If your shoe is leather lined and tight, take rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball and brush it along the inside of the shoe, then wear them immediately. The alcohol will stretch the leather.
–Beth Chapman, Stylist, The White Dress by the Shore
All About Wedding Shoes
The shoes you wear on your wedding day will affect not only your overall look but your comfort level as well, so choose wedding shoes with care.
Here are four steps to finding the right wedding shoes.
Choose Your Shoe Fabric
While most bridal shoes are made from cloth (usually white satin or silk that can be dyed to match their gowns), there isn’t any rule that says brides have to wear cloth shoes. You can also wear leather, as long as it fits with the look of your gown.
Choose Your Color
White wedding shoes are the most common, as brides traditionally wear shoes to match their gowns, which are usually some shade of white. Many modern brides, however, opt to be a bit more original with their footwear, choosing a metallic shade, a bit of sparkle, or shoes with fun embellishments like bows, ruffles, or flowers. A common non-white trend is for brides to don blue kicks as their “something blue.”
Have a Comfortable Backup Plan
As you walk down the aisle, those four-inch stiletto heels may look amazing. But five hours and 10 dances later, style may morph into acute pain with every step. Avoid the blisters and prolong the dancing by having equally stylish backup flats.
Forego “something new”
Don’t leave it up to your soles to be your “something new.” If you are not used to wearing three-inch heels, or you’ve never dared bare your toes in strappy sandals, your wedding day is not the best arena to try out these styles.
If comfort is important to you, consider investing in a high-end brand. Although you’ll pay for the high-quality fabric and fine craftsmanship, you’ll enjoy better a better fit and greater comfort.
Shoe pads can help prevent slipping and chafing so that you can keep dancing all night. In fact, here’s a little secret: Shoe pads can actually make your feet look better by preventing your toes from hanging over the edge of the shoe. You can find a collection of shoe pads made especially for bridal shoes and heels at My Glass Slipper.
Break them in
A few weeks before the wedding, start wearing your shoes inside for an hour or two at a time. This will break in the fabric, and help you get used to wearing them.
Choose Your Wedding Shoes Style
Seek to complement these four aspects, and your kicks will be a perfect shoe-in:
Traditional fashion rules dictate closed-toe shoes are appropriate for winter months; however, this rule has relaxed somewhat, especially in warmer climates.
The formality of your wedding day
A closed-toe pump provides most classic and formal look; added embellishments also make a shoe more formal. On the other hand, low sandals, ballet slippers, and strappy flats complement a more casual event.
Bridal shoes can be adorned with a number of embellishments, such as crystal, rhinestone, ruffles, flowers, bows, beading, and embroidery, so choose ornamentation that complements those on your gown or other accessories. Also consider your hemline; a decorated hemline calls for a simpler shoe style, while embellished shoes can dress up a plain hemline.
If your ceremony or reception takes place on a lawn, beach, or other soft surface, avoid stiletto heels, as they tend to sink into soft ground and sand; instead, look for a wide heel, wedge, or super fun flat.
Other Style Tips for Wedding Shoes
- Avoid any hosiery with open-toed shoes as the line across the toe should never show.
- Remember that higher heels will make your legs look more toned (keeping your calves flexed), and they’ll also ensure better posture.
- Make sure you’ve found your shoes before your first fitting, as you’ll need to try them on with the gown so it can be adjusted to the proper length.