Every woman should feel like a princess from head to toe on her wedding day. But picking the wrong shoes for the occasion could turn any princess into an evil queen. It’s amazing how difficult it can be to find that perfect pair of wedding shoes to carry you down the aisle. There are hundreds of white and ivory-satin heels and flats to go through that it might seem like a good idea to just pick a pair without giving it a lot of thought. After all, no one will see the shoes under the long dress, will they?
Picking your shoes should go beyond just matching them to your wedding dress. When looking for that perfect glass slipper, you want to really think about what you’re going to be doing on your wedding day and how long you may or may not be standing on your feet. To help you get through the process, we’ve assembled a few mistakes to avoid when picking your wedding shoe.
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Picking Wedding Shoes that Are Uncomfortable
Above: Allegra wedding flat, Photography by Carrie King
As a bride, your wedding day is going to be anything but a day of leisure. You’re likely going to spend most of the day on your feet, so you have to make sure your footwear is up for the challenge. One mistake to avoid when picking your wedding shoe is picking a pair that is uncomfortable. Find a pair that can endure a long day of walking, standing, greeting relatives, and dancing with your new life partner. If you’re not used to wearing high heels, then try a pair of flats like this enchanting pair of Allegra ballet flats which are designed to guarantee all-day-comfort with the extra padding at the soles. Happy feet = happy bride.
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Above: Annalise and Amelia low wedding heel
But if your dream is to wear a pair of heels with your dress, then your best bet would be to choose a smaller heel (no one wants to see the bride trip her way down the aisle). Sure, we can laugh it off like Jennifer Lawrence, when she tripped on her way to the Oscars stage, but none of us really want that. Wearing a shoe with a lower heel like the Annalise or the Amelia is a smart, practical way to go while still looking fabulous. The 2 ½ inch heels are perfect for those who still want a heel without having to worry about sore feet at the end of the day. If you want to learn more about comfortable wedding shoe options, we’ve got it covered in this blog post.
Forgetting to Break in Your Wedding Shoes
Above: Anita white wedding heel, Photography by Carrie King
Like any other shoe in your collection, your wedding shoe should be worn before the Big Day. While, the thought of getting a spot on their pristine, white satin might seem like a nightmare, you’ll regret keeping them in their box until the minute before standing at the altar. You don’t have to wear them on every outing before the wedding, but it won’t hurt to slip them on every so often. One of the best ways to break in your shoes without damaging them is to wear them in the house or at the office. Walking in your wedding shoes for these short spurts of time will help them become bearable when it’s time to show them off. We know the feeling of excitement when you receive your wedding shoe, especially the beautiful blue box that our shoes come in, so why not use this excuse to try them on and actually have a practical reason to do so!
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Forgetting to Bring a Spare
Wearing high heels the entire evening isn’t going to work out for anyone, and walking around barefoot might not be an option depending on the location of your reception. It definitely won’t be practical to wear high heels while you’re getting glammed up by your glam squad. A comfy pair of slippers or our Priscilla
lace slippers might be the best choice pre-wedding ceremony. Change into a glamorous pair of high heels for the ceremony to bring out the inner princess in you. Besides, it’s always an added bonus to be an extra couple of inches taller for that picture perfect first kiss.
Above top from left: Jackie flats, Luna sandals, Agatha sandals, Hera sandals
Photography top from left: Rachel May, Josh and Serena
When buying a basket of flip flops for your guests don’t forget what you’re going to wear on the dance floor. So, when you’re packing your bridal bag don’t forget to throw in a lovely and comfortable pair of bridal sandals to switch into for when your feet just can’t take it anymore and are in desperate need of a break when you’re on the dance floor. If you’re a boho chic bride, the Greecian inspired Agatha sandal will transform you into a Greek goddess. Vintage brides will adore the crystal jewels on our lovely Luna wedding sandal while glamorous brides adore the sparkling oval cut sparkles and pearls on our Hera sandal.
If you’re a bridal flats
girl, our best seller the Adora
flat will be perfect for you. Vintage brides will fall head over heels (not literally), for the Jackie
flat with crystal stones and a something blue center stone. Our bridal sandals and flats have extra padding on the sole, so they are super comfortable on the dance floor, and they are stylish too! Trust us- you’ll be thankful you (or your Maid of Honor) thought ahead before the night is over.
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Not Matching Your Dress
If you’re wearing a floor length gown, you might think that matching your shoes to your dress isn’t a big deal. But on your wedding day, you should strive for a perfect, cohesive look especially if you’re planning some cute photos of your wedding shoes. It might be in your best interest to pick your footwear before you decide on your dress. Your wedding shoes are what will determine your height on the day. So, if you’re planning to rock a pair of six-inch heels, then you need to ensure the dress is still going to reach the floor. And if you’re going barefoot, then you want to make sure your feet will be covered, so they don’t end up the focus of your outfit.
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Buying a Pair You’ll Never Wear Again
Yes, not matching your dress is a huge mistake to avoid when picking out your wedding shoes, but it would also be a travesty never to wear those shoes again. When picking out your wedding shoes, you should consider if and when you’d ever wear them again. While the traditional white satin wedding shoe may not work in the office, you could still wear them to other formal events, like the Filipa
heel, a nude soft metallic color that has intricate mesh vamp encrusted with sparkling crystals at the front.
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And wedding shoes don’t always have to be white or even ivory. More and more brides are opting to wear more colorful, unique shoes that will fit their style way beyond their wedding day. A pair of light blue wedding shoes
, like our Elsa Blue wedding heel
might be the perfect choice for brides who are looking for versatility. While a light blue wedding shoe isn’t the traditional kind of shoe, it’ll be the something blue you need to add to your wedding outfit.
If you have always dreamed of being a Golden goddess, then our gold heels Anita Gold
will be right up your ally. The Tess heel is comfortable with extra padding on the sole, but also evokes a dream-like feel with the intertwined embroidery design. On the other hand, the Anita Gold is classic and chic for brides who love a romantic floral design. Otherwise, add a little champagne into your life with Frances Champagne
, a low heel wedding shoe option that gives you a little boost while still being extremely comfortable. For the cherry on top, the soft gold teardrop stones and beads at the front will stand out in photos.
Forgetting to Put the Shoes in the Budget
Forgetting to put your shoes in the budget is a huge mistake to avoid when buying your wedding shoes. Wedding shoes can get very expensive, and it could be a huge blow to buy them without considering how the cost could affect other parts of the wedding.
Picking the right shoes for your wedding is one of the most vital parts of bridal preparation. Your wedding shoes should showcase your style while staying comfy enough to enjoy every moment, from stepping out and taking that first step down the aisle, to dancing with your friends and now-hubby at the reception!
Always remember that comfort is the key to picking the perfect wedding shoes and do your research, so you know what mistakes to avoid when picking out your wedding shoes.
And don’t forget that penny for good luck!
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