One often-overlooked wedding staple that can make or break your entire day is the right pair of wedding shoes. The good news: because practically every type of shoe is permissible at weddings (since your dress will most likely be hiding them), you can wear what feels right for you and your event. The bad news: with so many different styles to choose from, it can become overwhelming trying to decide on the perfect pair. For the brides who are stuck in this unsettling boat, we’re here to help!
Heels are the traditional pair of choice for your wedding. Kitten heels are a classy and clean option for those who want a special pair of shoes for their big day. For the brides who want a little more lift, a smart pair of high heels make for a stylish option. Peep-toed heels are the usual style of choice, so that brides can show off their fun pedicures.
Converse and similar-styled tennis shoes are seeing much popularity with modern brides. Comfort is the number-one factor for shoes, and many brides opt for the color and comfort that a pair of converse offer. The bonus: they’re super customizable. You can change the lace color and even add charms to the laces for a personal touch.
Sandals or other flats are the perfect companions to a garden, beachside, or boho-chic wedding. They’re comfortable, lightweight, and still allow you to show off your rockin’ pedi. Jewel-encrusted gladiator sandals are trending right now, as they are a perfect way to dress up this normally-casual shoe. Mock ballet flats are becoming an economical and fashionable choice for many brides who feel out of place in a pair of heels.
Keep in mind when selecting wedding shoe styles:
Be sure that the pair of shoes you choose are very comfortable, as you will probably be in them for several hours. One option to consider is bringing along a spare change of flats to your reception. That way, you can dance the night away without any worry.
Don’t forget to wear-in your wedding shoes! No bride wants foot sores and blisters on their wedding day, so spend plenty of hours walking around in your shoes indoors. That way, you won’t have to be searching for band-aides after the first hour of the reception.
Make sure you bring your shoes along as you shop for wedding dresses and have your fittings done. The height of the shoes will affect how the dress is worn, and the seamstress needs to know how high or low she can adjust the dress without throwing off the rest of your ensemble.
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