Bridal Club Magazine
Your wedding shoes
Your dress and shoes: a match made in
Above all, your wedding shoes should complement your wedding
dress. This doesn't mean that they have to match exactly. In fact,
despite white and ivory shades still being the most popular
choices, some of the most gorgeous wedding shoes come in vibrant or
metallic shades that are a feature in themselves. Whichever colour
or style you go for, you should set out to do some serious shoe
shopping as soon as you know the style and fabric of your
Matching shoes to your dress fabric. Ideally
you should bring a swatch from your dress when you go shoe-shopping
so you can match the colour properly. Or buy wedding shoes that are
designed to be professionally dyed. Have this done as early as
possible to avoid disappointment.
Bring your shoes to dress fittings. If you are
having your dress made from scratch or fitted by a dressmaker you
should bring your shoes to every fitting so your hemline will end
up the right length!
If your wedding dress is tea-length or shorter…
Remember that the shorter your wedding dress, the more your wedding
shoes will be on display. Features such as ankle straps can make
shoes more comfortable but, when teamed with a shorter dress, can
tend to make legs look shorter too.
Team simple wedding shoes with an elaborate wedding
dress… or vice versa. This is a good rule of thumb if
you're not sure where to start.
Is your aisle carpeted or hard-floor? One time in
your life you want to look composed is walking down the aisle, and
this can be tricky if your wedding shoes seem incompatible with the
floor surface! If it's a hard floor, use sandpaper to scuff the
soles in advance. Alternatively, you could walk around outside to
get a similar effect, or add self-adhesive sole pads for added
Wedding shoes for outdoor brides. If you're
lucky enough to be having a beach wedding or another type of
outdoor wedding ceremony or reception, remember that slim heels
tend to sink into soft ground like sand or grass, and should be
avoided unless you're happy being stuck to the spot and dirtying
your shoes in the process. Consider flat wedding shoes instead, or
opt for a broader heel or a wedge style if you've set your heart on
Break in your wedding shoes. To avoid
discomfort on the big day you should break your wedding shoes in
over time. Starting a few weeks before the wedding, try wearing the
shoes around the house for a few minutes at a time, gradually
building up to wearing them for several hours.
Get a spare pair of comfortable wedding shoes.
Many brides buy a second pair of more comfortable wedding shoes to
change into later in the day. This is a great idea for those who
plan to let their hair down, but if your dress is long you should
ensure that your comfortable wedding shoes have a similar-height
heel to your first pair. Otherwise you risk your wedding dress
getting dragged along the floor and trampled on.
Buy your wedding shoes in the afternoon. Feet
tend to swell as the day wears on. For the best fit and comfort,
avoid shoe-shopping in the morning; otherwise your wedding shoes
could feel tight by mid-afternoon.
Have plasters to hand. Include them in your
wedding-day emergency kit in case your feet get sore.
Consider your groom's height. Some tall brides
prefer not to look taller than their groom on the big day. If this
applies to you, you're likely to choose low-heeled wedding shoes.
But did you know that it's also possible for the groom to get
slightly built-up shoes? Before you shudder in horror, fear not -
many of today's styles are very subtle and won't look obviously