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.
We’ll also tell you how to do your own at-home pedicure to save some money.
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.
Wedding Shoe Mistakes to Avoid
Here are the top wedding shoe mistakes to avoid for your big day.
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.
Another way to make them stretch out is with one of these made especially for high heels!
Wedding Shoe Mistakes: #2 – Wearing the wrong wedding shoes for you.
White wedding shoes, while lovely, are not a requirement. You don’t have to wear white shoes just because you’re the bride!
Bright pops of color are also in for shoes – and I give them bonus points for being re-wearable after the wedding day.
You should always pick the kind of heels you’ll want to wear — not based on what you think you’re supposed to wear. I mean, just look at these (*jaw drops*):
Besides color, the type of wedding shoe you wear is also up for debate. Many brides think they have to wear heels, You don’t have to do anything when it comes to your wedding. Flats, wedges, pumps, closed-toe, open-toe, sneakers… it’s totally up to you.
“Just Married” ballet flats? Here ya go! Get them here.
See? You’re allowed to be comfy (and your feet can still look cute!)
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 wear the most comfortable wedding shoes you can find. Would you rather wear sandals, cowboy boots, or sneakers? Or what about wedding TOMS? Get comfy! You can even go barefoot for a beach wedding (or wear these, the next best thing) if that makes you happy! There are no rules.
Lovin’ these cute flats with ankle strap (by Dream Pairs). They’re so affordable! I might get a pair just to wear with my jeans.
And these comfy hot pink flats from Kate Spade:
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 backs of your feet, 2) these to keep your heels from slipping, and 3) these to keep your soles from slipping. You may also want to pick up a pair of these (they fold and fit in your purse!) for the ride home.
If your feet tend to hurt (or you need more support) in high heels, these high heel relief insoles are a must! They’re super affordable and will save you a serious foot-ache.
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 countless pairs of shoes from Amazon and they have a wonderful return policy in case they don’t fit).
If you’re looking for flats, the best place to go is Walkin On Air. If I was shopping for wedding shoes, it’s honestly the first place I would go. Also, check out this massive list of beautiful wedding flats. I want them ALL.
GOOD-TO-KNOW TIP: Bring the shoes you plan to wear 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. These are worth it and super cheap; you can even fit ’em in your clutch or tote!
There’s a few colors available (and they’re awesome as bridesmaid gifts too, btw).
Wedding Shoe Mistakes: #6 – Skipping the pedicure.
Whether you go to a spa or DIY at home, get a pedicure (or do it yourself at home with one of these — they’re awesome). 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 wedges, or even if you’re wearing closed-toe (you’ll still want your feet to look nice for the beach on your honeymoon).
A pedicure is always a must. You can get one at most nail places (plus a foot bath, hot towel treatment, and maybe even massage chair if your place is like mine!) for around $25-$30 plus tip.
DO YOUR OWN PEDICURE
Don’t want to splurge? Do your own pedicure at home!
• First, soak your feet in warm water and use a pumice stone like this to slough off dead skin. I got one of these pedicure files as a gift from Andrew and I absolutely love it. It has a rechargable battery and you can use it in the shower to slough off dead skin on your feet. My feet have never been softer.
• Then wash your feet with a great exfoliator (I love this one myself, it smells great and lasts a long time). Dry.
• Trim your toenails and shape with a nail file; push back those cuticles. Rinse.
Follow with a great foot cream or moisturizer.
Wedding Shoe Mistakes: #7 – Wearing the wrong wedding shoes for your dress.
One of the BIGGEST wedding shoes mistakes you can make is to forget to bring your wedding shoes to your dress fittings. The shoes you choose will play a large part in your overall look.
If you plan 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.
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.