Choosing wedding shoes

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Choosing wedding shoes takes a sense of both fashion and comfort

You've found the dress. And it's perfect. But what about the shoes? They must be beautiful and they must be comfortable. These are the shoes you will walk in from single-hood into wedded bliss. They are the shoes for your first dance as husband and wife.

And although these are shoes no one may ever see, except for a very brief glimpse, still they must be perfect! Don't despair; here's some helpful advice.


The perfect wedding shoes will need to be many things, but above all, they must be comfortable. You'll be walking down the aisle, posing for photographs, greeting guests, cutting the cake, and possibly dancing in your bridal shoes. This could all add up to hours and hours on your feet, so be sure, that you choose shoes that are comfortable on your feet.

Wedding Shoes to Suit Your Style

While your shoes should be a good match to your dress and the setting of your wedding, they should also reflect your personal style. For example, a funky, trendy bride might consider bridal shoes with chunky heels; while a romantic at heart might love a pair of lacy white "granny boots" as her bridal shoes. It's your day, so let everything be in your style!

Fabric Choices for Wedding Shoes

Silk or satin are traditionally the two most popular choices for wedding shoes, but of course, your wedding dress and personal taste should have the greatest impact on the shoes you choose. If you're wearing a non-traditional wedding dress, your shoes do not need to be traditional either. A fine leather, a sparkling silver lame', or a Cinderella-like clear slipper are all possible materials for your wedding shoes.

Whites Will Vary

All whites are not all created equal. When choosing wedding shoes, be sure to take a swatch of fabric from the wedding dress of your choice. Many wedding dresses are offered in "Diamond White," and if the shoes you must have don't match, a bridal rinse can help tone them down to work with your gown. Before attempting to change your shoe's color, be sure to consult with shoe store personnel first.

Details and Embellishments If, when choosing wedding shoes, you find a pair with embellishments similar to the ones on your dress, make sure the details coordinate. For example, rhinestone or crystals on your shoes will go well with bejeweled or shiny, sequined dresses; while beaded shoes will work nicely with pearled dresses. Trying on Wedding Shoes

When shopping for wedding (or any) shoes, be sure to shop toward the end of your day. Our feet swell over the course of a day, and you'll want to try on shoes when your feet are largest. Also, if you'll be wearing hose on your wedding day, be sure to wear them when trying on your bridal shoes.

Heels of Wedding Shoes

The heel height of your wedding shoes is of utmost importance. Your dress will be fitted to accommodate the height of your bridal shoes, and if you're not comfortable in really high heels, your wedding may not be the best time to try them out. One of the most important things a bride-to-be must realize is that the height of the shoe must come first and that the shoes are important to the altering of the dress. Once you've established the height of the heel, you must have the shoes in order to have your wedding gown fitted properly. Changing the height will change the hem of the dress.

You should have your shoes by the time your gown is delivered and ready to be altered. You will need to bring your shoes to every fitting so that the hemline remains the same.
  • If you want a bit of added height, but aren't used to stilettos, you can consider platform heels, or lower kitten heels.
  • If you prefer a flat, satin ballet slippers make beautiful bridal shoes.

Breaking in Your Wedding Shoes

To be sure that on the big day your wedding shoes aren't killing your feet, you'll need to break them in. A few weeks before your wedding, try wearing your bridal shoes around the house (not outside!) for a small amount of time. Over the course of the next couple of weeks, increase the amount of time you wear them. Be sure to walk and stand a lot in them, until you're certain that you can wear them comfortably for at least 4 or 5 hours.

Extra Shoes for Your Wedding

You may decide that for your reception, you'd like to wear a more comfortable pair of shoes. If this is the case, be sure that your second pair of shoes have the same heel height as your actual wedding shoes. This will insure that your dress doesn't drag the ground while you're dancing or socializing.

Wedding Shoes and Floor Surfaces

The aisle you'll be walking down may be carpeted, or you may find that the reception hall has slick floors. Either surface can be difficult to walk or dance on, especially in your wedding shoes. You might want to consider adding self-adhesive sole pads to the bottoms of your shoes for added traction; alternatively, you can use sandpaper to scuff the soles.

Best wishes for a wonderful wedding and a happy life!

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