Top 9 Tips For Choosing Your Wedding Shoes

Choosing the right wedding shoes is no easy task.  There are such a wide variety of shapes, sizes, styles and colors that finding the pair that will work perfectly for you may seem like the most daunting task of all the wedding decisions. 

That’s why we’ve put this list of top tips together – to help you know what to think about before you choose, so you can be confident that you’re making the right decision. Let's start

1. Find comfortable wedding shoes for YOU

Remember, you will be wearing your shoes from early in the morning until the last thing at night.

Proper wedding shoes are specially designed with comfort in mind and have additional padding exactly for this purpose.  Don’t make the mistake of buying cheap shoes that lack this padding and the extra support that makes wearing them not just tolerable, but comfortable, on your big day.

Photos by Carmen Alvarez Photography   

2. Statement shoes

If you’re wearing a very traditional wedding dress, remember you can make a statement with your shoes. You don’t have to wear white or ivory – you could make a visual splash with scarlet heels – or any color you fancy.

Photos by Chrisman Studios

3. Prepare your feet 

Practice, practice, practice walking in your shoes so that you’re ready to wear them all day. Make sure they are well broken in. Wear them around the house while you make dinner or dance around your living room. 

4. Match your theme

Think about the type of wedding you’re having. If you’re planning a country garden wedding where you’ll spend a lot of time outdoors then wedges or flats might be a great option for you. Of you can wear heel protectors. Soulmates makes a fab heel protector! 

5. Don’t overlook cost

We all have a budget. Find out what that is and stick to it. If Jimmy Choo is what you want then budget for that. Otherwise, don't tempt yourself with looking at someone out of your budget. 

Be prepared to spend about 10-15% of the value of your dress. That's usually a good rule of thumb. 

Photos by Nirav Patel 

6. Consider the fabric and color 

Silk and satin are traditionally the two most popular choices for wedding shoes, but naturally your wedding dress and personal taste are going to have the greatest impact on the shoes you choose.One piece of advice is that if you’re wearing a non-traditional wedding dress, your shoes don’t need to be traditional either. Have some fun! 

Not only should you shoes be a great match for your dress, and to the setting, location and style of your wedding – but it’s very important that they reflect your personality. There is nothing wrong with an adorable blue wedge for ceremony and cowgirl boots for the reception. It's ok to get creative.  

Photo by Sasha Gulish Photography

8. Heels: sexy heels vs. versatile flats

Our suggestion is that you stick with what you're used to and comfortable with on wedding day.  So, if you normally wear 4 inch heels and you choose this heel height for your wedding shoes, then you know that you’ll be comfortable.

Ultimately, if you’re not used to wearing sky high heels, then why take the chance on your big day?  It’s probably not the time to experiment, and as we mentioned in point one, comfort is probably the most important factor here. Happy feet, happy bride! 

However, if you do want some height then great alternatives are available like platform heels or lower kitten heels, while satin ballet slippers make beautiful bridal shoes for those of us that prefer flats.

Photo by Elizabeth Hurley Photography

9) To dance or not to dance

Are you having a band at your wedding day?  If so you may consider purchasing a pair of more comfortable flat ballet slippers to change into for later on, so you can enjoy all the festivities. 

Photo by Hazy Lane Studio