A ny bride will agree that finding the perfect pair of bridal shoes is just as tough as finding the right dress. You’ve tried on so many, but nothing quite feels quite as special as the dress you’ve chosen.
Whilst there is an abundance of options available, your wedding shoes are a very specific purchase that needs careful consideration.
Plus, there is so much more to finding the right shoes for your big day than finding the exact shade to match your dress!
You’d want a shoe that’s wedding appropriate, comfortable, and ideally can be worn again. Shoes aren’t just an accessory that complement the rest of your look. The right pair can give you confidence and height when you want to stand out.
Not sure where to start? We’re here to point you in the right direction.
Get Your Wedding Shoes Early
A common mistake that brides make is waiting until the last weeks before the wedding to buy their shoes.
Get your shoes no later than 3-6 months before your wedding. You will need the exact height of your wedding shoes in advance of your final dress fittings for the perfectly polished look. This will also help you save alteration costs later down the road.
If you also give yourself plenty of time to shop for shoes, you’ll have the option to design your custom wedding shoe and get them handmade with the right details, materials, heel size, and finishing touches.
Balance Comfort and Style
Wedding days are a lot longer than you’d think. Usually, you’re up at the crack of dawn for makeup, and most receptions go on to the early hours of the morning. With all the running around in between, that’s a lot of time on your feet.
The perfect bridal shoe combines comfort with style. While style might be the first thing on your mind when you’re shopping for shoes, you need to consider how you’d feel in them as you’d want to look and feel confident walking down the aisle and dancing the night away. Stick to a shoe height that you’re used to and avoid very high heels especially if you’ve never worn them.
It’s also worth having a back-up plan in place. If you’re going to be wandering through muddy fields to get some outdoor photos, do you have a pair of shoes you can change into?
Know Your Budget and Goals
You don’t always have to break the bank to get a stunning bridal shoe. However, you may want to get something a little more luxurious than your daily footwear. If you can look after your wedding shoe on your big day, it can also become a memento for you to cherish afterwards.
When thinking about your budget, do consider that not all shoes are created equal. Cheap shoes almost always equal cheap materials and premium quality shoes that are handmade with perfect fit and construction come with a price.
Think about all the boxes you need to check when finding the perfect shoes. The more specifications you have, the more you might need to spend on getting your shoes just right.
Think About Your Venue
Your bridal shoe needs to hold up in a variety of situations.
Take some time to explore your venue if you don’t know it very well. If there are a lot of stairs and gravel pathways to traverse, you might need to rethink your shoe strategy.
Think about how it’s going to feel when you’re on the dancefloor, or when you’re getting your wedding photos.
Consider the weather too. If you’re booking a winter wedding, you would need a shoe that will help keep you warm. And if you’re going to spend some time outdoors, it might be harder to walk in heels.
Dare to Be Different
Finally, remember that this is your big day. This is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a luxurious pair – without the guilt.
It’s a chance for you to wear the clothes and accessories that make you feel your best and express your personal style.
Custom wedding shoe companies are becoming an increasingly popular way for brides to get their hands on the perfect footwear for their big day. Some have even opted for adding custom sole inscriptions to the sole.
You want to feel like a Princess on your special day, choose a storybook-worthy wedding shoe that makes you feel amazing!