Happily ever after lies in the perfect pair of shoes, Cinderella and Dorothy can vouch for us on that one. How does one find their sole-mate though? Not to worry, we’ve got you covered! Here’s what you’ll need to know to help you put your best foot forward.
The dress and the shoe
The relationship between the two goes beyond simply wearing complementary colours. When searching for your "sole-mate", be sure to think of them in relation to your dress. Consider aspects such as whether you’ll trip on the hem because of a certain heel height, or whether the embellishments will catch at the bottom of your saree or lehenga resulting in unsightly snags or tears. Additionally, your dress may have to be fitted depending on how much of your shoes you want on display, so it’s best not to leave shoe shopping till the last minute!
To wear, or not to wear?
You might be thinking, “Do wedding shoes have to be worn in?” It’s definitely better for you if they are. Wearing them around the house a few times will allow your shoes to adjust to the shape of your feet, which can make all the difference in terms of comfort on your big day. It’s definitely better than figuring out that your shoes are killing you five minutes into the wedding processions.
Of itself, your wedding shoes should be comfortable from the get-go but sometimes that’s not enough. You’ll be wearing your wedding shoes for a lengthy period of time, so consider investing in an insole to avoid sweaty toes, and gel pads to prevent blisters. In case you do get blisters, be sure to have band-aids on standby!
Two is cool too
Who said you can have only one pair of wedding shoes? You don’t have to choose between a pair of comfy flats and those sultry stilettos, you can have the best of both worlds. You can don flats for moving about and the heels for pictures, and switch between the two as needed.
The bride wears flats—and other out of the (shoe)box ideas
Not all brides dream of donning six-inch heels or sticking to red, gold or silver, and that’s perfectly alright. Perhaps it’s time to do away with tradition and opt for alternatives that let you stay true to your character. Here are our top picks:
For the bride who just can’t resist the dance floor, a stunning pair of juttis strikes the perfect balance between beauty and functionality. They’ll have you light on your feet throughout the festivities.
For the nonconformist bride who can’t even think of doing things ordinarily, the good news is you don’t have to. You can cruise through your big day in a pair of bedazzled or embellished sneakers, Serena Williams style. Added bonus? Should you begin to have second thoughts, you’re fully equipped to make a run for it.
Poignant in pastel
The picture of sophistication, softer hues such as mint or baby blue will never let you down. Pair these with a lehenga of the same colour for an elegant, refined look.
Pop of colour
For the bride who loves to make a statement, a pair in fuchsia pink will have onlookers glued to every sway and sashay of your ensemble in hopes of a sneak peek.