Mistakes to avoid wedding shoes

8 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.

Picking Wedding Shoes that Are Uncomfortable

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Photographer: Laura Gordon. Shoe: Adora

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

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Photographer: Laura Gordon. Shoe: Esther

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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 low heel like Esther 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

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Shoes: Eve, Eliza, Estelle

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Like any other shoe in your collection, your wedding shoes 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, like the Eve lavender heels without damaging them is to wear them in the house on a carpeted floor. Walking in your wedding shoes for these short spurts of time will help them mold to the shape of your feet perfectly when it’s time to show them off. We know the feeling of excitement when you receive your wedding shoes, 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!

Forgetting to Bring a Spare

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Photography: Brianna Mari. Shoes: Priscilla

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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’ll definitely won’t be practical to wear high heels while you’re getting glammed up by your glam squad. A comfy pair of getting ready slippers like our Priscilla lace slippers might be the best choice to get ready in. Change into a glamorous pair of high heels, like our Reese bow wedding shoes for the ceremony to bring out your inner princess. Besides, it’s always an added bonus to be an extra couple of inches taller. 

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Photography: Valorie Darling. Shoes: Reese

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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. 

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Photography: Jennifer Larsen. Shoes: Luna

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Vintage brides will adore the crystal jewels on our lovely Luna wedding sandal while glamorous brides will love the sparkling oval cut sparkles and pearls on our Hera sandal.  If you’re a bridal flats girl, our best seller, the Alicia lace flats 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.

Thinking You Have To Match Your Dress

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Photography: Ximena Zermeno. Shoes: Elise

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Brides often think that you have to match your bridal shoes to your wedding dress perfectly. While there is nothing wrong with that, it can sometimes be a little overwhelming when it is a 100% match. If you’re wearing a heavily embroidered lace wedding dress, opt for modern wedding shoes like Elise that complements beautifully, like our real bride Sophia (pictured above).  

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Photography: Fulley Love. Shoes: Mariee

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You can even add a soft pop of color like our real bride Erika. She wore our Mariee blush wedding heels with her floral lace wedding gown, adding a romantic touch to her classic wedding dress. P.S. The romantic blush heels add so much as it peaks from under your dress with every step that you take. 

Choosing Crystal Shoes for your Tulle Wedding Dress

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Photography: Carrie King. Shoes: Elsa

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If you’re wearing a tulle wedding dress, a common mistake that brides make is to wear it with crystal wedding shoes. While we love the added glamor that crystals can bring to a soft and romantic tulle look, the prongs that hold the crystals can easily catch on your tulle wedding gown. If you do love the look of crystals, we recommend crystal bridal shoes that aren’t held by prongs, such as our Elsa cinderella wedding heels

Pro tip: You can apply a few coats of clear nail polish onto the prongs that hold the crystals. This will help to reduce the amount of times the prongs catch your dress. Watch our tutorial video here

Only Wearing Block Heels For Outdoor Weddings

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Photography: Laura & Rachel. Shoes: Elise

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Brides often only look for block heels to wear for their garden and outdoor weddings. This seems like a no brainer as the chunky heel provides stability to walk on the uneven pavement. But did you know that you can still wear your low heels or high heels for an outdoor wedding? The secret trick is to add a heel stopper to your heel, like our real bride Bailey did to her Elise wedding heels! The heel stopper prevents you from sinking into the grass, plus it keeps your heels clean. 

Buying a Pair You’ll Never Wear Again

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Photography: Laura Gordon. Shoes: Bridget

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It would be a travesty to never wear your beautiful wedding shoes again. When picking out your wedding shoes, you should consider if and when you’d ever wear them again. While the traditional ivory satin wedding shoes like Bridget may not work in the office, you could still wear them to complete your wedding guest outfit or for date nights to celebrate your anniversary. The easiest way to rewear your Bridget wedding heels is with a sexy slip dress.  

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Photography: Laura Gordon. Shoes: Viola

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Furthermore, 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 the bride looking for versatility. While a light blue wedding shoe isn’t the traditional kind of shoe, it’ll be the perfect something blue you need to add to your wedding outfit.

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Photography: Amanda K. Shoes: Tess

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If you have always dreamed of being a Golden goddess, then our gold heels Tess will be right up your ally. The Tess gold heel is comfortable with extra padding on the sole, but also evokes a dream-like feel with the intertwined embroidery design. Otherwise, add a little gold champagne into your life with Frances gold, a low heel wedding shoe option that gives you a little height boost while still being extremely comfortable. As a 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 budget.

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 family at the reception all-night long. Always remember that comfort is the key to picking the perfect wedding shoes and to 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!

If you're looking for more wedding inspirations, check out our REAL BRIDE weddings. Be sure to check our Shoe Accessories Guide to ensure ultimate comfort on your special day. 

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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