How to choose bridal shoes: 6 key points

If you wonder how to choose the wedding shoes, then you have arrived at the right place. As a wedding photographer in Ibiza I know a lot about the subject and that’s why I want to help you choose the wedding shoes indicated for you; A decision not as simple as it may seem at first glance.

Because the wedding shoes should make you feel very comfortable at all times, adapt to the time of the year, combine with the chosen dress, and of course, be in tune with the wedding style. As you can see, there are many factors to consider. But do not worry, here I summarize everything you need to know to make the right choice and that on your wedding day you can look radiant and feel comfortable with your shoes. Everyone will be dazzled with you, and I, as a photographer, will leave him duly immortalized in the images.

1. When to buy them?

Although it may seem strange to you, a very frequent oversight when choosing bridal shoes has to do with the moment of making the purchase. Busy on a multitude of issues that revolve around the wedding day, brides often underestimate this detail, which is not really a detail that should be left to chance. To avoid shocks, it is very important that you buy your shoes as soon as you have chosen your dress because this will not only allow you to check with confidence if it really matches the style of the set, but you can also have them in the process of making or arranging your dress, and you can even use them beforehand so that, when the big day comes, you will be truly comfortable. And please, no matter how long your dress is and you wear a two-meter tail, never think that nobody will look at your feet: you’ll see how many guests will ask you to show them. Definitely, bridal shoes increasingly play a central role in the bridal look. As a wedding photographer, I can assure you that I will also ask you to contemplate them so that you can take several photographs that will be absolutely incredible.

2. Are they comfortable?

Comfort is a decisive issue: if those shoes that you fell in love do not fit you, forget them and decide to choose others that fit better. Therefore, the first question you should ask yourself when choosing them is: can I wear these wedding shoes for so many hours? As you well know, brand new shoes can always lead to chafing and injury. To start to mold them you will have to use them at home several weeks before. You can speed up the process of adapting the shoes to your feet by smearing them with moisturizer inside and using them with thick socks. Another highly recommended option is to take them to the shoemaker to place them in a last for a few days or also, although with the care that this entails, introduce a water bag inside them and put them in the freezer. Both in one case and in the other you will get them to widen a little. Another highly recommended option, almost like a “b” plan, is that you have Compeed in your bag, a product that is applied in the areas most prone to suffer and that forms a kind of invisible film on your feet; This way you will avoid unpleasant moments with your shoes. Either way, it is good that you seriously think about the possibility of having a second pair of shoes, as a replacement, with which you find it much more comfortable to be at the party. Remember that your wedding will be a marathon session for your feet and that if you are not comfortable with them, that will affect your body attitude and could even ruin your day. Believe me, I have a long experience in the subject since I have lived it in a multitude of events.

Because the wedding shoes should make you feel very comfortable at all times, adapt to the time of the year, combine with the chosen dress, and of course, be in tune with the wedding style. As you can see, there are many factors to consider. But do not worry, here I summarize everything you need to know to make the right choice and that on your wedding day you can look radiant and feel comfortable with your shoes. Everyone will be dazzled with you, and I, as a photographer, will leave him duly immortalized in the images.

1. When to buy them?

Although it may seem strange to you, a very frequent oversight when choosing bridal shoes has to do with the moment of making the purchase. Busy on a multitude of issues that revolve around the wedding day, brides often underestimate this detail, which is not really a detail that should be left to chance. To avoid shocks, it is very important that you buy your shoes as soon as you have chosen your dress because this will not only allow you to check with confidence if it really matches the style of the set, but you can also have them in the process of making or arranging your dress, and you can even use them beforehand so that, when the big day comes, you will be truly comfortable. And please, no matter how long your dress is and you wear a two-meter tail, never think that nobody will look at your feet: you’ll see how many guests will ask you to show them. Definitely, bridal shoes increasingly play a central role in the bridal look. As a wedding photographer, I can assure you that I will also ask you to contemplate them so that you can take several photographs that will be absolutely incredible.

2. Are they comfortable?

Comfort is a decisive issue: if those shoes that you fell in love do not fit you, forget them and decide to choose others that fit better. Therefore, the first question you should ask yourself when choosing them is: can I wear these wedding shoes for so many hours? As you well know, brand new shoes can always lead to chafing and injury. To start to mold them you will have to use them at home several weeks before. You can speed up the process of adapting the shoes to your feet by smearing them with moisturizer inside and using them with thick socks. Another highly recommended option is to take them to the shoemaker to place them in a last for a few days or also, although with the care that this entails, introduce a water bag inside them and put them in the freezer. Both in one case and in the other you will get them to widen a little. Another highly recommended option, almost like a “b” plan, is that you have Compeed in your bag, a product that is applied in the areas most prone to suffer and that forms a kind of invisible film on your feet; This way you will avoid unpleasant moments with your shoes. Either way, it is good that you seriously think about the possibility of having a second pair of shoes, as a replacement, with which you find it much more comfortable to be at the party. Remember that your wedding will be a marathon session for your feet and that if you are not comfortable with them, that will affect your body attitude and could even ruin your day. Believe me, I have a long experience in the subject since I have lived it in a multitude of events.

