You’ve found the perfect wedding dress, decided how you’ll wear your hair, sorted your wedding accessories and had a dream make-up trial.
But as every woman who grew up reading about Cinderella will know, her outfit wasn’t complete without her glass slipper!
Here are five essential tips to choosing the perfect wedding shoes.
Choose the right fabric
Raw silk, crepe or satin shoes are popoular choices for many brides as they match the fabrics of most bridal gowns. However, diverting from the norm and selecting a different fabric from the dress can add a unique touch to your overall ensemble.
Choose a complementary colour
You can go the traditional route and choose a colour that perfectly matches your wedding dress. Many brides achieve this by dyeing their shoes to make sure the colours are accurate.
If the idea of dyeing your Manolos though is a step too far, opt for a shade that mataches your assessories instead of your dress such as silver or gold.
And don’t be afraid of embellishments such as pearls, beads and small tasteful rhinestones.
Choose a comfortable shoe
From the moment you walk down the aisle chances are you will be on your feet all day.
Throw in some dancing and you’ll be wishing you opted for comfort the moment you feel that blister coming on.
Opt for a heel that you feel comfortable in, rather than those sky-high stilettos that may look gorgeous in the store but you’ll want to throw off by the time you’re walking out of the ceremony.
Choose to have a breaking in session
In order to ensure your chosen heels feel as comfortable as possible on the big day, don’t just try them on in the store and hope for the best.
Spend some time walking around on different surfaces, such as carpet, hardwood floors and tile, to see if your shoes are slippery. Try walking up and down a flight of stairs to see if your feet slip out or if they rub uncomfortably.
Choose a shoe that matches your wedding style
As with your wedding gown, be sure to take into account the formality of your wedding, as well as the season you are getting married in.
A satin, open-toe heel for example, would work well with an off-the-shoulder satin gown during the summer. While a plain silk closed toe shoe would complement a traditional silk, full-skirted gown during the colder months.
Other things to remember:
- Don’t be afraid of colour. A pop of blue underneath the long train of your dress will add personality to your bridal look.
- Consider your grooms height. You don’t want to be towering over your new hubby in your wedding photos because you simply couldn’t live without the eight-inch heels!
- If you’re having a less formal beach or garden wedding don’t be afraid to opt for flats.