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10 Useful Tips for Buying the Perfect Wedding Shoes

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Your big day will feel like the longest day of your life if you’re wearing the wrong shoes. Selecting the perfect shoes for your wedding is about more than style: it’s also about function. After all, to be able to walk down the aisle, you have to be able to actually walk.

Here are 10 tips to help you choose the ideal shoes for your special day.

1) Give Yourself Time

It’s important to give yourself plenty of time to look around and get a feel for what’s out there. You may have a vision in mind, but there’s a whole world of wedding shoes to explore. Get an idea of your options so you can make a truly informed choice.

2) Decide on Height, First

This is especially imperative if you’re going to be wearing a long wedding dress, since the size of your heel will affect the hemline. It’s not necessary – or even advisable (see the next point) – to buy the exact pair of shoes prior to the dress, you should know the height of your heel.

3) Next, Get the Dress

Shoes are a wonderful supporting role to your wedding ensemble, but the dress is the star. Settle on a dress, then select shoes that will complement them – not the other way around.

4) Stick to Your Comfort Zone

If you’ve never been comfortable in stilettos, then now’s not the time to give them another try. You want to wear shoes you’ll be comfortable in all day, so go with kicks you know you can rock.

5) Know Your Terrain

High heels may be great for a church wedding, but if you’re getting married on the beach, you don’t want to be stumbling around in the sand. Wedding sandals or these beautiful barefoot sandals are gorgeous, and will allow you to stay vertical – at least until the wedding night.

6) Break Them In

Just ask any bride who’s suffered through her wedding day in a stiff pair of shoes: you need to break them in first. Breaking in your shoes will also help you assess if you can really, truly make it through the day in them. You may have been able to walk a few laps of the store, but are you ready for the long haul?

7) Colour

While most brides opt for the traditional white or ivory wedding dress, shoes offer a place to go wild. Red, blue, purple, yellow – whatever you want! Pick your favourite and have fun.

8) Bring Your Dancing Shoes

If you’re planning to dance the night away, it may be a good idea to bring back up. Sure, sport your towering heels for the ceremony and dinner, but when the music comes on, they come off. Slip into some spectacular flats and cut loose.

9) Your Groom

Depending on the height of your groom – and his or your sensitivity about that height – you may or may not want to wear heels. If the groom is the Goliath to your David, and you don’t want the disparity to look as striking, then a higher heel is a great way to narrow the gap.

If you are as tall or taller than your groom and don’t want to appear taller, then a lower heel or flat is a solid option. This said, if neither of you cares, then no one else should either. It’s your day, afterall!

And finally…

10) The Budget

Let’s state the obvious: weddings can get expensive. If you already have a pair of shoes that would be perfect for the big day, or if a friend has a pair in your size, save yourself the money and don’t bother with a new pair.

In the event you do need to buy, invest in a good quality pair of shoes you can realistically see yourself wearing again. This will lower your cost per wear, and put your mind at ease.

All of these considerations – as practical and dull as some may seem – will all help you secure a solid footing to enjoy your wedding. Take them to heart, and enjoy every second!

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