How to pick wedding shoes


The Wedding Shoes

Wedding advertising is everywhere now.  The holidays are over so let’s get on with the next big thing. Weddings! And weddings are all about the dress and the shoes, right? Everything else is just for all the other people in attendance.

Most women love shoes and we are willing to suffer for them – to some extent.  I’ve been married twice and I’m done with all that – but I had a good run at it and apparently, I still look like a good person to offer advice. I had a young woman ask me about her shoe selection in Nordies recently and, without any derogatory comments about marriage, I  suggested the ones with the 2″ heal and said she’d thank me later.  The strappy red ones were really cute though. But it got me to thinking so I came up with a few more suggestions about picking wedding shoes …if you want to enjoy your wedding day. 

1. If you can’t go barefoot – then you will have to pick shoes. Although, it is tempting to go cute and 4 inch, you should really consider comfort first.  So, picking out wedding shoes is really about what not to pick.

2. To start, buy the dress first so you can pick a style of shoe that matches – formal, casual, strappy, dyed to match…

3. Hem the dress to match the shoes. Don’t buy 4” heals because the dress is long.

4. Go comfort, which usually means well-made. If you buy from overstock-type outlets you may be buying shoes that other brides rejected.

5. Be careful of too-strappy sandals.  They can cause you to slide off the shoe and twist an ankle – and of course, the worst of that, is that you will fall in front of all your friends, family members and party crashers. Mental and physical pain – ouch!

6. And speaking of falling – always scratch up the bottoms of new shoes to prevent slipping (sandpaper works great or just mar the bottoms with scissors). The trend lately is to paint the underside of shoes glossy red but again, that could cause some major embarrassment when you slip down the aisle. Besides, you want people looking at you instead of your shoes, right? I say, save the red-bottom shoes for the honeymoon when you won’t be on your feet much anyway.

7. Never buy wedding shoes online unless you have worn that brand and specific shoe before or you can easily return them.

8. Watch out for too-tight shoes today because on your wedding day your feet will swell (particularly in the summer).

9. Consider the season and environment.  Satin stains in grass. Sandals are too cold for winter.

10. Use insoles if you can. You can buy ones that look farily nice and then put a bit of glue to hold them in place in case your shoe is taken off at some point during the evening’s proceedings.

11. Forget 4” heals unless you are having a very short wedding. Or, buy a second pair for the reception.

12. And, finally, break in the shoes well before the wedding. Wear them around the house for weeks – have breakfast in them!

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