If you’re an avid shoe lover, you’ve likely already perused the web and your local bridal salon in search for the perfect pair of bridal heels.
Whether you decide on a fab pair of Jimmy Choos or a sparkly set by an up-and-coming designer, these five commandments for your wedding shoes will ensure tears (of pain!) never stain your wedding gown on the big day. Read on to learn what you need to know about tailoring your wedding shoes to you!
1. Break your wedding shoes in.
I know they look so prim and perfect in their box or satin bag. I get that you want them in pristine condition on wedding day, just like your dress! Trust me, though – you need to break your shoes in. I’m not saying you should go hiking in them, but I am saying you should wear them around the house at the very least during the weeks leading up to your big day. Get those blisters and chafed heels out of the way so your shoes can wear to a comfortable level!
2. Wear them to every gown fitting.
Whether or not you have a pair of flats you intend to change into later on wedding day, you’ll want your gown hemmed to the tallest heel you’ll wear. This avoids looking like you purchased the wrong gown length as you walk down the aisle!
3. Test your bridal heels on the dance floor.
Have you ever hit a non-carpeted surface in a new pair of shoes and ended up taking out the innocent bystanders around you? Well, I have. It’s not a flattering look, and you end up panicking each time you hit a slippery surface from then on. Take it from me – test your wedding shoes on your dance floor ahead of time. If they’re super slick, consider roughing the soles up with sand paper or purchasing an anti-slip sole guard. You’ll thank yourself on wedding day (and so will the innocent bystanders!).
4. Try wearing them for an extended time.
You wore your heels daily for 30 minutes over the past week. Score! You’ve broken them in! Right? Maybe – but that doesn’t mean you’ll still feel victorious after wearing them for 8-10 hours. To get a true idea of how your shoes will feel on wedding day, be sure to wear them at least one whole day, and be sure you’re on your feet, walking around a lot. This will tell you whether or not they’re the only shoes you should wear throughout the evening. You’ll avoid kicking off your honeymoon with horrible blisters that way, too!
5. Bring a backup pair of bridal shoes.
Even when you’ve done all of the above, you just never know when foot tragedy may strike. Be prepared with a comfy (yet totally adorable) alternative to heels on wedding day. You just might be happy you did!
I purchased a cute pair of shoes myself for my wedding day and didn’t take the time to break them in. I was only able to wear my heels through the ceremony and the first 30 minutes of the reception because of that! Take it from me, brides – breaking in your wedding heels is an item that should definitely be on your checklist!
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Images courtesy of the David’s Bridal website.