published April 30th, 2014
If you’re planning to walk down the aisle then you’ll probably want to do so gracefully - in style and, most importantly, comfort. That’s the key word here. Comfort. It’s all very well strolling down the aisle in heels that look stylish and sophisticated, but if you’re limping along like a newborn calf then it’s going to take the shine off proceedings. Sure, you want the shoes to look the part, but this shouldn’t be at the expense of your feet, which will undoubtedly end up sore and blistered if the heels are ill-fitting or inappropriate.
Don’t forget that you’re going to be standing or dancing for hours in the same footwear - unless you kick off your heels at the end of the ceremony and slip into your dancing shoes. Therefore comfort is of the utmost importance.
Your bridal shoes should also match or compliment your dress, suit the tone of the wedding, and appeal to your own personal taste. Yes, comfort is important, but you’re obviously not going to wear shoes that look so hideous that you plan to burn them immediately after the reception.
The trick is that nobody should notice your shoes, unless you actually want them to. When you walk down that aisle you don’t want people gawping at your shoes and thinking “Wow, what was she thinking?”. The shoes should really be the last thing that everyone sees, as all eyes should be on how fabulous you look in that dress.
As with any pair of new shoes your bridal shoes will need time to become accustomed to your feet. So don’t buy them months in advance and keep them looking pristine by storing them in a box until the day before your wedding. To avoid any unnecessary pain (and grimacing in your wedding photos) you should try on your shoes a few times beforehand. Practice standing and walking (and maybe even dancing) in your new shoes for several weeks before the big day. Then on the day itself they’ll feel like a second skin.
You can’t always tell if your shoes are too loose or tight when you initially try them on, so it’s really imperative that you break them in prior to your wedding day. This will also ensure that the straps aren’t cutting or pinching you, and they won’t give you painful blisters. You don’t want to be hobbling off the dance floor before hitting the chorus in “Come On Eileen”. Nor do you want to be limping on your honeymoon for the next two weeks.
If you’ve never donned a pair of heels in your life then your wedding day is not the day to slip into a pair of five-inch stilettos in order to “look the part”. You’ll be looking pretty red-faced when you’re lying spread-eagled on the floor, sobbing.
As mentioned above, your wedding dress is the main attraction here. So you don’t want shoes that scream “Look at me!” as you meander down the aisle. If people are looking at your feet then something has gone horribly wrong in the footwear department - or your dress is so ugly that people avert their gaze by looking down at your feet. Wedding dresses aren’t really that much different from regular dresses, so the same rules apply.
Elegant or brightly coloured shoes are becoming increasingly popular with the modern bride, but if in any doubt you can’t go wrong with classic white or ivory shoes. The colour should add subtle character and not be too garish or attention-seeking.
The setting of your wedding also plays a vital role in your choice of footwear. For example, heels won’t be very practical if you’re getting married in a field or on the beach. If this is the case then you’ll want to go flat-footed, or perhaps even barefooted if the mood takes you. There’s no law that dictates a bride has to wear any form of footwear. Some people prefer the “Sandie Shaw” look (for those of you too young to remember her, she was the barefoot pop princess of the 1960s).
To echo the words above, what you wear on your feet for your wedding day is really up to you. The wedding police aren’t going to burst in and charge you with crimes against bridal footwear. Seriously, if you want to wear running shoes or cowboy boots then you’re allowed to do so. You can even be really hardcore and paint your favourite pair of Dr Martin boots a lovely shade of white if the mood takes you!