Wedding shoes are the pedestal of the bride and deserving of special attention, even if you think they won't be noticed. Finding the perfect shoes can be just as much of a challenge as finding the perfect dress. Some of us have difficulty finding shoes in general. These tips should help you find the shoes to complete your look.
First Rule of Wedding Shoes
The first rule to selecting wedding shoes is to find the dress first. This is the same general rule that applies to shopping for our daily attire. Start with the outfit and find the perfect shoe to pull off a coordinated look.
Even if you think you have found the perfect shoe, hesitate. Buy your wedding dress first. If you think you could coordinate it with other dresses in your closet, then make the purchase. Remember the golden rule to shopping is to dress from the top down. Your shoes should compliment every aspect of your dress, including style, arch, height, heel, accessories, texture, color and shade.
Wedding Shoes that Match
If you're wearing an A-line gown, mermaid gown, trumpet gown or slit skirt, then your sophisticated look demands a classy shoe. If you can command a higher heel, select a sophisticated shoe with thin straps, a deep arch and a tapered stiletto heel. If you have difficulty walking in high heels, a small platform in the ball of the shoe can decrease the arch and make balancing easier. If you are taller, have a shorter groom or want to reduce height for another reason, choose a shorter heel and make up the difference with strappy sparkly heels. The height of the heel is less important and more forgiving than the style.
If you are wearing a ballgown, there are a couple considerations to be made. The volume of a ballgown can have an undesired effect for a shorter bride. Even if your wedding shoes will not be as visible, consider higher heels to add height and correct the illusion. Otherwise, a ballgown covers the shoes and will usually only offer a brief glimpse beneath. When you are wondering what to wear with your ballgown, think about Cinderella. It is unlikely that you will wear a glass slipper. Instead, consider a simple closed toe shoe that matches the fabric and overall style of the dress. You could probably even pull off a ballerina slipper with sparkles and glam.
Matching the color of your wedding shoes to your dress is important. Matching the shade of the color is of equal importance. Have you ever placed a navy shirt next to navy pants to realize the color was slightly off? This is because there are different shades of every color, and different fabrics absorb color differently. If you are unable to match the shade exactly, select a contrasting color that coordinates with the dress. Silver and gold will compliment and contrast other colors well.
The Important Part
What is most important about your wedding shoes is how they make you feel. This is a day for smiles and celebration. The memory of your wedding day should not be a painful one. Make sure your shoes are comfortable and your feet can command their movement. Wear the shoes that make you smile.