6 Wedding Shoe Mistakes To Avoid

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 ivory 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: Celia

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 wedding flats like the Celia of which are designed to guarantee all-day-comfort with the extra padding at the soles. Happy feet = happy bride. 

Customer review: "I just received my Celia flats and I am obsessed. They are even more stunning in person. They are high quality and extremely comfortable. Can't wait to wear them for my upcoming wedding!" on Celia



Above: Esther and Amelia low wedding heel. Photography: Laura Gordon, Chelsea Renay

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 wedding shoes low heel like the Esther 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 heels options, we’ve got it covered in this blog post.

Customer review: "I bought the Amelia shoes and they were so perfect, really pretty and very comfortable. I even have a bunion and never needed to take off my shoes once, from midday to 4am the next morning! No sore feet the next day either. Thank you so much!" on Amelia

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Forgetting to Break in Your Wedding Shoes


Above: Anita white wedding heel, Photography by Carrie King 

Like any other shoe in your collection, your lace 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! 

Customer review "These shoes are so beautiful and elegant. No other wedding show I tried on even came close to the comfort or beauty of these shoes. Now that I’ve put them on, I never want to take them off!" on Anita 

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Forgetting to Bring a Spare


Above:  Fiona wedding flats, Photography by Alexi Aucoin

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. Opt for a pair of ballet wedding flats like the Fiona that is comfortable for all-day wear. 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: Luna sandals, Hera sandals

Photography: Tamara Gruner

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. 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.

Customer review "I wore these sandals for my wedding in Belize. They were comfortable and beautiful. They matched my dress perfectly and were exactly what I needed!" on Luna

Click to shop for Luna and Hera


 If you’re a comfortable wedding flats girl, our best seller the Adora flat will be perfect for you. 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.

Customer review "Stunning wedding flats! They are so beautifully made and the attention to detail is impeccable. Comfortable too - I could dance all night!" on Adora

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Not Matching Your Dress


Above: Florence wedding heel, Photography by Nicole Lapierre

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.

Customer review "Stunning shoes! They are quite comfortable considering the height but I did have to switch them after hours of non-stop dancing. Love them and highly recommend!" on Florence

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Buying a Pair You’ll Never Wear Again


Above: Elsa nude wedding heel

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 satin ivory wedding shoe may not work in the office, you could still wear them to other formal events, like the Elsa heel, a nude color that has hand-beaded sparkling crystals and sequins.

Customer review "I bought this shoe's for my wedding, absolutely beautiful all the details and very comfortable. I love them! Amazing for a party too." on Elsa

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Above: Viola blue wedding heel

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 Viola 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.

Customer review "My viola shoes were so pretty! Also these shoes were so comfortable I lasted in them all day and night and even wore them to our party the next day! Would highly recommend them! Perfection" on Viola

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Above: Anita Gold, Tess heel, Frances Champagne low heel

If you have always dreamed of being a Golden goddess, then our gold heels Anita Gold and Tess 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.

Customer review "The shoes are super comfortable! Very suitable for wedding day. I love the sparkling parts and I feel like a princess when wearing them!" on Frances Champagne

 Click to shop for Anita GoldTess and Frances Champagne 

Forgetting to Put the Shoes in the Budget


Photography by Laura Gordon.

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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Note: Our shoes run in US sizing and we usually do not recommend going by the shoe or foot measurements as every feet is different.  Please note this is a suggestion based on customers' feedback and standard international shoe size conversion, and it is not a guarantee. We strongly recommend going by your usual dress shoe size, and refer to the size fitting recommendation on each product page. If you need help, check our our FAQ for common sizing questions. We can also be reached at contact@bellabelleshoes.com.

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