Shopping for bridal shoes is often one of the trickiest parts of planning a wedding outfit. For many brides, finding the right shoes proves a dilemma because very little of the shoes themselves will be glimpsed beneath their floor skimming gown yet footwear is bound to be visible throughout the reception, particularly once the dancing begins. Couple this with the fact that you need to be wearing your special wedding shoes from dawn till dusk and would most likely prefer them to be as comfortable as possible and you’ve got a major style search on your hands.
If you like to make a style statement, then go for an on trend nod by adding extra inches and choosing a shoe with a platform sole, such as the Silver Sparkle Peep Toe Court Shoe from Next’s range of bridal shoes. A platform sole optimises the comfort of a high heel, too, by lowering the angle of the foot. However, with a heel this high it’s still a good idea to invest in some stick-on support pads for the balls of your feet to help keep you comfortable all day long.
It’s important to note here that flat shoes may also be glamourous and if you’re concerned about wearing heels and ending up standing taller than your groom at the altar then this is likely to be the best way to go. But to up your sense of occasion when choosing flat footwear styles, be sure to go for something embroidered, either with lace (a big fabric trend for S/S 2012), beading, sequins, jewels or glitter. However, if your chosen shoe features any kind of protruding jewel design, be sure that this is unlikely to be able to catch your dress as you move.
To compromise with a low heel, always go for a kitten style. Block heels and wedges simply don’t boast the same femininity or gracefulness as a thinner, more shapely heel. Slingbacks can be a good choice here, providing a good balance between comfort and glamour.
For a quick guide to evaluating footwear styles and balancing classic styles with on-trend elements check out this wedding shoe review and hear what some of the wedding shoe experts have to say on the matter.