Every Cinderella needs her glass slippers, right? While planning your wedding, you may well feel like you are living in a fairy tale, and all you need is the perfect shoes to really make you feel like a princess, if only for a day. These are some great tips on how to find the perfect shoes for your wedding.
Your wedding shoes have a very big job to do. They need to look great, feel great, match your gown, and be suitable for your wedding location. That is a lot to ask from one pair of shoes, which is why finding the right shoes for a bride can be a pretty big challenge at times. If you know what to look for in footwear, however, it can make shopping for your shoes much more manageable.
Of course your bridal shoes need to look fabulous, but above all, they must be very comfortable. Imagine how miserable you would be if the pain of tight footwear made it hard to dance at your own wedding reception? Definitely not worth it, even for a pair of Manolo Blahniks found at a clearance sale! That is not to say that you should wear a pair of white Crocs for your wedding (in fact, please don’t!); there are shoes that look good and feel good.
Start with a low heel. Even if you love stilettos, you know in your heart that they are not as comfortable as a lower heel height. Remember that your gown will come down to your feet anyway, so it is not like you are giving up the long, sexy legline created by towering heels. Wider heels are also more wearable than spike heels, and a must for any outdoor wedding. If you do not care for the style of shorter or thicker heels for your outdoor ceremony, consider a very chic strappy flat sandal instead. Choose one in a metallic or one which is embellished with crystals (so fabulous with crystal bridal jewelry!) and it will be every bit as gorgeous as a stiletto and much more practical.
Something that many women do not take into account when shopping for bridal shoes is how to get the right fit. On your wedding day, you will be on your feet all day, and feet inevitably swell under those conditions, especially on a warm afternoon. Never buy wedding shoes which are snug. Your best bet is to purchase footwear which is a tiny bit large and wear a pad to keep your feet from slipping. By the end of the evening, you can remove the pad for extra room, and keep dancing all night in supreme comfort and style. Shoes made from natural materials like leather and silk will also breathe better than those made from faux leather or polyester fabric, so always check the label. What bride wants sweaty smelly feet?
The style of your wedding shoes should complement that of your bridal gown. A formal gown calls for classic footwear, whereas a more casual dress can offer more opportunity for offbeat shoes. Your bridal shoes will be even more special if they complement the details on your gown or wedding accessories. If you are wearing dazzling crystal bridal jewelry, look for shoes with sparkly accents. A bride wearing a beachy halter gown can choose a dressy thong sandal to play up the style of her dress. When it all comes together, the shoe will fit you perfectly, just like Cinderella gliding into her glass slipper. [via]