Deciding what wedding shoes you want to buy is relatively easy. In fact, you have probably been looking at fancy shoes online long enough to know your favorites. Deciding which shoes fit your wedding, dress, circumstances, and budget is not quite as simple. Here are some considerations.
Those oh-so-cute heels will make your legs look divine and your feet scream for help if worn all day. No problem. Buy two pair: heels for the ceremony and comfortable flats for the reception and “down time.”
To avoid blisters and excessive foot pain, work up to wearing your shoes and walking in them for several hours before the big day. Take a look at tips for breaking in your shoes here.
Heel Height and Your Gown
Speaking of heels, don’t forget to wear them with your dress before altering your gown’s length. Even if you have not finalized your shoe choice, put on a pair of “stand ins” with the heel height you prefer so your gown can be hemmed to the correct length; the skirt will hang differently over a four-inch versus a two-inch heel.
Shoes and the Length of Your Dress
While you may decide on the same shoes whether you are wearing a waltz- or floor-length dress, do remember they will be seen in a different way depending on the skirt. If it falls to the floor in front, guests will rarely see the full shoe, but will often glimpse the toe. So you’ll want to consider the look as your foot peeps out from beneath the dress. If the skirt is short or a high-low style, the full shoe will be on display.
Where Will You Be Walking?
Many of us have had the experience of high heels sinking into the dirt or getting stuck between deck boards. Not only can this create an embarrassing situation, it is unhealthy for the shoes. The lesson learned is to think about the texture and condition of the ground where your wedding, reception, and photo sessions will be held. In addition to the previously mentioned predicaments, find out if you will be walking on rocky, damp, sandy, or pebbly terrain and plan accordingly.
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- Your best solution may be only a matter of buying heel protectors.
- Think about avoiding sandals if you are concerned about pebbles or other small particles getting into your shoes.
- Consider going barefoot for part of the day.
- For a beach or soft-ground wedding consider barefoot sandals. Anna makes those pictured above and sells them here.
- If you are concerned about the stability of high heels, consider the increasingly popular wedge heels.
What Will Happen to the Shoes After your Wedding?
We often think about how our shoes will look in the wedding, but what about after? They can be stored beside the preserved gown for safekeeping and perhaps to hand down to your daughter or future daughter-in-law. But there are other options as well. If you are on a tight budget, you may want to choose wedding shoes that can later do “double duty” as evening shoes. Reselling them is another route you may consider. In this case, you may decide to increase your shoe budget a bit since you’ll be recouping a part of the original cost.
What Color Shoes?
Unlike days of old, the shoes do not have to match the dress. Many brides still–and always will–wear white wedding shoes. Silver and other colors, however, are increasingly popular. Shoe color ideas include:
- Wear “something blue” on your feet.
- Coordinate shoe color with your bridesmaids’ dresses or flower colors.
- Do the unexpected and wear shoes in your favorite color under your gown.
- Go for metallics. Silver and gold both look lovely as a bride walks down the aisle.
- For white or ivory with added elegance, consider lace shoes.
- Sequin or rhinestone / crystal embellishments can also blitz up otherwise traditional shoe styles.
Staying Within Budget
I know, you see those fancy Jimmy Choos and other designer wedding shoes on Pinterest and drool. Then you see the cost and cringe. An advantage to shopping online versus at local bridal shops or department stores is selection. You can get fancy look without the fancy price tags. Those above, for example, are under $75 as of this writing (as are many others on the same page).
Shoes in the title graphic and prices as of this writing (top to bottom):
- Blush pink lace wedding heels, $44.99. (Also available in black, white, and ivory).
- Touch Ups Jenna wedge sandal, nude $58.95. (Also available in white satin, $68.95).
- Dyeables Lotus, white satin $76.95. (Also available in black lamy, silver shimmer, and champagne shimmer, $59.99).
- Black lace wedding flats, $34.99. (Also available in white, ivory, and pink).