The Well-Shod Bride

I’ll be wearing a floor-length wedding gown

I’ll be wearing a floor-length wedding gown, so my shoe style can be negligible, is what most brides will think once confronted with other nitty gritties of preparing for their big day.

Not a good idea, ladies. As with most important occasions that will grace your life, every little detail counts, and that includes the pair of footwear you’ll be encasing your dainty bridal tootsies in. Always keep in mind that you’ll be on your feet for the most part of the wedding reception, as well as during a sizable chunk of the nuptial itself. Well-shod feet are the key to a comfortable, graceful, on-her-toes bride. Shoes can also round off a bridal ensemble perfectly. The secret is to coordinate with and stick to your chosen theme or motif, and to always consider the length, width, and shape of your feet (including the arches) early on.

Yes, this means to pick out the shoes before the dress, because they’re important accessories that need to be present during your first fittings. For one thing, your dress’s hemline can benefit from being matched with the height of your shoes’ heels from the get-go, thereby nixing the need for frequent alterations (and cutting costs in the process). Also, if you find yourself with a stunningly designed pair of shoes, it’s not farfetched to have your seamstress incorporate some of the design onto your dress for a more personalized look. More formal weddings call for closely matching fabrics for both shoes and dress; and while this doesn’t mean that they have to be cut from the same cloth (in a manner of speaking), at least go for glossy satin shoes if your dress is made of silk or encrusted with sparkling beads, not matte leather ones. Or, if you opt to have a pair of shoes tinted to match the color of your dress, there are some stores and factories that carry swatches of dyed fabric for you to choose from. Custom-dyed shoes have been around for ages, and while they may not end up being the precise color of your wedding gown, they can at least be the closest match possible.

As for shoe styles, there’s an array of them that can prove staggering if you refuse to stick to the tried-and-tested. Being outrageously adventurous can be good once in a while, but not on your wedding day. Bear in mind that comfort is still top priority. Think of your first dance with your new husband! You wouldn’t want to be toppling over during a waltz because of brittle heels, would you? It’s best to stick to the height and style you’re accustomed to wearing regularly. This will ensure that you’ll be walking normally, won’t be developing calluses, and won’t be averse to dancing the night away like a blushing bride should.

Lastly, a well-shod bride isn’t afraid to be sentimental or creative about the foot wear she picks out. A lot of wedding scrapbooks showcase the minutest details of the nuptials, and shoes are a favorite photographic subject. While it’s practical to buy generic-looking shoes you can wear on other occasions, your wedding day is still the best time to splurge on designer shoes, or even hand-me-down vintage pieces that have their own history. For instance, in the movie Father of the Bride, Annie Banks wore white tennis shoes made at her father’s shoe factory, with adorable bows on top. While this may be an unconventional choice at best, the sentiment and the comfort it provides are well worth it (and will launch a thousand awwws for when your grandkids ask about your big day).