Step out in style
20 Jul 2011
Step out in style
No outfit is ever complete without a knock-out pair of shoes – and the wedding outfit is no different. Whether your dress is knee-length, with shoes on full show, or a floor-length gown, it’s essential your footwear is right.
Ok, so if we all had a limitless budget then a pair of Jimmy Choos would be top of the list, but it’s not just about what they look like, it’s also about that very boring word “comfort”.
Yes, we know you’ve heard it a million times before but in all honesty you will be wearing these shoes for about 10 hours, most of which will be on your feet, so they need to be at least bearable.
Think about a heel height that you can walk in confidently and stick to it. Those skyscraper heel might look great at the beginning of the day, but is it worth the pain later on? Remember, your dress fitter will alter the length to suit the shoes you will be wearing on the day, so no slipping into those flats once the balls of your feet start burning.
You’ll also need to think about colour. The shoes will need to match or complement your dress. Silver and gold will generally go with any dress, but if you have an unusual coloured gown and want your shoes to match, there are options to have them dyed – this is also an option for the bridesmaids’ shoes, where the dress is often coloured.
Bridal shoes can vary dramatically in price, so be sure to include them in your budget. For most satin shoes expect to pay an average of £50. If you want silk it can go up to about £120, and more for something extra special – Jimmy Choos start at about £450!
Choose comfy shoes – don’t hope they will “give” after a few days wearing them around the house.
You need to have your shoes before your final dress fitting to allow the seamstress to make the dress the right length.
If you are having a first dance, make sure you practice in your shoes.
From soft satins to sparkling jewels, your shoes should complement your gown rather than outshine it.