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!

Why are women so cold!?

Why are women so cold!? I can’t think of one man that hasn’t voice this complaint at some point.  Just another incompatibility we must compromise on to get along. Nobody agrees and science apparently hasn’t figured it out or maybe they just don’t care.  One doctor friend said it’s metabolism.  Another said it’s body fat.  One interesting source said it was because women have a higher ratio of surface to volume than men and thus shed heat faster ( i.e. the smaller you are, the lower your heat dissipation ratio, and the colder you are).  A couple of scientists claim that women are better at conserving heat than men; we have a more evenly distributed fat layer and can pull blood back to the core organs leaving our hands and feet cold but not our heart.  Ahhh. That’s nice. Let’s go with that.

The options are few if you’re a man because, well, you just have to go along with it and sweat it out, right? I mean, seriously, you’re not going to fight us on this, are you?

For women you can wear tights, pop on a sweater or scarf, put a heater under your desk (if your  employer will let you) or get an office Snuggie or Slanket!  A while back Fast Company (the business magazine) had some follow-on product suggestions for the Snuggie creator (a man, by the way – obviously sick of hearing his wife complain!). One of my favorites was the Fuel Cell Snuggie.  Evidently, there is enough static electricity generated by the 100% polyester  (that would be plastic!)  to power a small city.  I suggest they attach a cord to the Snuggie so we can run the television! Add some footies and a couple of big pockets for snacks and a soda and we won’t have to leave the couch at all. No more complaining from you cold women!