No longer a mere afterthought to a wedding dress, wedding shoes are becoming the bold style statement of a bride’s ensemble. From brightly colored to heavily embellished, bridal footwear is gaining exposure with eye-catching details. This season’s shoes are certainly …
What Wedding Shoe Style is Best for You?
Every girl knows the perfect pair of shoes makes the outfit! Yet it can be difficult to find the perfect wedding shoes. Here are some things to consider when deciding what footwear to walk down the aisle in.
Consider Material. Some shoe material can be shiny and reflective, and certain materials, like plastic, are less flexible and can leave your feet feeling hot. Material like leather is stretchable and breathable.
Keep it comfortable. You may be willing to sacrifice a little in the comfort department for the sake of fashion. An option to consider if you want those spectacular yet painful shoes is to choose a second pair of comfortable wedding shoes – perhaps flats or sandals – to change into for the reception.
Select a good fit. Take into account your feet can swell and may even grow over a period of time. Also, consider that both feet are not exactly the same size. Plan to go wedding shoe shopping in the afternoon or evening when your feet are at their largest. Walk, bend and do a little dance – make sure they are a good fit.
Pick versatile shoes. Make sure your footwear is adaptable for whatever your big day may bring – indoors or outdoors. If you are outdoors, make sure your shoes have good traction on slick surfaces. If you pick heels, take into account the size and shape of your heel. Support also plays a big part in picking the perfect wedding shoes!
Take a look at these different wedding shoe trends and see what style suits you best!
Colored Wedding Shoes: Brides are choosing shoe colors that match their flowers, wedding décor, bridesmaids’ dresses or even their bridal accessories – hair pins, jewelry and gown details. The idea of matching your shoes to your gown is in the past.
Earth tones are also a current trend for colored wedding shoes. Neutral shades can take you from season to season. We love these high heels with ribbon bow and floral adornments by Badgley Mischka.
Prints and Patterns: Prints are fun and a great way to add a chic or playful pattern to your wedding colors. Choosing a shoe with personality is a great way to make a fashion statement on your day. Check out these hand-painted shoes pictured above made by norakaren on Etsy – or create your own one of a kind wedding shoes with these DIY ideas.
Embellished Shoes: It’s all in the details! Ribbons, pearls, lace, textured flowers and jewels are popular embellishments – and shoes with a gold or metallic finish are also in. Check out the Hey Lady collection for some gorgeous vintage chic shoes. We also love these glitzy shoes from Christian Louboutin and Valentino.
Sandals: These are a great look for summer, outdoor and beach weddings. You can dress up the simple sandal look with beads, embellishments or flowers. You may also like barefoot sandals for beach weddings.
Wedges: For stylish, comfortable and practical wedding shoes, look for wedges. They are a great option if you are looking for shoes with added height yet more support. We love these chic gold metallic wedges from Lilly Pulitzer.
Ballet Flats: Flats come in every color and different styles – you can’t go wrong with style and comfort! TOMS are an eco-friendly option made from recycled plastics with shoes styles especially for brides, like the lace flats pictured above. For more eco-friendly wedding ideas, check out green wedding trends for 2013.
Traditional Shoes: If you take the traditional route and pick a pair of classic pumps or heels, there are a few things to remember. If you decide to match your shoes to your white, ivory or cream colored gown, be careful to match them exactly. Ask your dressmaker or retailer for a swatch of the fabric of your dress and compare the colors.
Nontraditional Shoes: Maybe you want something edgy and out of the ordinary for your wedding. These footwear options aren’t your typical shoe ideas! Wear Converse sneakers for ultimate comfort and quirky style. Choose rain boots for unfortunate weather. Or make your shoes your “something blue.” Check out these DIY ruffles!
Finding the perfect pair of shoes for your wedding can take time. Remember to consider material, comfort, versatility and style when looking for your bridal footwear! For more information on selecting your wedding shoes, check out tips for choosing your wedding shoes. To which wedding shoes will you say “I Do?”
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