I've had so many brides email me re. my recent blogs on picking shoes and how to ease the pain so I thought I'd share with you one of the leading bridal shoe designers, Aruna Seth's top tips. They say it takes one to know one and this lady designs shoes that will not only need to last you all day long but look fabulous too. Read this and you won't put a foot wrong!
1/ Comfort is key; a wedding day endures hours standing upright on your feet, from walking down the aisle, posing for photographs and the first dance. Ask yourself if you can walk in your shoes? Will your shoes be comfy all day? Practice walking in your shoes before the big day to break them in.
2/ Choose shoes you love; a need for feet to be ultra comfortable all day doesn't mean jeopardising on style. Choose wedding shoes you'll love and treasure for years to come. Unlike your wedding dress, if you pick the right shoe they can be worn again for further occasions. You want to feel beautiful and sexy on your wedding day, a good pair of shoes is the best pick-me-up even on a normal day. Don't fret over following fashion trends; if you pick a classic style they will stand the test of time in the wedding photo-album for years to come.
3/ Be organised; shoes are as important as the wedding dress and many brides neglect giving shoes priority. Choose your shoes around the same time as your wedding dress, for one you'll need to bring them to fittings because shoe heights determine the length of the dress and it's better not to be disappointed if a designer is unable to supply you with a shoe you've fallen in love with due to a short-time frame.
4/ Pick the right heel height; stiletto-loving brides may need to compromise on heel-heights, consider if your husband will be embarrassed at the altar or wedding pictures if you are towering above him. Choose a heel height you're comfortable with, if you normally wear kitten heels stay with this height, a sudden desire to start tottering around in six-inch heels just because it's a special day may backfire.
5/ Theme your shoes; brides-to-be love to theme weddings so involve shoes in the theme too. Tons of brides call us to request our beautiful Farfalla butterfly shoes and brooches fitting in-line with their hearted butterfly-themed weddings. If you have a flair for style and themes, make sure every single detail is flawless. Match your embellishments up: a sparkly dress, coloured jewels or pearl features can all find a beautiful shoe counterpart.
6/ Collaborate with your dress; work with your wedding dress to find the perfect shoe. Use material swatches to compare your dress and shoes. Pick a shoe colour matching your wedding dress colour; a pristine white dress goes best with white or a pale pearl colour and an off-white gown goes best with pearl or ivory-coloured bridal shoes. If your dress is long, shoes with embellishments or spike heels may damage the fabric. If your dress is short then shoes are on display, a bit of fancy sparkle on your shoe may be more important.
7/ Treat your feet; remember to schedule a lovely pedicure before your big day. Slip your feet into your gorgeous wedding shoes with soft skin, neat cuticles and glossy painted nails. Pedicures instantly make you feel relaxed, refreshed and special.
8/ Be a shoe-aholic; I'm a big believer in buying all the pairs of shoes you love to save you from making a tough decision! Why not spoil yourself with a big-shoe budget before your wedding. If you are a self-confessed shoe-aholic, your big day is a perfect time to need new shoes; flashy shoes for your hen-do, heels for the big-day, flat ballerinas for partying at the reception, sandals for the exotic honeymoon, the list is endless.
9/ Choose shoes compatible with your wedding surroundings; pick shoes suitable for your wedding venue. For example wedges and flats are best for garden weddings to save yourself from muddy heels. Flat sandals are best for beach weddings and certain (usually historic) venues forbid high-heeled shoes for fear of flooring being damaged. There is a wide range of bridal shoes available to suit different wedding environments for example a winter wedding can be complemented by white glamorous snow-boots.