Bridal shoes are an integral and vital part of a bride’s wedding day outfit. Let’s face it, walking down the aisle and then having the first dance with her new spouse at the reception are two key moments in the day’s festivities, and wedding shoes are thus an important consideration when deciding what to wear. As with all women’s shoes, there is a huge selection of bridal shoes out there to choose from, so we will just run through a few of the main categories here to guide you on your way to perfect wedding day feet.
When choosing bridal shoes you need to think about a number of factors: the length of your dress (or trousers), how tall you are compared to your partner, matching colour and fabric with the rest of the outfit, the height of the heels, and whether to have strappy sandals, court shoes, or even boots.
The length of your dress will affect which shoes you choose. If your dress is very long you may need a bit of heel to lift yourself up so that the dress doesn’t drag too much. If the dress is a bit shorter you may want to choose flats to allow the skirt to skim the floor and not look too short. Thus the heel size is an important consideration when choosing bridal shoes. You also need to think about what size heels you usually wear because your wedding day is one where you will be on your feet a lot of the time and if you are not used to four-inch heels then today is probably not the day for a trial run. Walking gracefully down the aisle requires balance and poise, and so tottering on heels that you find uncomfortably tall will not help you to relax and enjoy the experience, especially as you are already bound to be nervous with everyone’s attention fixed on you at that moment. So, the word is to choose shoes that you like and that are comfortable, whilst also accentuating the length of your dress.
If you are considerably taller or shorter than your partner, selecting a heel size that brings you more in line with their height could look good on the photos, so also bear that in mind when choosing bridal shoes.
As for the colour and fabric of the shoes, most people won’t really see them if you are wearing a long dress so you can pretty much choose what you want when it comes to footwear. However, white or ivory satin shoes are traditional for brides, and there are some lovely ones out there. Dainty little pumps with some decorative beading on them also look lovely. There is nothing, of course, to stop you choosing white cowboy boots or sneakers, as shoes are an expression of yourself and a very personal finishing touch to your special wedding day outfit.