Bridal Club Magazine
Wedding Shoe FAQs
What fabric should I choose for my shoes?
Consider your wedding. Is it outdoors? Suede high heels might
not suit grass and wouldn't withstand an unexpected downpour. The
most common choices are satin and silk but all kinds of fabrics can
be used, especially for indoor weddings. Other interesting choices
of fabric could include lace, leather, corduroy, or even recycled
plastics if you're an eco-friendly bride. If you can envision
yourself looking back on your shoes with pride and contentment,
you'll know you're making the right choice
The fabric you choose for your shoe can also match your dress more
perfectly with a little DIY innovation. If your dress is being
handmade you can request a little of the material for your shoes,
whether that is feathers, felt or any other fabric. Take this to
your shoemaker - or do so yourself if you are confident enough -
and attach the fabric to a simply designed shoe, preferably on the
toe. This is an easy way to tie your outfit together.
Can I return my shoes if they're uncomfortable after
This depends on the shoe store. Some will and some will not; all
you can do is check with them before you hand over any money. If,
however, you've worn them out and about and rendered their
condition inappropriate for reselling, you can just about guarantee
that you won't be able to return the shoes.
Will my wedding location have any effect on my shoe
If it's indoor, you're free to wear any shoes that you can safely
and comfortably walk in. If you're outdoors your terrain will have
an effect. Flip flops are popular due to their practicality for
beach weddings, which are themselves becoming more popular, whilst
stilettos will not be ideal for grassy areas.
Do I buy my shoes or my dress first?
Your shoes are essential for fittings, but you can choose them
after you've picked the perfect dress. You need your shoes for
fittings so the tailor can ascertain the full length of your dress
and veil; the difference between casual flats and tall heels will
affect their work. Ideally, buy your shoes after the dress so they
match in tone and colour, then have adjustments made to your dress
Do I have to choose white shoes?
Not at all, even though they have been traditional to wear with
the white dress for the past century and a half. Nowadays, however,
we're seeing an increase in pops of colour in the bride's outfit-
not only in her accessories, including here shoes, but in bridal
dresses as well! It's probably worth mentioning here that the
bridal gown does not, contrary to popular belief, representing
virginity, but was an arbitrary colour worn by Queen Victoria on
her wedding day, which was then popularised by the masses of her
day, as imitating royal fashions has long been seen as trendy. The
most important factors in considering your bridal shoes are comfort
and style, not colour.
Do I have to wear high heels?
You should wear the type of show you are comfortable. If you've
worn high heels four times your whole life, don't try them two days
before your wedding. If you're a keen amateur you can practice
(carefully!) at home in the months before the wedding. However, if
you can't remember the last time you weren't in heels keep on with
them. Stick to what you know, and break your new shoes in by
wearing them around the house a week or two before the wedding.
What types of wedding shoe are available to
There is a much greater variety of bridal shoes than you may
suspect. A little research reveals that sandals, stilettos, high
heels and flats are all commonly worn. Really, thanks to modern
fashion you're free to choose any form of shoe you like. It will
look best if matches the colour theme of the wedding and dress, but
any style of shoe can be suitable. As long as you break them in
and/or have enough practice in the shoes before the wedding, you
can be sure to find a type of shoe you like. Check all your
favourite shoe shops as you don't have to look exclusively in
bridal shops for the perfect pair. Buy them months in advance of
the wedding to ensure you don't have buyer's remorse, and if you
require specialist shoes, you can contact a shoemaker or a
specialist shoe stores.
But I really love those heels. Comfort isn't that
important, it is?
I'm afraid that on your big day, comfort is just about
everything. Brides are on their feet much of the day, from as soon
as they step out of the car to enter the wedding hall until they
finally hop into the car for their honeymoon. Most dresses leave
most of the shoes hidden, meaning that your really can put comfort
above looks on this day. If, however, you're wearing a dress that
shows your shoes, we would absolutely advise that you find
comfortable ones- even if this means wearing your favourite
beauties for photos and the ceremony, and changing afterwards.
Don't sacrifice your feet or toes for beautiful shoes; it's not
worth spoiling your day as you wince and grimace through the pain.
Be comfortable and remember you will look just as beautiful
barefoot - and this is a tradition long held by wedding guests on
the dance floor!
What if my heel breaks, or my feet become
Unfortunately, prevention is the best cure - by this point it's
too late. Test run your shoes, and be sure to buy a pair that
aren't of low quality (generally quality is indicated by price).
Taking these steps should save your feet. However, take a spare
pair of portable flat shoes just in case, especially if you plan to
Is there a way that my shoes could reflect my cultural
If you haven't decided yet, your cultural heritage could be the
perfect theme for your wedding. The colours of the flag are a good
place to start, but each culture will have its own influence. For
instance, henna patterns that Indian brides are adorned with have
found their designs replicated by shoes, and not only for Indian
weddings. They are extremely fashionable right now and easy to find
If you are of a Scottish heritage your family's tartan could be
perfect for your dress, shoes and/ or decorations. Or you can be
more subtle - if you're a huge fan of The Wizard of Oz you may wish
to wear Dorothy's red shoes because you share an American heritage
with the author of the novel.
Can I customise or create my own shoes?
Shoemakers exist, and this is certainly one option if it works
with your budget. You can find them on the high street or you can
search online for companies and individuals who will make shoes to
your design. However, there are several ways to customise your own
bridal shoes to give your day, and your outfit, a personal touch.
Ideally you want your shoes to match your dress and overall colour
scheme for the wedding. You need a plain type of shoe to begin.
They can be of any colour or type - heels, flats, trainers or flip
flops, whatever you want in your bridal shoes. This will serve as
the base for your design.
Diamantes are a traditional choice for decorating, so why not
choose stars or circle shapes instead? Silk chiffron fabric can be
tied around the toe of heels to create a beautiful pleated effect,
ribbons can be utilised or a favourite brooch could be your
something old, new, borrowed or blue if you desired. Glitter and
beads are another way to go, whilst rhinestones and dyes can also
be added to enhance your look. If you're not sure of what design
you want, you can try sketching it out or finding a walkthrough
guide online to assist your creative efforts.
Where should I look for my ideal shoes - should I look
Online shopping is always handy, but you want to feel, see and
try your shoes on before purchasing. Looking online is a great way
to brainstorm styles, colours and fabrics, but you should first
browse shoes from a high street store or a small business, so you
can try on the shoes, ensure you've found the correct size, and get
a feel for the shoe's comfort level.
How do I choose my bridesmaids shoes? Should they be
there with me? What kind of input should they
The experience of buying shoes, just like buying a dress, can be
great fun. It's also a good idea to take your bridesmaids, not only
for a fun day out but so their shoes can be purchased too, either
by you or them. You should discuss this delicate issue with each of
them privately before going shopping to avoid any awkward
situations. Buying all of your shoes on the same day ensures that
they all match the colour scheme, and every bridesmaid is happy and
comfortable in their shoes.
What is The Shoe Game?
This is a wedding game that doesn't just rely on any shoes, but
it needs your shoes in particular! The newly married couple sit on
the floor with their backs together and swap a shoe with each
other. The DJ or a friend then asks questions over the microphone
where the answer will either be the bride or the groom, so couple
both answer each question by raising the appropriate shoe. It's a
good idea to plan some questions beforehand to really get the best
out of this game, for example 'Who hogs the bed?', 'Who loves
kissing in public?' and 'Who is the best at cooking?'. Fun,
light-hearted questions are ideal. This has no influence on your
wedding shoe decisions whatsoever, so if you're in the planning
process of your wedding this is just something to look forward