When it comes to your wedding day, shoes can make a huge difference to both your outfit and your mood. They can either complete your outfit, be comfortable to wear and look amazing or they can wreak havoc causing blisters and distress!
Good advice would be to not rush the process of buying wedding shoes – don’t leave it until the last minute! Brides often spend months (and in some cases years) selecting the perfect wedding dress. Neglecting the shoe department and rushing is a big no-no.
When buying wedding shoes you should consider the following:-
High heels or flats?
What are you used to wearing on an everyday basis? If you have never worn a pair of high heels (over 3 inches) in your life, then getting a pair of extremely high heels is a bad idea. It’s likely that you will wobble all over the place, get achy feet and will want to take them off within a couple of hours! If however, you are used to wearing high heels, go for it – a pair of killer heels will look stunning and sexy on your wedding day.
Flats in the form of ballet pumps, flip flops and sandals are a great idea in terms of comfort. Flat sandals are an excellent choice for an outdoor or beach wedding. You don’t have to worry about your heels digging in the ground.
Perhaps the most popular heel height for wedding shoes is something mid height like a pair of kitten heels. They offer a little more height and comfort and because they are between 2 to 3 inches, they should offer great stability.
Again, you should probably go for a style that you are used to wearing. Bridal shoes come lots of different styles including sling backs, court shoes, open toe, closed toe, sandals and many more. Make sure you try on the style of shoe before you buy. It’s not uncommon for women to have problems open toe shoes rubbing on their toes – something you really don’t want on your wedding day!
Wedding shoes come with all sorts of embellishments. Crystals, bows and pearls are often used to add a bit of glamour. These adornments can either be a subtle finish to the shoe, like a buckle with diamante surround or they can be the main feature of them – a high heeled shoe completely covered in glistening Swarovski crystals.
Years ago brides would have only considered wearing traditional ivory or white wedding shoes. Nowadays some brides are choosing brighter colours to contrast their wedding dress. Wedding shoes are now available in all colours of the rainbow.
Have you found the perfect pair of shoes in white or ivory, but actually wanted them in a brighter colour? This is where dyeable shoes come in. If the shoe is dyeable you can get them matched to your gown or a colour swatch by experts.
There are other factors that can influence how comfortable your shoes are (heel height aside) – soft leather lining, padding etc. Look for shoes with these attributes and your feet should feel better. One mistake women make is not wearing their shoes in. Don’t wear your shoes for the first time on your wedding day. You will regret it!
Try wearing them in whilst doing a bit of hovering or walking round the house! This way you get to make the material a bit more flexible and shape to your foot whilst not worrying about getting them dirty. Scholl also do a good range of foot comfort products like invisible plasters, gel cushions and sling back strips which might be useful as a preventative for discomfort.
Budget obviously plays a part in what wedding shoes you choose. Whether you are after cheap wedding shoes or more expensive designer ones, there is a lot of choice out there. Remember, sales are a great way of finding the perfect wedding shoe, as they may have been outside your budget before the discount is applied.