Brides Wedding Shoes: Where do you start? There are thousands, or so it seems, of styles on the market and an infinite more number of possibilities if you are having them made for you. So let’s start with the style. The basic rule is that the wedding shoe must compliment your dress.
Some choices of brides wedding shoes are as follows:
– Court Shoes: closed heal and toe, formal, perfect for cooler climates and inclement weather.
– Sling Backs: with closed heal and still semi formal, or more casual sling backs with an open toe.
– Sandals: for the summer, more informal, pedicures always recommended.
– Platforms: particularly useful to give extra height to a petite person, or give a more slimmer look.
– Pumps: either traditional or retro depending upon your taste.
– Boots: either an ankle boot or full length depending upon the weather and your outfit.
You may already have a preferred style of shoe, so the next things to consider, always bearing in mind your dress, are:
– Heals: low, medium or high heal.
– Thickness of heal: from wedge to stiletto.
– Material: leather, cinza, silk, satin, lace.
– Adornments: beads, pearls, crystals, swarovski diamante, sequins.
– Colour: off white, ivory, white, or alternative colour.
– Shoe Clips: having found the perfect plainer shoe dress it up with a shower or pearls or lace rose buds.
To get an idea of different styles of brides wedding shoes log on to your internet and search for the following makers renown for designing wedding shoes: Grazia, Vera Wang, Cynthia Rowley, Stuart Weitzman, Kenneth Cole, Shelley George, Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahniks (as worn by Jennifer Aniston at her wedding to Brad Pitt and Sarah Jessica Parker in “Sex & the City”), Roland Cartier.
Here are some useful tips, some of which also apply to the grooms:
– Comfort: it is going to be a long day, with dancing at the end of it, so you must be comfortable in your shoes, or you will end up kicking them off!
– Heals: your dress fitting should accommodate the height of your wedding shoes.
– Fabric: silk or satin are currently the two most popular choices – they can be dyed afterwards.
– Style: as mentioned previously the style should compliment the dress and also your personal style.
– Trying on: ensure you try the shoe you intend to purchase with a sample of the hosiery you will be wearing on the day.
– Prepare: break your wedding shoes in by wearing them around the house, (not outside) at least a fortnight before prior to your wedding and build up your resilience!
– Second pair: you may opt for buy a second pair of wedding shoes specifically for the dancing!
– Floor surfaces: do not go slip, sliding away! Either scuff the soles of your wedding shoes with sandpaper, or buy some self-adhesive sole pads. Your cobbler should be able advise you.