Make Sure You Get the Right Shoes

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There are several ways to find the right shoes for a wedding dress and to make sure they’ll be perfectly coordinated to your wedding ensemble.

High-heeled strappy sandals are an elegant choice for an evening affair and go well with glamorous gown. A more casual or informal event at a courthouse is suitable to more casual shoes like dress mules.

But you have to consider more than just the style of shoes for a wedding when you’re going to be wearing even an informal wedding gown. Now you have to think about colors and shades, fabrics and alterations and even how detailed the shoes should be.

And you should always buy your wedding dress before you go shopping for your footwear.

  • All shades of white are not the same: If your wedding dress is white, take a swatch of the dress fabric with you to match the shoes. If the shoes you want don’t match, you might be able to use a bridal rinse to bring them to the correct shade of your dress.
  • Gown Alterations and Wedding Shoes: When you’re going out to try on gowns, make sure you have a pair of shoes with you that are the same height of the shoes you’ll wearing for your wedding, including any platform height. When you shop for your shoes, take the shoes with you that used for your first gown fitting so you can find the right shoes for a wedding gown final fitting and for your wedding. It’s crucial that you do get your wedding shoes before the final fitting. If you happen to get shoes that are even slightly higher or shorter than the shoes you wore for the alterations, your gown could unfortunately end up too long or too short.
  • Coordinating the Fabrics for Wedding Shoes and Gown: Use the bottom of your wedding dress to choose the fabric for your wedding shoes. If you have a shiny fabric wedding gown, select satin shoes to coordinate.
  • The Right Shoes for a Wedding Should Complement Your Gown: The rule of thumb – fancy shoes for a simple dress or simple shoes with a fancy dress. When you go by this rule, you avoid the need for having to match embellishments and details of your gown to the shoes.
  • If you prefer to have shoes with some embellishments like beading or shiny satin, makes sure the details on the shoes coordinate and blend well with the gown.

If you start early and take your time, you should have no trouble finding just the right shoes for a wedding that both complement the type of affair and complement the dress.

Some Hints for Happy Feet

Make sure the shoes for a wedding are the right ones and they make your feet as happy as they make you:

  • Never sacrifice comfort for style. You’ll be on your feet from long before you walk down the aisle clear through the to last dance.
  • Select a heel height that you’re used to wearing fairly often. Wider heels also provide more support and stability.
  • Ensure a properly fitting shoe by shopping at the end of the day, when your feet are at their largest.
  • Break your shoes in by wearing them around the house a few times before your wedding day. If you notice blisters, buy cushions to prevent irritation.
  • Pack some bandages and moleskin into your wedding purse so you have them on hand just in case those new shoes give you a little bit of trouble.
  • The soles of new shoes can be slick and slippery. Give them some added traction by gently roughing the soles with a piece of sandpaper for added grip.

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