Planning a wedding often involves balancing competing interests and, for your feet, two of those important interests come into direct competition on the big day: comfort and style.
With photographers snapping your picture, you will want to wear shoes that match the look of your wedding, shoes that look great peeking out from under your dress. But you have to keep in mind that the bride is on her feet for hours during the course of a wedding and reception. Comfort is a high priority, especially if you plan to get out on the dance floor with your guests.
These five tips will help you find the perfect pair of bridal shoes that look great and won’t leave you limping toward your honeymoon:
1. Shop online with retailers that offer a free shipping promotion and a wide selection. This strategy will allow you to order several pairs of shoes at once and compare them in person. Send back the ones that don’t look or feel right and hang on to the ones you love. Wear them around the house while you do your dusting or vacuuming to see if you could make it through a night of dancing. If you have blisters after an hour, send them back.
2. Consider thick heels or wedges. Wedges and shoes with thicker heels provide more support for your arches than thinner heeled shoes and will allow you a sturdier base to rest your foot on while you dance. If you are having an outdoor wedding and you want to wear heels, wedges are a great option because they sit on top of soil and sand, so you won’t sink into the ground while you’re walking.
3. Don’t limit yourself to white. Many brides are finding more versatility in their shoe selection by looking outside of the traditional wedding color rage. Bold brides bring attention to their feet by wearing red shoes. For some brides, shoes can be the perfect “something blue.” Playful shoes provide great photo opportunities. You can show off a flashy pedicure by wearing neutral sandals or peep-toe heels.
4. Buy a pair of shoes you will wear after the wedding is over. If the shoes you pick for your wedding don’t look overly bridal, you can wear them again and again. This way, you won’t have to feel bad about spending so much on a pair of shoes.
5. Buy a back-up pair of shoes. So maybe the shoes you fell in love with are a little uncomfortable. You feel confident you will make it down the aisle, but not so sure you will comfortably dance the night away. Who says you can’t wear two pairs of shoes? Bring a more comfortable back-up pair of shoes to your reception so you can change out of the pretty wedding shoes before the dancing begins. You will also have them on hand in case you’re feeling shaky and want to change your mind about the mega-heels before the wedding ceremony begins.