have your shoes dyed brightly to match the color of the bridesmaid dresses. If you have a flair and passion for design, you might want to embellish your shoes with diamonds. On the other hand, a more traditional bride may want to ensure that they are the exact color of the dress.
- Consider the Venue and the Season
It’s just always worth considering the setting for your wedding before buying your shoes.
Do not attempt to wear heels of any kind on the sand for a beach ceremony. They will sink in, and you will lurch your way down the aisle.
Also consider the season that you’ll be getting married in.
Heels on a lawn can be almost as tricky, especially if it has rained recently. Not only will you be uncomfortable, you’ll destroy those beautiful shoes.
Open sling backs are better if you are getting married in a hotter climate and peep toes are good all year round.
- Sexy heels or versatile flats?
Kindly stick with what you are used to and comfortable with on your wedding day. So, if you normally wear 4 inch heels and you choose this heel height for your wedding shoes, then you know that you’ll be comfortable.
Ultimately, if you’re not used to wearing sky high heels, then DON’T!
It’s also important to consider the length of your wedding dress – you don’t want any tripping disasters if you have a long train!
8. Customization is also an option!
Can’t find a pair of shoes that you like? Why not customize an existing pair instead! There are people and shops that specialize in doing exactly that. They can transform them into something incredible and unique by hand painting and getting a personalized design onto the shoes.
- Break Them In
Dancers have a motto, “You break your shoes in, never let your shoe break your feet in.” Stretch your shoes to insure that a nasty blister doesn’t pop up 10 minutes into the ceremony.
Wearing the shoes in beforehand means that you can decide fully if they’ll be right for you and if you need to make any adjustments, such as a different size or adding extra padding and shoe inserts.
Wear your shoes a few times so that they mold to your foot shape. Ensure your shoes come with extra padding for comfort and a protective plastic film on the sole, so it will not get marked or damaged. This can then be removed on your special day.
10. Finally, don’t forget your actual feet…
Don’t forget to treat your feet – you’ll want to feel your best from head to toe on your big day! After all, a stunning pair of wedding shoes would be nothing without a soft, pampered pair of feet! Have a pedicure before your wedding day so that your feet are soft and nails in great condition.
Some experts recommend that all brides have two pairs of shoes — one formal pair for the ceremony, pictures, arrival at the reception, then another comfortable and more casual pair for the rest of the night.
Be sure to pick a shoe that complements your dress and your own style and that make you feel amazing! After all, you’ll be seeing them in pictures and maybe even video for the rest of your life.
Wedding shoes don’t have to be boring – combine classic style with fashionable detailing and you’ll love them for years!
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