As much as we imagine our wedding day being a beautiful day that we enjoy from beginning to end, the fact is, it’s going to be a long day. One of the worst mistakes many brides make is choosing bridal shoes that look good rather than ones that will see them through the day and night in comfort…and style!
Double = Less Trouble
If you really want or need the lift in height and the change in posture heels gives you, there is a simple way to have your (wedding) cake and eat it too! It’s as simple as doubling up on your shoes!
When you really stop to think about it, you only really need to use heels for the ceremony, pictures and your first dance as a couple. For the rest of the reception, a formal pair of flats will keep your feet from getting overstressed, leaving you in pain and feeling miserable.
Comfort Over Style
Although we might think fashion trumps all when it comes to which bridal shoe will best suit your wedding dress, there’s nothing stylish about being in pain and not being able to enjoy yourself! It’s important to be able to find a balance between what looks good and what is suitable for an inevitably long day on your feet.
Bridal shoes come in all shapes and sizes, and if you want to be comfortable, shoes with a chunkier, medium-low heel will be your best bet. Don’t go for a tight shoe – opt for the right fit and if you have a wide foot, buy a wide fit! Many of us have a terrible habit of buying shoes in a tighter size than we should – especially when it comes to heels – but you need to refrain from this habit when it comes to bridal shoes from your wedding.
Wedges are one of the most comfortable high-heeled shoes you will ever own, and you can find styles perfectly suited to wear as bridal shoes! You can undoubtedly find plain white wedges that will easily look lovely with any style of wedding dresses, or you can have a bit of fun with them and go for something like a summery floral style.
The other bonus with wedges is they are absolutely perfect when it comes to a beach or garden wedding. You won’t have to deal with worrying about tripping over if your heel gets caught in the grass, and they don’t sink into the sand as much as other bridal shoes.
If You Can’t Give Up Your Stiletto’s…
Wear them in over a few weeks before the day – stilettos will never be the most comfortable bridal shoes available, but you might at least be able to avoid blisters. Additionally, use gel inserts to help relieve pressure from the balls of your feet and stop them slipping in the shoe, and make sure you have Band-Aid’s in your purse, just in case.
Choosing a style with ankle straps can also feel more comfortable as it takes the pressure off the toes and requires less work from your arches and balls of your feet for stability.