10 Things to Absolutely Remember When Choosing Your Wedding Shoes

Equally as important as choosing your perfect wedding dress is choosing the right shoes for that “just right” dress to complete your wedding attire.

You might remember that a casual dress is better with a lower heeled sandal, pump or ballet slipper. While a formal gown looks better with a higher heel pump or strappy sandal.

Here are 10 tips to help you choose your wedding shoes:

1. Choose your wedding dress before you think about the shoes you will wear with it. This will give you the best chance of getting the match you want and complementing the dress to its fullest.

2. If you are wearing an unusually colored dress then consider having your shoes dyed to match; this will ensure a complete look — oh, and you should have it done by a professional.

3. Remember that if your dress is long and you would really like to wear a comfortable shoe such as a flatter bridal shoe it won’t show too much, if at all, so go ahead and do it.

4. If your dress is a shorter length a more flamboyant and glamorous shoe is a good choice to look for. Also, an ankle strap shoe helps to make your legs look longer.

5. An outdoors wedding or beach wedding is usually more informal and seems to call for sandals or wedding flip flops. Any type of heel will likely sink into the sand or soft ground.

6. When the wedding is indoors be sure and check the flooring to see if it is at all slippery. If so, you should not pick a shoe with a glossy sole.

7. You should consider the height of the groom when choosing the heel size. If he would be sensitive to your standing very tall over him go with a flatter heel.

8. Experts in footwear suggest that the best time to try on and buy shoes is in the afternoon; the reason being that feet tend to swell during the day. So try on shoes when you foot is larger, otherwise they will feel tight and uncomfortable on your wedding day.

9. After you have chosen your wedding shoes wear them a bit around the house to break them in. They will feel more comfortable after a long wedding day and will help reduce the chance of getting blisters and having them rub you raw on the big day.

10. Lastly, if you think there is any chance that your bridal shoes will become uncomfortable during the day or evening choose a second pair that you can change into for the other part of the day.

All whites are not the same shade so, if you’re wearing white, be sure to take a swatch of your white when looking for your shoes.

While most bridal shoes are made from cloth (usually white satin or silk that can be dyed to match their gowns), there isn’t any rule that says brides have to wear cloth shoes.

You can also wear leather, as long as it fits with the look of your gown.

A reminder that when shopping for your dress wear, take along a pair of shoes that is the height you will be wearing at your wedding.

Then when final alterations are made on your dress, be sure it is done with the actual wedding shoes on.

Wedding shoes are so much a part of your wedding attire that you must take your time picking them and be sure to keep the above tips in mind. Most of all have fun looking for them and wearing them on your perfect wedding day.

Choosing Your Wedding Shoes

Choosing wedding shoes can be just as overwhelming as other aspects of the wedding planning process. Not sure what type of shoes to wear on your wedding day? Then it pays to think about the features you want before looking. Also, consider whether you will wear one pair at the ceremony (for effect) and another at the reception (for comfort) or one pair throughout the day. Here is an overview of the different features and options available:

General Styles

Like other shoes, you can choose from a variety of styles. Designers offer pumps, sling-backs, all heel heights, platforms, open-toes, closed-toes, sandals and other strappy designs. Chances are you can find your favorite style in a wedding shoe.

Heel Height

Heel heights range from flats to six or seven inch spike heels. Considerations when deciding what height shoes to wear include whether your wedding is outside or inside, how comfortable you are wearing high heels, how tall you want to appear relative to the groom during the ceremony, and if you are going to change shoes at the reception.

Flats. Outdoor weddings lend themselves to flat shoes because it is easier to walk flat-footed across sand or soft soil. As outdoor and destination weddings have become more popular, shoe companies are making a wider variety of flat bridal shoes. Flip-flops, thongs, ballerina shoes, and even open-backed slippers are all available.

Tennis Shoes. We have all seen video of barefoot brides kicking it up at the reception. If you’d prefer comfortable — but not bare — feet, there are options. One is the bridal tennis shoe. You can purchase a pair from one of a few online vendors, or make your own by gluing lace, crystals, or pearls to a white pair of sneakers. The above-mentioned flats are another option for dancing.

Low Heels. If you are wobbly in high heels but feel uncomfortable wearing flats, a low or wedge heel may be just right for you. You can find a selection of 1/2″ to 1 3/4″ heels in several styles.

Mid Heels. Mid-rise sandals and pumps with heel heights around 2″ – 2 3/4″ provide a bit more height than the lower heels. Mid heels are, in general, skinnier than their lower counterparts.

High Heels. Your options are numerous if you have the skill to walk in 3″+ heels. Many fashionable, higher heel styles are out there. If you need practice walking in high heels, we suggest buying your shoes several weeks before the wedding and wear them until you can walk up and down steps, spin, squat, and otherwise walk around for several hours in comfort. We also recommend a back-up pair of lower shoes for the reception.

Platform wedding shoes. If you like to shake things up a bit — or want to add several inches to your height — these chunky high heels may be for you. Platform heels tend to be 3″ or more, plus added lift from the platform. They can be harder to find than other bridal shoes, so you may want to order from an online specialty store. Search the Web for platform wedding shoes and you will find several options.

Shoe Color

White and ivory are traditionally the most popular colors for wedding shoes. There are options for the non-traditional bride as well. Bridal shoes are available in black, silver, gold, and even pink.

Dyeable Shoes. There are several brands of dyeable wedding shoes commonly available (Coloriffics, Dyeables, Colorful Creations, Nina Dyeables, and Touch Ups are some brands you will find). These white satin shoes can be worn as-is or dyed to match your gown. Experts recommend having an experienced shoe dyer color your shoes. While you can purchase dye and try it yourself, realize that the process can be more art than science. You could end up with a blotchy pair of shoes or a wrong color.

Clear Shoes. If you are the kind of bride who likes to show off her feet, consider a clear shoe. You can find several shoe styles with clear vinyl straps. Some have clear heels as well. Many are also decorated with Swarovski crystals or other decorative embellishments.


Wedding shoe decorations range from none (plain satin pumps) to extravagantly ornate. Crystal buckles or a Swarovski cluster can dress up an otherwise plain shoe. For a bolder look, shop for beading across the top of a high-heeled sandal, or roping accents. Even more noticeable are rhinestone starbursts or other flashy detailing splashed across the top of the foot. You are sure to find an adornment level to suit your style.