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What makes the perfect wedding shoes?

think-imma-cross-over-tailoringSo you’ve chosen your dream wedding dress and it’s time to start looking for that perfect pair of shoes. However, choosing wedding shoes is never very easy and with such a huge selection of styles and shapes to choose from and finding a colour that will complement and match your dress, buying wedding shoes can start to become very daunting indeed.

With so much to think about it’s a good idea to have a few ideas of what makes the perfect wedding shoe, so hopefully this article will make you feel more confident that the shoes you choose will be just right!

Comfort is crucial

First things first and it’s very important that you choose shoes which are comfortable to wear. Don’t forget that you’ll be wearing your wedding shoes for a long time; from when you set off to the venue until last thing at night.

With this in mind you’ll find that shoes which are specially designed as wedding shoes are designed to be comfortable and will have extra padding that you won’t find inside other shoes. It can be very tempting to start looking at evening shoes but the extra support that comes with wedding shoes can make all the difference between day-long comfort and painful feet on your big day. If you shop online, you’ll find that there are some shoe shops such as www.cheerfulsoles.co.uk which specialise in stylish shoes which have been specially designed with comfort in mind.

Cheap does not equal cheerful

There’s no denying that weddings are expensive and you’re likely to have a very tight budget for your outfit. However, whilst we all like to find a bargain, it’s not a good idea to compromise on the cost of your wedding shoes. As a general rule of thumb you should be prepared to spend around 10% of the cost of your dress on your shoes, so if the gorgeous dress you have chosen has cost £800, you need to set aside around £80 for bridal shoes.

Fabric or leather?

When it comes to choosing the fabric of your wedding shoes the choice is, of course, entirely up to you but the most popular wedding shoe designs are made from silk or satin. The style of shoes you chose will come down to the style of your dress and your own sense of style. Remember that if you’ve chosen a non-traditional dress, the choice is unlimited as you can go for any style of shoe you like.

The perfect colour

Colour is important and although you might think that all bridal shoes are ivory, white or cream, there are huge variations within these colour shades. Your wedding shoes should be a good match for your dress, but that doesn’t have to limit the colour you choose and you’ll also need to take into account the style, location and setting of your wedding.

Brides who want a traditional look are likely to look for shoes which are an exact colour match to their dress, but if your style is funkier, why not go for completely contrasting shoes instead? Don’t forget that style embellishments can help to add a very personal touch and there are huge ranges of jewelled bridal shoe accessories available. Whichever shoes you choose, don’t forget to take them with you every time you go for a dress fitting to ensure your dress is the perfect length.

High heels or pretty pumps?

The best advice when it comes to heel height is to go with what you used to.  If you’re happy in a pair of killer heels then you’ll feel comfy on your wedding day, but if you normally wear flats, your wedding is not the time to experiment with four inch heels!

There’s a huge selection of gorgeous ballet pump and low-heeled wedding shoes available but if you would like to add a little height to your overall height, platform or kitten heels are a good compromise.

How to choose the perfect shoes for day-long comfort

cheerful-soles-semla-shoeStylish shoes designed with comfort in mind

Whether your job requires you to stand for long periods or you simply have a very busy lifestyle, having the right footwear can make all the difference! Choosing shoes which are comfortable is one thing but what’s the best way to find shoes that will appeal to your sense of style whilst providing day-long comfort?

Stay on the flat

If you’re a fan of killer heels you’ve probably already realised that unfortunately height doesn’t usually equal comfort! High heels have a terrible reputation for causing a whole host of health problems including back pain, bunions, corns and callouses to name but a few. However, although we know that heels are bad for our health and comfort, it is hard to ditch them if you’re a die-hard fan.

If you’re going to buy heels it goes without saying that they must fit properly. If they feel tight or rub, even if it’s only a little bit, steer clear as once you’ve been wearing them for around an hour, that little bit of rubbing will turn into crippling pain. The best fit should feel snug but with enough room for you to wiggle your toes without them feeling squashed. Heels with pointed toes should be avoided altogether as a toe that is slightly rounded will always feel more comfortable, regardless of the height of the heel.

When it comes to high heels, they’re unlikely to offer you day-long comfort and if you’re in a job that means that you need to be on your feet for long periods, it’s probably best to choose a style with a mid-height or flat heel and to save the heels for nights out and weekends!

Look for foot-friendly design features

Although wearing heels all day is a bad idea, very flat shoes can prove to be equally uncomfortable. Avoid ballerina-style pumps which have thin, completely flat soles as these offer little support and by the end of the day you’ll be able to feel every pebble or crack on the pavement! Instead it’s best to look for foot-friendly features such as cushioned soles and lower, chunky heels which are designed to give the impression of height, whilst spreading out the impact of your feet through the cushioning. Wearing this style of shoe will make you feel stylish whilst causing less pain.

Look inside and out

When choosing shoes make sure you look inside the shoe as it when it comes to comfort, the shoe’s interior is more important than the style. The important thing is to avoid flat shoes which have a narrow toe box, or that lack arch support, or have seams inside that could rub your feet and cause painful blisters.

Buy shoes online

The choice of comfortable shoes available to buy online is almost endless and has opened up new worlds in terms of the range of styles. Many online shoe shops such as Cheerful Soles allow customers to review styles – this can be very helpful when it comes to finding out how other buyers have found the shoes in terms of comfort and fit.

Another major advantage of buying online is that you can buy as many pairs as you want, before trying them on in the comfort of your own home. You’ll have the freedom to try them on with different outfits and all without a pushy sales person breathing down your neck! The best time to try on shoes is at the end of the day when your feet will be at their most swollen.

So next time you decide to buy some new shoes, rather than looking upon your shopping trip with dread, why not look on the positive side instead? Remember that comfort doesn’t have to equal frumpy and as long as you take into consideration heel height and look for foot-friendly design features, you’re likely to find that there’s a huge choice of stylish, comfortable shoes out there!