There are plenty of to-do’s on your wedding list, but your wedding shoes can make or break your day. If you pick a pair of wedding shoes that’s uncomfortable, unflattering, or downright painful, you’ll be sorry you did. But, if you take a few of these wedding shoe tips to heart you’ll keep you feet happy, accentuate your style, and you’ll be able to dance the night away. Read on to find out which seven wedding shoe mistakes you should avoid PLUS find out which three must-have shoe accessories you’ll
want need for your wedding. But first… here are the wedding shoes I wore for Me & A’s wedding. They have a little bit of a vintage feel and I loved how simple yet elegant they were. I love the knotted detail and these were insanely comfortable. Plus, they don’t have too high of a heel (I was so nervous about tripping down the aisle). They do sit in a shoe box in my closet because I can’t bare to wear them and ruin them, but I think I’ll make an exception for our anniversary this year. :)
Sadly, though, all of my web searches of this shoe resulted in ‘out of stock’. Sad face. Ah, well… onto the list!
Wedding Shoe Mistakes to Avoid
Wedding Shoe Mistakes: #1 – Forgetting to break in your shoes before the wedding.
The last thing you want is to wobble down the aisle or deal with blisters on the best day of your life. Once you buy your wedding shoes, break ’em in. Shoes feel a little tight? Try this and wear your shoes under your desk at work to break them in before the big day.
Wedding Shoe Mistakes: #2 – Wearing the wrong wedding shoes for you.
White wedding shoes are not a requirement. Bright pops of color are in – and I give them bonus points for being re-wearable after the wedding day. Also, heels aren’t your only option. If you don’t like heels or never wear them, skip ’em — and here’s why. First, you don’t want to trip in them. Second, you won’t feel comfortable in them if you’re not used to the added height. And, third, you should stay true to your own personal style. A certain style of shoe isn’t set in stone: it’s more important to be yourself and feel comfortable in what you’re wearing. Would you rather wear sandals, cowboy boots, or sneakers? We even recommend going barefoot for a beach wedding. If you’re comfortable, go for it!
Wedding Shoe Mistakes: #3 – Not having these three key shoe accessories.
Three things I’d recommend for your shoes on the wedding day: 1) these for the back of your foot, 2) these to keep your heels from slipping, and 3) these to keep you from slipping. You may also want to pick up a pair of these (they fold and fit in your purse!) for the ride home.
Wedding Shoe Mistakes: #4 – Not shopping around.
Wedding shoes can be downright expensive! Besides, if your dress is so long that it hides your feet anyway, don’t spend a fortune on something hardly anyone will even see. When you do find the perfect pair, shop around to get the best price. If ordering online, make sure the company has a great return policy (I’ve ordered from Zappos and they have a wonderful return policy in case they don’t fit). And, be on the lookout for coupon codes you can apply to your online order (try RetailMeNot.com as one resource). One place online to find wedding shoes that look amazing and don’t cost a fortune is Walkin On Air. If I was shopping for wedding shoes, it’s honestly the first place I would go.
If shopping in person, bring a coupon (DSW sometimes sends them if you’re on their mailing list) so you can save a little extra money. And, bring those shoes to your dress fitting! (See more on this in #7.)
Wedding Shoe Mistakes: #5 – Forgetting a spare pair.
Stuff happens: heels break, your shoes can make your feet hurt, or you may want heels for photos but sandals for dancing. In any case, bring a spare pair of shoes just in case.
Wedding Shoe Mistakes: #6 – Skipping the pedicure.
Whether you go to a spa or DIY at home, get a pedicure! I think a pedicure is not only a luxury you deserve for your wedding day, but a must if you’re going barefoot, wearing sandals, wearing peep-toe heels, or even if you’re wearing closed-toe (you’ll still want your feet to look nice for the beach on your honeymoon).
Wedding Shoe Mistakes: #7 – Wearing the wrong wedding shoes for your dress.
It is best to buy your wedding shoes before your dress fittings. The shoes you choose will play a large part in your overall look. If you want to wear flip flops or go barefoot, you’ll want your dress to be long enough to cover your feet. If you want to wear heels, you’ll want to make sure your dress is lengthened to allow for the extra height so it’s not too short; and, the same goes for wearing flats. You don’t want your dress to drag on the floor.
If you want a pair of wedding shoes that are custom-detailed just for you, check out these from Walkin’ On Air. They have an awesome collection (and plenty of something blue!)
Another great shop is Paris XOX with custom embellishments added to heels – shoes can even be hand-dyed in a variety of colors in their studio.
So, to recap the most important points: wear the wedding shoes that are best for you, be true to your style, be comfortable, and have a few emergency shoe accessories just in case!