Choosing shoes for your wedding is a very personal thing, but there are some factors that you might want to consider. Having photographed hundreds of weddings, I have seen all sorts of choices that brides have made for their wedding shoes. These have ranged from the usual high heels to designer boots. Bizarrely, the designer boots were a better choice than some of the shoes others have chosen. They remained wearable and comfortable for the whole of the day.
Shoes can make or break a wedding if they make your feet sore, uncomfortable or look terrible. It is not unusual for brides to ditch the high heels after the start of the reception because they are so uncomfortable. One bride had chosen the most incredibly tall stiletto heels that she could barely balance on them. Indeed she toppled and twisted her ankle, which did put a bit of a dampener on the rest of the day.
Choosing wedding shoes
Be a little bit practical. Remember you are going to wear the shoes for a good part of the day. However good they look, those towering stilettos may look good, but they are not very flattering when you are struggling to balance on them. Nor are they very comfortable after and hours or so of wear.
One solution is to have a back-up plan and to have the show shoes for the wedding and a pair of flatter shoes for the reception and dancing. If you have to get from the car to the reception venue across a wet area in winter, consider having a pair of wellies just to get into the venue. The precious wedding shoes can be carried to keep them pristine and mud-free. Also it is worth noting that some historical venues do not permit stilettos because they damage irreplaceable floors.
Sometimes brides chose a really fancy pair of shoes with all sorts of beading, buckles and other accoutrements on. They then find that part way through the wedding the shoes start to rip or catch in the dress. If you do choose higher heels or even flats, it is worth considering having ankle straps to avoid losing the shoes when walking down the aisle.
Wear them in. Comfort is most important. If the first time you wear the shoes is on your wedding day, you could be in for a sore surprise. Consider this, a razor strop is made of leather and sharpens razor blades, imagine what leather can do for your feet. One tip I heard was not to go shoe shopping until the end of the day when your feet were more likely to be a bit swollen. They are more likely to be a better fit, especially if you are intending to wear them all day.
Wear them round the house a bit to get them moulded to fit your feet. This will also soften the leather a bit so they do not rub. It is good to practice walking in the shoes so you are used to them on the wedding day. This will also let you know if there are any pinch-points or areas that rub. You will then be able to make adjustments to get rid of the problems. Make sure they do not feel a little tight; it will cause problems after an hour or so. Consider putting heel cushions (sometimes called foot petals) to stop chaffing. A good shoe shop will be able to stretch shoes or remove hard, sharp spots to avoid cutting your feet to ribbons.
It is also good practice to take the shoes to your dress fittings so that any issues can be highlighted early on. Quite often the dress maker can make adjustments to avoid potential problems.
Have a pedicure before the wedding to make sure your feet look great, shoes on or shoes off. Then if you have to take your shoes off you will still look great.
Are they just for the wedding? Many brides buy wedding shoes that they can wear out on other occasions. Just remember that you can have style and comfort; they are not mutually exclusive. Quite often, a really striking wedding gown does not need special shoes as the dress carries the day. If you have too busy a fashion statement with elaborate dress and sparkly shoes it looks too much.
Are you shorter than the Groom? One good reason you might choose to wear higher heels is if you are shorter than the Groom. Or, flatter shoes if you are a lot taller than the groom.
If you want to make sure that your shoes and the wedding dress are photographed at their best, why not contact me at Martin Neeves Photography or call me on 01455 271 849 or on 07973 638 591