How to choose the perfect shoe for your wedding
Buying the right bridal shoe that will elevate the bridal look is high on the big wedding list. For some brides, we'd say it's the ultimate fashion quest, which may even rival that of the wedding dress!
December 13, 2022
In any case, whatever your priorities, wedding shoes have an important role to play. Yes, you definitely have to like them, but you also have to want to wear them - for hours and hours, maybe even 10 hours in a row (think about it for a moment)! So how do you decide which type of shoe is right for you?
Find your wedding dress first
Even if you've stumbled upon your dream wedding shoes, hold on and don't buy them if you haven't found your wedding dress yet. (If you have fallen in love with them of course you can buy them "just to lie")! You definitely want your wedding shoes to complement and match your wedding dress in every aspect - from the style, the color but down to the last detail. If you choose a short or slit wedding dress the shoes can be a statement - you can add colour, sparkle, glam, show off your modern elegance or quirkiness. If on the other hand your wedding dress is long the shoes won't look special.
Start the research
Sure, buying the wedding dress is the top priority, but that doesn't mean you can't start researching the different styles of wedding shoes at the same time, and the internet is a good place to start. After all, many stores have a wider selection online than in-store, so by browsing online you gain access to a wider range of shoes, which helps you figure out which details you like and which you don't. Once you have narrowed down your search it will be much easier to actually start buying shoes for your wedding, once you have found the wedding dress.
Don't buy them before you try them on
Although searching online is the best way to explore different styles and get a feel for what you like and don't like, it's best to avoid buying shoes online. Think of it as a pair that you will be wearing for many many hours, so it is essential to try them on first, see how comfortable they are and how you can walk on them. Of course, if the return policy is consumer-friendly, you have nothing to lose by ordering a few pairs and returning the ones that don't fit.
Don't be afraid of the colour
Many brides wonder whether they should choose white or colored shoes for their wedding. This decision, like any other fashion choice for the big day, depends on the personality of each bride. If you are a classic and traditional bride you will most likely be drawn to white, champagne, ivory and nude tones.
If you want to give a glam touch to your bridal look you can choose metallic shoes (gold or silver) or with sparkling details that will surely be the focus of attention when they appear. Again, if colour intrigues you don't be afraid of it.
When buying bridal shoes you need to consider the location of your wedding, especially if it's outdoors, beach or grass. The location of the wedding will mainly affect the height of the heel you need to wear. Unfortunately, trying to look airy and all graceful while walking in the sand is much harder than walking down the aisle of the church!
We always emphasize style, but if your legs are suffering to enjoy your day you have to take them off... what's the point of having them? First of all you need to consider the height and also the thickness of the heel, the taller and thinner it is the more pressure on the front of the foot. A shoe with a medium heel will offer both comfort and elegance while still being able to dance all night long! Also, make sure the bridal shoes have soft soles or special soles that don't tire the feet too much.
No matter how comfortable your shoes are, the best advice we can give you is to buy a second pair just in case. That way even if something goes wrong or you get too tired you can switch to something even more comfortable. It will be best to choose a second pair in the same height so that it matches the length of the wedding dress, but if you can't... no problem choose a lower heel or wedges or even flats.
Don't leave it to the last minute
Although it's best to find your wedding dress first before buying your wedding shoes, it's best to start your research in parallel. Not only because it will be easier to match the shoes with your wedding dress but mainly because you will need to have them with you at your wedding dress rehearsals. It is essential before any alterations and changes to your wedding dress are started that the dressmaker or tailor knows the exact height of your wedding shoes. This will perfectly match the length of the wedding dress with your shoes for a perfect look on your wedding day!