Though they used to be a stark white afterthought, bridal shoes are taking center stage as an essential part of the perfect bridal outfit. They should stand out when you want them to, but take a back seat when all eyes are on the altar. Here are a few quick tips for selecting the right pair of fun bridal shoes for you, and a couple of suggestions for when you start your long hunt for the perfect kicks:
Stick to your Comfort Zone
If you never wear platforms or crazy high heels, now is not the time to try them out. If you’re most comfortable in sandals and flats, don’t let your bridal fantasies trick you into buying a pair of shoes you would have never looked twice at otherwise. No amount of practice between purchase and the big day will be enough for you to strut with the confidence you need to not take a tumble half way through the day. If you’re focusing on not falling to an untimely demise in a pair of six-inch monsters, you won’t have a chance to enjoy your own wedding. Plus, broken metatarsals make for crummy honeymoons.
Don’t Get Cheap
We all know what it’s like to bend to cheap shoes at discounters only to have your feet protesting in agony after a day at the office. Imagine that, but ten times worse. If you’ve ever had an excuse to splurge on pretty shoes, this is it. You’re going to be standing in them all day, and the last thing you want to be worried about is a pair of screaming feet. Buy smart, break them in well before the big day, and don’t let the photographer catch you slinging them off before the first dance.
Keep the Wild Ones Under Wraps
The crazier and more colorful the shoe, the more control you’re going to want to have over when they make an appearance, especially if you’re having a more formal ceremony in a church or other solemn site. Long dresses are better suited to wild shoes, as they won’t be the center of attention the entire evening. Stick out your feet to show them off at the reception and for the photographer, but you may want to keep under wraps when you’re taking your vows – that’s when you want all eyes on you, not your feet.