There are many things that a bride must pay attention to before her big day, but her choice of wedding shoe can truly make or break the day. If you pick a pair of wedding heels that are uncomfortable, unflattering or downright painful, you’ll be very sorry you did. In this article we’ve compiled 10 common wedding shoe shopping mistakes that brides can fall into the trap of making. If you shop for your shoes pre-armed with this guide, it will be far easier to avoid any prospective problems. Get ready to walk down the aisle with the most wonderful and most comfortable pair of shoes ever!
Choosing Heels That Are Too High for You
Many brides choose wedding shoes where the heels are far higher than anything they are used to. Since your wedding day will be spent largely on your feet (realistically he will carry you no further than the car!) it is a wise idea to go for heels that you are going to be able to cope with comfortably. Besides, if you take the easy option and take a pair of flats for the dance-floor, you could run into some serious problems – remember that your wedding dress has been altered to match the exact length of your satin heels and you could end up sweeping the venue floor with your prize dress…
Not Knowing What You Want
Avoid shopping for wedding shoes if you don’t have the slightest idea of what you’re looking for. Take your time to review shoe designer sites, bridal magazines and even go window shopping to get a grasp of the different styles of wedding shoes available. Will lacy shoes be flattering? Peep-toes? Classic white, or a bold color? Classic or modern? The questions carry on… Answering these questions will most certainly help you to buy the best-suited pair of wedding shoes for your personal style and comfort needs.
Opting for The Wrong Fit
Don’t expect that the slightly tight pair of wedding shoes you’ve bought will fit you perfectly on your wedding day or that the slightly wide pair you’ve bought will not fall off your foot as you climb down the church steps in front of a crowd of family and friends. Take your time try on different wedding shoes and opt for a pair of heels that feels absolutely comfortable. Many shoe designers even suggest having a pedicure done before going wedding shoe shopping so that your feet are pampered and smooth before you start trying different shoes.
Shoes That Are Not Your Style
Perhaps you’ve fallen in love with that pair of adorned stilettos an outlandish embellished heel that you saw in a magazine and you just had to have. Or maybe you simply stumbled upon a bargain pair of modern Victorian wedding shoes and felt it was the sensible option to take. However, you don’t want to be sitting in the car on the way to the church remembering that you hate stilettos, lacy shoes are too vintage for you and modern Victorian shoes are definitely not your style. Try to stick to your fashion principles and you will have no regrets!
Wedding shoes are special and they should reflect you and your wedding style. Choosing them carefully is definitely a wise decision, and should not be taken lightly!
They Are Not the Right Shoes for Your Dress
Check twice that the length of your dress allows you to wear this or that pair of shoes unless you want your dress to drag on the floor. It is definitely worth buying your shoes after you purchase a dress and maybe even taking it with you to try on the shoes. This may seem a bit drastic, but it will give some weight to your final decision and won’t leave you in a panic on the big day.
Buying Cheaper Shoes
We all generally expect to pay a bit more for well-designed, well-made shoes, and there is simply no getting away from the fact that a more expensive shoe will result in a more comfortable wedding day. It is also true that brides usually have to spend quite a lot of money on their wedding dress and their bridesmaids’ dresses and that this can sometimes leave a minimal budget for the wedding shoes.
However, please avoid buying cheaper shoes. They will be much less comfortable, they will hurt your feet and they will definitely ruin your special day!
Avoid Buying Something You Can’t Wear Again
Leading on from what we’ve just mentioned, as buying your wedding shoes is quite an investment, you need to do your best to buy a pair of wedding heels that can be worn again and made the most of. White shoes can be a good purchase as after the wedding you can have them professionally dyed to make them more wearable.
Buying Heels in The Morning
A top tip when shopping for wedding shoes is to do it towards the end of the day when possible. Your feet will naturally swell towards the end of the day, giving you a truer fit for the shoe. Remember that you’ll wear your shoes for an entire day so having a pair of shoes that are ultra-comfy and that can accommodate a slightly swollen end-of-day foot is a must!
Let the shoe designer show you different alternatives to the wedding shoes you want. Be open to suggested options, as you may end up finding a pair of wedding shoes that is even more beautiful, more stunning, sexier and more comfortable than you could ever imagine!
Buying Them Last Minute
It doesn’t matter how busy you are in the run up to your wedding, you need to make time to make a careful and considered decision regarding shoes. God forbid you end up buying your wedding shoes the day before your wedding or, worse, a couple of hours before! Purchase them well in advance so that you can practice walking in them and break them in to avoid blisters at the alter!
Pink Paradox London is a global brand supplying high quality, comfortable wedding shoes suitable for all seasons. Starting as a family run business over 30 years ago, today Pink is an award winning brand and regarded as one of the leading bridal footwear providers in the world.