When you’re choosing your dream pair of shoes to go with the dream gown, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. Follow these 12 steps and you’ll be splashing out on a super pair of shoes you’ll want to wear again and again!
You have to wear your shoes
You might have fallen in love with a pair of skyscraper heels but remember you’re going to have to walk down the aisle in them, stand for photographs in them, maybe dance in them and walk around all day. Wobbling around on heels that are too high isn’t a good look and you don’t want to catch a high spiky heel in your dress either.
Choose a special pair of shoes
Award-winning shoe designer Rachel Simpson says “Choose shoes that make you feel amazing! Even if your dress is floor length, giving your guests the occasional peek of an exquisite pair of shoes will make you feel like a true princess! Wedding shoes don’t have to be boring – combine classic style with fashionable detailing and you’ll love them for years.”
Get them worn in
Don’t wear your shoes for the first time on your wedding day. Make sure you have them a few weeks before the wedding and wear them around the house (on carpet) to get them worn in a bit before the big day so they’ve moulded to fit your feet and eased up.
Take some measurements
Remember your dressmaker will need to know the exact height of your shoes for your final fitting so she can adjust your dress accordingly. You’ll need to be wearing your shoes at this fitting so when you order them check how long it will take for them to be delivered so you don’t have any last minute panics.
Consider getting your shoes dyed
Don’t panic if you can’t find shoes in the exact colour you want. Rainbow Club offers an excellent service at £30 to dye your shoes in a variety of different shades (useful for bridesmaid shoes too).
Match your theme
Think about the type of wedding you’re having. If you’re planning a country garden wedding where you’ll spend a lot of time outdoors then wedges or flats would be a good option, or wear heel protectors.
On the same note talk to you venue about your footwear, some historic venues ban stiletto heels to protect their wooden floors.
Wet weather plans
If you’re having a winter wedding or just generally getting married in the UK (where rain is likely!), consider a pair of ‘Weddington Boots’ so that you can walk through the snow and puddles and not spoil your shoes.
Match your shoes to your dress
Take a swatch of your dress fabric with you when you choose your shoes to make sure that it matches up and the colour doesn’t clash.
If you’re wearing a very traditional wedding dress, remember you can make a statement with your shoes. You don’t have to wear white or ivory – you could make a visual splash with scarlet heels – or any colour you fancy.
Pamper your feet
Have a pedicure before your wedding day so that your feet are soft and nails in great condition. They’ll also be picture perfect for your honeymoon!
Practice walking in your shoes
Last but not least, practice, practice and practice walking in your shoes so that you’re really used to them by your big day.