Picking a wedding gown is one of the hardest tasks ever, but what about the shoes? They should be adapted to the wedding, the dress, and the bride’s personality. Here are some tips to pick out your shoes for the big day.
1- Venue and Weather
First of all, your shoes should be adapted to the weather of your wedding day and to the venue. If you’re going to be walking on grass, you should expect your heels to sink in. The same goes for beach weddings, even if it’s pebbles, you might trip and fall, so stilettos might not be the best choice: go for wedges or block heels instead. If you’re having a winter wedding, your shoes should absolutely be closed and waterproof.
There are many details to consider when it comes to choosing the right height for your heels. First, it’s better not to appear taller than the groom, so if you’re already taller than him, we’d advise with flats, and if you’re a lot shorter than him, gaining some height would bring a bit of equilibrium to the pictures. Second, you should be able to stand, walk and dance comfortably in these shoes all day long. So pick a height with which you’re already comfortable and won’t make you trip. Last, but definitely not least, think about your dress when you pick your shoes. You will need to alter its length to their height, so your heels play an important part in alterations.
Fabric is very important when it comes to wedding shoes. Most brides pick a classic fabric like silk, which is always off-white, because it’s natural, or satin, which is a very bright white that can appear blue. Vinyl and plastic shoes are very shiny, but they pinch and rub the skin. They don’t breathe nor bend, which is very uncomfortable. When you purchase your shoes, your toes should bend naturally inside them. And it’s even better if there’s a cushion heel inside! Fabric is also important when picking shoes’ style: satin and leather are best for open-toe shoes, and work wonders with off-the shoulder or open-back summer satin gowns, whereas closed silk shoes complement traditional full-skirted dresses during fall and winter.
Classic brides like matching their shoes to the color of their dress, getting the same shade or one that complements it. If that’s your case, take a sample of your dress fabric when you go shoe shopping so you’re sure the colors match. However, shoes must reflect your personality, and there are no rules when it comes to wearing bright colors with your wedding dress, so pick the shoes you like the most, no matter the color! Just think that it’s one of the few wedding items you can wear again without difficulty.
You can also pick shoes that don’t really match the shade of your dress, but that go great with your accessories and jewelry. Silver and gold shoes are gorgeous, and sandals with pearls, beads, sequins, rhinestones and even flowers can complete your look in a discreet yet elegant manner.
6- Back-up Plan
If you’ve picked heels, you absolutely need to have a back-up plan in case your feet get tired or a heel breaks. Get comfy flats, like ballerinas, sandals or personalized sneakers that you can party comfortably in!
7- Word of advice
It’s better to go shoe-shopping at night, after you have actually used your feet, because they will be swollen, which is the exact state they will be in during your wedding. Shoes that fit in the morning may hurt a lot and pinch at night. Also, don’t wait till your wedding day to wear them, because they will be very uncomfortable. Wear them out at home by walking in them, till you feel they have taken the shape of your feet.
How about you? Are you going for classic satin pumps, or do you prefer embellished sandals for your wedding?
ESPOSA is a bridal boutique that is all about luxury brands offering every bride-to-be a one-stop store to find and shop her wedding look including her dream gown, the perfect wedding shoes and the accessories that she needs. Our stores are located in Lebanon (Dbayeh and Beirut downtown), Brazil (Sao Paulo) and UAE (Dubai and Abu Dhabi).