If The Shoe Fits
Choosing bridal footwear
By Sara Doerrier
July 12, 2011
Its hard enough picking shoes for a first date. Compared to that, choosing bridal footwear can feel daunting. But dont forget, it can also be fun. Choosing a delightful pair of pink heels can add a kick (pun intended) to your bridal outfit. Royal blue satin stilettos can add flair. For those who prefer the minimalist look, elegant silver sandals can be the finishing touch for your ethereal, outdoor nuptials.
Whether your shoes will be covered or not, the right wedding footwear can make a big difference in how you look and how comfortable you will feel. Those who yearn for non-traditional choices can do sosafelywith their shoes. For example, a purple gown may take it too far. Purple suede sandals, however, add a subtler yet vogue sensibility.
These tips can help you as you shop.
- Consider the venue. If you're getting married in a regal cathedral, leave the informal flats at home. But if you're getting married on the beach, high heels will have you wobbling in the sand. The shoes must match your venue.
- Height plays a role. If your partner is shorter than you are, towering high heels will make you look sky-high in photos.
- Don't neglect comfort. While those stunning peep-toe sandals may fill you with glee, remember that you're going to wear your shoes for 12 hours-plus. Do you really want to be bleeding on the aisle? The ideal wedding shoes boast both style and comfort. If you simply must have those fierce suede sandals for your walk down the aisle, choose a comfortable backup pair to wear during your reception so you can boogie with ease.
- Remember the dress! Your wedding shoes, if white, must match your dress. There are many versions of white; each is slightly different. If you choose a snow white wedding dress and your shoes are a creamy antique white, the clash will be jarring and unflattering. Many manufacturers offer dye services, so you can have your shoes tinted to match the exact color of your gown. All this said, dont be afraid to choose a bridal shoe in a completely different colorsuch as pink, blue or silver.
- Be daring. Do you love bright colors? Pick a hot pink heel. Obsessed with ballet? Search for classy satin slippers. These non-traditional choices are particularly apt for brides with floor-length dresses. You will look classy overall, while delighting guests when your lime green slingbacks peek out from the hem of your skirt.