So 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.