Finding the perfect wedding day shoes

You’ve spent so much time focusing on the wedding dress and other plans, you have almost forgotten about the shoes. For some brides out there, finding the perfect wedding shoes is equally exciting as the wedding dress. For others, having a simple and comfortable wedding shoe is more important.  You have to like the shoes and you have to think that you must wear them for the full day also. It needs to have the right look, fit, height and comfort; one that makes you feel like Cinderella. The list is endless from choosing a sandal, beautiful heels for the glamorous brides, the classic wedding shoes for timeless brides and the vintage inspired for sentimentalist brides.

I have some pointers for those brides who are starting to shop for their wedding shoes.

Do you buy the dress or the shoes first?

Firstly, find your wedding dress because I do hear that some brides see a pair of wedding shoes and fall in love with them but have no wedding dress bought. You need your wedding day shoes to compliment your dress in every aspect from style to colour. The length of your dress does matter. If you have a short dress, your shoes can serve as a statement accessory by adding some glitz and glam to them. If your dress is long, your shoes can serve more of a comfort purpose and how they match might be less important. You will also need your wedding shoes at each dress fitting so that the dressmaker or tailor can have exact height of your wedding shoes, they will then adjust the length of your dress based on your wedding shoe height for the perfectly polished look.

Secondly, don’t leave it until last minute to shop for your wedding shoes. As I just mentioned, it is best to have them with your dress fittings and any alterations. How high your heel is will be an important factor and also think of how much of the shoe you want to show off and your alterations will be matched to that by the seamstress.

Should you shop around for your wedding shoes or buy online?

Do shop around and you can start by browsing through bridal websites and you can start to see what style, shape and colour you prefer. This will start to eliminate what you like and dislike and it narrows your search to a select few.

My personal advice would be to buy from a store close to you rather than online. You will get a better feel for the style and can try the shoes on, see the height and feel how comfortable they are to stand and walk around in. Buying your wedding shoes in person allows you to make sure you are happy with them and they are comfortable too.

Do you have to consider your venue when buying your shoes?

Yes you do, especially If you are planning an outdoor wedding, destination wedding or beach wedding.  Your venue will influence how much heel you should wear and also trying to look graceful walking through a sandy beach. You would tend to look more at a casual or a jewelled sandal collection which will give you the perfect look of casual and glamour. You can also wear them on your honeymoon for those nights out afterwards and they will be sure to be the best investment piece.

Do you have to match the shoe colour with the dress?

It’s like any style decision you make for your big day, what colour you choose will depend on what kind of bride you are and will show your personality more also. Some brides will choose a classic look and will like colours such as ivory, champagne, white and nude colours. If you are the bride who wants to steer away from those colours, choose a colour like silver, gold, metallic or blue. Metallic shoes adds a little more glitter and shine to catch the eye and I love the idea of having a blue shoe.

Tip of the week

For the classic wedding shoes for timeless brides, opt for a delicate lace shoe, feminine heels infused with classic bows and jewels. The most comfortable and versatile fit would be the “Miranda” peep toe heel or another one is “Olivia” with a pointed toe heel topped with oversized jewels. If you are looking for a vintage-inspired shoe, bringing in the influence of the glamour in the 1920’s era, a T-bar closed-toe kitten heel would be a good shoe to buy. Make sure your pair of shoes are padded with extra insole padding, made of soft leather just to ensure all-day comfort.

Trend of the week

This weeks trend is called Belinda which is part of the Pronovias 2020 collection. Belinda is a crepe dress which has a high neckline with pearl-like beading, beautiful scoop back, this luxury wedding gown will surely catch the light in pictures!

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