Shoes, shoes, shoes; they can be the perfect touch to your perfect bridal outfit, or end up seeming out of place and be the catalyst for making your dream day one of the most uncomfortable ones... but not to worry, here are a few great tips to guide you towards your dream pair for your special day.
Purchase your dress first
For the shoe obsessed ladies out there, it may seem like a good idea to buy that pair of Jimmy Choo or Giuseppe Zanotti that you have always wanted so you could parade them on your big day (and the many many days after your wedding). Although we recommend you to purchase a pair that you can wear again after the wedding, but never purchase the shoes before your dress...just don't jump the gun here - dress first, shoes second!
It is important to choose the right shade of shoes to complement your gown. The more popular option would be to match it with the same colour as your dress. However, choosing contrasting colours to match accessories or other adornments can also be just as elegant. Don’t be afraid to choose rich colours or going for black (it’s the current trend to match black shoes with light dresses). Metallic shoes are also a popular and trendy high fashion choice, and are perfect for adding a little sparkle to a minimalistic gown.
The higher the heel, the more forward your body weight will be and the more pressure that will be on the front of your feet (i.e. the more uncomfortable it will be). Try wearing shoes of different heel heights for long hours beforehand to make sure they won’t be bothering you on your dream day. Ladies, don't forget your man! You may also want to consider the height of your partner in making a judgement of the perfect heel size.
When it comes to the shape of the heel, you may have personal preferences over which look you prefer. Comfort wise, wedges and thicker heels will distribute your weight much more evenly compared to stilettos and offer better stability - think garden ceremonies, red carpet, uneven surfaces. If heel height is important, shop for heels with a high platform at the front, this can be much more comfortable as they increase the overall height of the shoes rather than just the heel preventing too much pressure being applied to the front.
Softer materials such as silk or satin (which are both easy to match to your dress) are usually more comfortable as they are less prone to digging into your skin (painful!). Be careful with more rigid materials such as plastic or vinyl (and sometimes even patent leather) as a bad fit can be unforgiving. Additionally, take some precaution when choosing shoes with lace or other embellishments which may get caught with your dress. If in doubt, standard leather shoes are always a very reliable choice.
The padding of the soles can greatly determine the comfort of your shoes. If you feel there isn't enough, try experimenting with inserts beforehand to see if it can help, though they may be hard to hide if you're wearing sandals.
Choosing the right pair of shoes may be just as hard as choosing the right dress; make sure that it’s not only beautiful but relatively comfortable as well, and represents who you are. As an added precaution, have back-ups; bring another pair or two just in case, or ones with lower heels for dancing. Also, don't forget about the venue of your wedding when choosing; stilettos may not be the best idea for beach weddings. You may also want to break into your shoes beforehand or walk around in them for a while to get used to them. Relax and enjoy choosing your perfect pair of shoes, good luck!