“There was an old woman who lived in a shoe…” – well, it’s more of a semi detached just outside of Manchester oh and I’m desperately steering away from the term ‘old’ thank you very much, but I wouldn’t be the first woman to claim that my life is certainly ruled by soles that bear your soul! So why should my wedding day be any different?
I, like you am currently planning a wedding and on the hunt for the perfect wedding shoes, i’m definitely a quirky girl and ill be after something i can wear again no doubt picking up on some of the bridesmaids colour to give it a bit of a punch… So on my travels i’ve picked out some of the shoes that give you a feeling of ‘OH I NEED THOSE’ to bring you Brides-to-be some inspiration!
Things to keep in mind for your big day;
If you’re a fashion conscious bride who plans on strutting her stuff from dawn until well after dusk in her five inch Jimmy Choos, then prepare for your feet to pay the price. Do not expect to be able to walk miles around a park, dragged along by your photographer who obviously wants to give you the perfect location for your album images. But saying this…when will you get this chance again? You wouldn’t wear a £500 pair of Vera Wang ivory covered silkies down to Tesco now would you?
One day; no pain no gain! But remember it comes at a cost.
Representative of you
Yes, most bridal gowns are floor length and the shoes will barely be seen. BUT, these are the shoes that you will marry in and no doubt will feature in your wedding album. Many photographers like to capture the essence of the day by photographing the details like the back of the dress, the button holes, the flowers and indeed the bridal shoes. So if you were planning on wearing old ballet pumps to nail that comfort factor, bear in mind that a clean and fresh pair will be better than the ones you’ve been knocking around town in for the past couple of months. Of course colour suited to your chosen dress is desired to avoid them stealing the show – and comfort can always sneak its way on to your feet when the lights go down and boogie time begins.
Yes, most bridal gowns are floor length and barely seen. BUT, these are the shoes that you will marry in and no doubt will feature in your wedding album. Many photographers like to capture the essence of the day by photographing the details like the back of the dress,the button holes, the flowers and indeed the bridal shoes. So if you were planning on wearing old ballet pumps to nail that comfort factor, bear in mind that a clean and fresh pair will be better than the ones you’ve been knocking around town in for the past couple of months. Of course colour suited to your chosen dress is desired to avoid them stealing the show – and comfort can always sneak its way on to your feet when the lights go down and boogie time begins.
Location, location, location
Where are you getting hitched? If it’s in a field then please remember that stiletto heels DO sink in grass unavoidably. That satin heel cover is easily ruined by mud and you’ll soon spend your entire day on the ball of your foot if your reception is situated in a picturesque garden, no matter how dry you think it looks. Ivory wellingtons decorated in ribbons and bows are suited especially for brides with outdoor locations. They’re not for everyone, but they really do exist and are very popular with kitsch rock and roll brides!
I have seen so many gorgeous diamante and crystal covered heels on brides feet (which sounds wonderful does it not?)…until a long, slim fitting, fish tail lace dress is taken out of it’s cover bag. It is very rare that a bride will try on her wedding shoes with her wedding dress for longer than a few minutes before the big day, standing mostly stationary in front of a mirror to admire her completed attire. So, when shoes covered with excessive sharp shards and pointy pearls are chosen for a tight fitting lace dresses, it can only lead to a disaster. The material catches, the fabric plucks and tears… I’ve never seen a bride take a tumble before, but no bride wants a shoe grabbing dress disaster. Always keep in mind what you’re wearing from top to toe when you make a selection and try out your outfit before the event. I’ll definitely be breaking mine in having a dance around the house!
Bows and busy bits
If your dress is pretty fussy, it might be a wise choice to tone down the accessories, including the shoes. Overkill is a car crash when it comes to dressing up, where simple is often the most beautiful. However, if your dress is a little more understated, then perhaps your more adventurous choice of shoe will complete the outfit with attention to detail tying in with decoration at your venue with butterflies as your theme, a small butterfly on your shoe carries the styling through well, a pop of colour to match the bridesmaids or something completely quirky!
If your partner is of a similar height to you flat footed, then he or she might not appreciate you waltzing down the aisle to greet them at the end towering well above them. Remember that as nice as it is to carry those few extra inches on the day to slim you down with grace, it’s much nicer to be experiencing the same weather as your guests down below.
Practice makes perfect
If you can’t walk in them then don’t wear them. Ok I understand that these shoes are to die for, believe me, I really do. But tottering around in heels your feet cannot walk in, often looks silly to the onlooker. But fear not, all shoes can be mastered! It just takes a little time and some dedication to practice – perhaps at home making dinner, washing up and doing daily chores in the hope that you won’t ruin them outside in a dirty puddle.
Wear what you want!
Seriously, you only get this one day; With all of the above being said, if you see THE shoes, then get them. Like your dress, your flowers, your venue and food, you only get one wedding day (supposedly!) and this day is the one you will cherish for the rest of your life. You want to feel the bees knees and by God, if Alexander McQueen can do that for you, then go get them!
So, if you need more inspiration pop along to the Pintrest inspiration board because there are tonnes more to see! Already found your shoes? Then give us your tips and links below to your favs!