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Finding the Perfect Shoes for the Perfect Day

Bridal shoes can make or break a wedding day for a bride. Not only does the right shoe have to match the dress, but it must be comfortable enough to wear throughout the ceremony, photo session and reception formalities. However, learning how to select shoes is not difficult when you follow the right steps.

First, decide on the fabric of your shoe. Raw silk, crepe or satin shoes are common choices because they are often the fabrics of the dress. However, diverting from the norm and selecting a different fabric can add a unique touch to the overall ensemble.

Next, select a wedding shoe color that complements the gown. If you want to keep it traditional and choose a shade that matches your wedding dress, make sure to bring a swatch along with you to ensure that the colors are identical. There is also the option of picking a shade that diverts from your dress. Today, many brides choose to have a little more fun with their wedding footwear. You could have the shoes be your “something blue” or pick a metallic pair that matches your jewelry. Some brides opt for a pair adorned with embellishments, such as pearls, beads, sequins or rhinestones, which complements their overall look.

It is important to choose a comfortable bridal shoe. Weddings are all day events and you don’t want to kick off your shoes, at least until you have finished the formal dancing. The reality is that comfort is a very significant factor to consider, more-so than looks and you don’t want to find this out while you are cringing during the photo session. Heels should only be an option if you are used to wearing them and if you are not, then buy them well in advance to break them in and get used to them.

Be sure to match the style of your shoe to your dress and the occasion. Take into account the formality of the wedding, the style of your dress and the season when selecting a wedding shoe. For example, a satin, open-toe, off-white slipper would work well with an off the shoulder, open-back, satin gown during the summer. Informal weddings allow for casual looks, such as ballet slippers or embellished sandals.

Finally, opt for wedding gown shoes that make you and your groom look good. If you are taller than your groom, or much shorter, then this should determine whether you get heels or not. Also, heels can slenderize and tone your legs, as well as lengthen your overall physique. So if there are specific looks you are hoping to achieve, allow your shoes to help you accomplish them.