Choosing wedding shoes is never easy. There are such a wide variety of shapes, sizes, styles and colours that finding the pair that will work perfectly with the dress you’ve chosen can seem like such a difficult decision.
That’s why we’ve put this list of top tips together – to help you understand what you should be thinking about before you buy, so you can be confident that you’re making the right decision.
1) You need to find comfortable wedding shoes
Remember, you will be wearing your shoes from early in the morning until the last thing at night.
Proper wedding shoes are specially designed with comfort in mind and have additional padding exactly for this purpose. Don’t make the mistake of buying cheap shoes that lack this padding and the extra support that makes wearing them not just tolerable, but comfortable, on your big day.
2) Don’t overlook cost
We understand everyone is on a budget, and at Elegant Steps, we want to help you find a bargain.
We always advise brides to be prepared to spend 10-15% of the value of their dress on their bridal shoes – so if the beautiful dress you have cost you £500, then your ideal pair of shoes are going to cost between £50-£75.
If you are on a budget and looking for some brilliant shoes at exceptional prices, it would be worth looking at the ‘Sale’ section of our website. With up to 75% off some of the original prices, you’re likely to find a fab bargain!
3) Consider the fabric
Silk and satin are traditionally the two most popular choices for wedding shoes, but naturally your wedding dress and personal taste are going to have the greatest impact on the shoes you choose.
One piece of advice we always give our brides is that if you’re wearing a non-traditional wedding dress, your shoes don’t need to be traditional either.
4) How should your bridal shoes fit with your dress?
It’s really important that you have your shoes for your dress fittings. This means that your dressmaker can tailor the hem of your wedding dress to the perfect length.
This is why we always suggest that you order your shoes with plenty of time, particularly if you are having them customised. This will take a lot of the pressure off you, and ensure that when the time of your big day comes around, everything is perfect.
5) Consider the colour
Not only should you shoes be a great match for your dress, and do the setting, location and style of your wedding – but it’s very important that they reflect your personality.
If you’re a funky bride, you might want to have your shoes dyed brightly to match the colour of the bridesmaid dresses. If you have a flair and passion for design, you might want to embellish your shoes with diamonds or a jewelled shoe clip. On the other hand, a more traditional bride may want to ensure that they are the exact colour of the dress.
**If you want to learn more about how brides have customised their wedding shoes to reflect their personality – remember to download our guide!**
6) Heel height, sexy heels or versatile flats?
Our suggestion to brides is that they stick with what they are used to and comfortable with on their wedding day. So, if you normally wear 4 inch heels and you choose this heel height for your wedding shoes, then you know that you’ll be comfortable.
Ultimately, if you’re not used to wearing sky high heels, then why take the chance on your big day? It’s probably not the time to experiment, and as we mentioned in point one, comfort is probably the most important factor for brides.
However, if you do want some height then great alternatives are available like platform heels or lower kitten heels, while satin ballet slippers make beautiful bridal shoes for those of us that prefer flats.
7) Destination beach or winter?
If you’re having a beach wedding, then the style of shoes needs to reflect that – funky flip flops, sandals or wedges could work perfectly. If you’re getting married in colder climates then ankle boots could be the best option. It’s just always worth considering the setting for your wedding before buying your shoes.
8) White will vary in shade
There are several shades of white, so if your dress is white, we always recommend getting a swatch from your dress shop to compare the shade.
Silk shoes are traditionally more of an off white shade because they are a natural fabric, whereas imported satin shoes are very bright white with almost a blue hue to them. If in doubt, please get in touch and we will gladly help you out.
9) To dance or not to dance
Are you having a ceilidh on your wedding day? If so you may consider purchasing a pair of more comfortable flat ballet slippers to change into for later on, so you can enjoy all the frivolity.
10) Would you like to wear your shoes again?
Consider having your shoes dyed black after the wedding. This means you can get more wear out of them, and on occasions like anniversaries they become a perfect memento of the special day.