Finding the Perfect Wedding Shoe
by Sally Lowe
There is so much time and consideration involved in planning the perfect wedding – the dress, the venue, the photo locations, the guest list, the wedding favours. One very crucial decision, that shouldn’t be overlooked is the importance of the wedding shoe.
Think about it, these shoes need to walk you down the aisle, match the style of your wedding dress, pose with you in your photographs, and, of course, carry you through your first dance. These shoes need to be fantastic – they must be the right height, be comfortable and, most importantly, the bride must LOVE them.
Choosing the correct heel height is very important when selecting your wedding shoes. The heel needs to be comfortable to walk in (all eyes will be on you!) so try and stick to a height you feel comfortable with. Now is not the time to experiment.
The length of your dress will also affect the heel height (and vice versa). You will usually need to be in possession of the wedding shoes, before final dress hemming. The typical rule of thumb for floor length gowns is to have the heel height allowing the dress to JUST skim across the floor. Those with shorter wedding dresses have more flexibility in choosing the height and style of wedding shoes.
Your height and your partner’s are also important factors in determining appropriate bridal shoes. Some brides will wish to gain height to be closer to their partner’s, while taller brides may opt for a flatter shoe. It comes down to personal choice. Just remember, if you’re tall, 10cm stilettos will only accentuate this.
There are so many styles of wedding shoes to choose from and the best way to select what you want is to try on as many different shoes as possible. Open toe, pointed toe, sandal, boots, stiletto, platform, wedge or ballet flats are just some of the options available. Play around and have some fun. From there it becomes easier to eliminate what you don’t like and in turn find the style that you DO want for your big day.
The two most common fabric types for wedding shoes are silk and satin. Make sure you take care in your choice of fabric, as there’s quite a range in quality and price. At the top end of the range is the crème de la crème of materials, Duchesse Silk. There are also often the added adornments of broaches, Swarovski crystals, lace and bows.
Choosing a shoe in either silk or satin generally means that they can be dyed. This is a preference for many brides, either to match their dress or bridesmaid’s dresses, or to work with your favourite outfit post wedding. Make sure you check before buy the shoes that they can be dyed if this is part of your criteria.
In reality, it will all come down to what you want from your wedding shoes and what best suits the style/theme of your dress and of course the day itself.
So brides-to-be, step out in the perfect set of heels, or flats, on your big day. Visit an expert like Trousseau Bridal & Evening Shoes and prepare to fall in love all over again. ♥
Trousseau Bridal & Evening Shoes are wedding shoe specialists, offering a comprehensive selection of footwear for the bride, bridesmaids, flowergirls and mother of the bride. Trousseau understand the search of every bride to find her perfect ‘Cinderella’ shoe and are committed to supplying the most elegant and up-to-date range.
Auckland brides can visit the showroom Thurs – Sat, or any other time by appointment. For brides elsewhere in New Zealand, the extensive website will bring their shoes directly to you.