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Choosing the Right Bridal Shoes

in Attire and Beauty
Ivory satin bridal shoes accompanied by white and pink roses.

Just when you’ve found the perfect wedding dress, you realize that at least one key accessory remains: the perfect shoes of course! Before you rush out to try on your dream pair, however, read on for a few tips concerning looking out for your feet on the big day.

Tip number one is easily one that many brides don’t think about until it’s too late…

First, try to think back to a time when you bought the wrong shoes for an event, or the wrong sized shoes, in the name of fashion, and then had to walk around in them all day because you didn’t have another pair to change into. We’ve all done it, and we’ve all had at least one SORE pair of feet to deal with at the end of the day.

But, it turns out that this is your wedding day coming up, so the moral of this story is this: put your feet first and choose a comfortable pair of wedding shoes – in your correct size, of course! – and perhaps even consider buying two pairs, one for the ceremony/cocktail hour and one for the reception so that you can be both fashionable and practical at the same time.

bridal flip flops and other trends

These days, more and more brides are actually turning to wearing non-traditional shoes with their gowns – everything from sneakers dressed up with faux jewels to flips flops (perfect for a beach wedding!) to comfortable ballet-like slippers to dance the night away in.

Whatever you decide on, definitely don’t forget to try each pair you’ll wear on the big day with your wedding gown, remembering that heels will create a very different look for your gown than would flats, just in dress length alone.

And no matter what style(s) you end up loving and purchasing, take one additional step and look into cushion inserts or anything else that might help make the perfect pair even more comfortable. The last thing you need to worry about as you dance the night away is your aching feet.

finding wedding shoes online

So where to find a good pair of shoes (or two?) Many brides feel that being able to try shoes on in person beats online shopping any day, but there are online stores like Zappos.com, or Amazon.com in some cases, that offer free shipping both ways in case you need to return or exchange them.

One other thing about online shopping leads us to our final tip: definitely read the reviews from customers for any given pair of shoes. These are particularly helpful since they are from brides that have actually tried them on and worn them for their wedding.

Whatever you decide upon, *believe us* when we say that after 10+ hours in your shoes they’d better be as comfortable as possible! 🙂