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If you’re a fan of shoes, then chances are you’ve already had an idea of the footwear that you’d like to wear on your wedding day from even before you got engaged or met your other half. When you’re getting married, the shoes that you wear aren’t just a fashion statement that must match your dress and wedding theme, they also need to be comfortable and practical when you are on your feet all day. We’ve put together some top tips to help you choose the best wedding shoes.
Stay in Your Comfort Zone
When you’re choosing wedding shoes, it’s not the time to start trying out a type or style of shoe that you wouldn’t normally choose. If you’re more of a flats kind of girl, then don’t feel pressured into buying towering stilettos for your wedding day, just because they’re trending. It’s important to stick to a size and shape of heel that you’re comfortable with, as the last thing that you need is sore feet ruining your big day. Start there, and you’re sure to find plenty of styles, colors, and embellishments that you like and that suit your chosen bridal look.
Have Your Dress in Mind
Even if you haven’t chosen your dream wedding dress, there’s no need to put off looking for shoes. If you have an idea of the kind of dress that you’d like, it’s a good idea to find some pictures – Pinterest is a great place to look – and print them off to take shoe shopping with you. This will help you get a clearer idea of how you can expect your shoes and dress to look together, and if you have several different dress ideas in mind, it makes it easier for you to pick a style of shoe that works well with all of them.
Consider Getting Heels and Flats
There’s no hard and fast rule that says you need to wear high heels for the entirety of your wedding day. In fact, there’s an increasing trend of brides who are wearing heels for the ceremony then changing into flats for the reception – after all, they’re much easier to party in! Or if you simply don’t like wearing heels at all, choose a pair of flat shoes that work well with your chosen look. There’s nothing at all wrong with getting married in ballet shoes or sneakers if that’s your style!
Personalize Your Choice
Don’t be afraid to make some tweaks and changes to personalize your shoes to fit your needs and taste if you want to. In fact, there’s a growing demand for wedding shoe customization, whether it’s altering a heel height, changing the colors and details or adding personal messages, initials, dates and more. Bespoke, unique shoes really can make all the difference to your bridal footwear and make them even more special. Just bear in mind that for a personalized option, you’ll usually need to wait around 6-10 weeks depending on the changes that you want.
Add a Pop of Color
White, cream or ivory shoes are a traditional choice for a bride, but there’s nothing wrong with adding a pop of color with your footwear. You may want to check out the shoes on SSENSE – there’s a great range of strappy Gucci shoes in reds, greens, blues and gold that will contrast wonderfully with a wedding dress. Shoes that match your color scheme can be a great idea, and ‘barely there’, strappy heeled sandals add just the right amount of color to your outfit without overdoing it.
Consider Versatile Shoes
Many brides will spend a considerable amount of money on a pair of shoes for their wedding, only to never wear them again. But recently, more and more brides and grooms are beginning to see this idea as something of a waste. Just like more grooms are purchasing wedding suits that they can wear again in the future for special occasions or even to work, brides are looking for shoes that they can add to their wardrobe after the big day and pair with a different outfit. So, if you want to get the most for your money, opt for a pair of shoes that will look amazing with your wedding dress but could easily become a go-to option for completing further outfits in the future. Nude heels are a great idea since they’re simple, classy, and go with just about anything.
Break Them in First
Last but not least, once you’ve finally found the perfect pair of shoes to walk down the aisle in, make sure that your wedding day isn’t the first time that you wear them. Even a comfortable pair of flats can rub if you’ve never worn them before, so make sure that you’ve got your shoes a few weeks before the wedding and wear them around the house to mold them to your feet beforehand.
What are your dream wedding shoes like? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.