3. What are your needs?

Before going out to choose the wedding shoes, it is essential that you have very clear three other elements in play that are decisive when looking for them: the place, the time of the year and the time of the day in which the wedding will take place. If you get married in winter, it is best to choose a closed shoe that protects you from cold and moisture. If you marry in summer, or even in spring, you will have to consider, in addition to the heat, the terrain. Wearing vertigo heels when you get married on the beach or in some outdoor space, be it grass or stone for example, would not be a very wise decision either. Keep in mind, on the other hand, that delicate and fun colors are for celebrations during the day; while, instead, the intense ones, metallic or bright, are ideal for the night.

4. What is the latest in form and design?

In recent decades, the supply of bridal shoes has grown exponentially, to the point that, the market today is incomparably larger than that of a few decades ago, like the one your mother or grandmother knew. But also, since the trends of bridal footwear are updated season after season, it is important that you know which are, in broad strokes, the main groups:

• Classic
• Wedges
• Of lace
• Glitter
• High sandals
• Flat sandals
• Ballerinas
• Rockers

Classic: the classic bridal shoe is characterized by a plain and simple style that, whether stiletto, peep toe, round toe or open at the back, will be the one that best accompanies a traditional bride during a solemn ceremony and a royal celebration. Precisely because of its classic elegance, this type of shoe is uniquely suitable for all types of dresses, weddings and times of the year. In any case, it never combines as well as when it is chosen as a complement for majestic princess-cut dresses and thick fabrics such as satin and satin; or also for short, simple or vintage style dresses. Some of the most famous brands of classic shoes are: Nicole, Alessandro Rinaudo and Unisa.

Wedges: that shoe that historically was a replacement for the bride, evolved and for some years has become the main shoe for her in her day. Wedges are the favorite footwear for outdoor ceremonies where surfaces are complicated, such as grass or stones, that can play tricks. Thanks to this footwear, you will feel very comfortable and calm knowing that they will be your allies during that wonderful day. They are ideal for boho or rustic brides. Some of the most outstanding firms in the manufacture of wedges are: Rosa Clará and Zendra Basic.

Lace: over the years, lace shoes have also undergone a real revolution in the market, and this thanks to the evolution that has been taking place in the fabrics and materials with which they are made. They are very different shoes, usually shoes and sandals, which nevertheless have something in common: they are all lined with white lace, uniquely inspiring of sweetness and romanticism. If your dress is rather simple and consists of light and plain fabrics, then do not hesitate: lace shoes may be your best option. There are currently three very prominent brands: Jimmy Choo and Egovolo.

Glitter: these shoes lined with glitter are increasingly booming for their extraordinary beauty but also for their great versatility. Regardless of the time of the year in which the wedding is celebrated or the style of the bride, the only one that these shoes will require of you will be bold to choose them and sobriety to not overload your dress too much. Remember that if you choose a pair of glitter shoes, all the prominence of your look should be transferred exclusively to your shoes.

High sandals: ideal for brides who marry in summer, but also accepted by the most stylish fleeing from the classic shoe, high heeled sandals are the perfect excuse to acquire footwear that will not only serve your wedding day but also in future events. They usually come in light tones such as white, gold and silver, and it is perfect to risk with the design and break with the conventions of the traditional bride. Among the most famous brands, the following deserve to be mentioned: LODI and Pronovias.

Flat sandals: fresh and summery, designed to enjoy an outdoor wedding, in direct contact with nature and especially for use on the beach, this type of footwear is designed for boho or rustic brides who prefer to make sure they enjoy it fully of his day without having to climb on high heels. Every day the offer of flat sandals grows more, so you will find a large assortment so you can choose the one that best suits your style. Today, the most prominent brands are: Aquazzura and Stuart Weitzman

Ballerinas: if you think flat sandals offer an image that is too decontracted for a special moment like a wedding, but in turn you don’t want to give up the comfort they provide, then the ballerinas are the perfect option for you. Elegant but sober style, designed for a not so hot time of the year and ideal for short or midi dress, vintage and pleated skirt or paddles, dancers are the best choice. In turn, the last thing in this shoe, which is all the rage in the USA, is ballet dancers. I recommend the following firms of bridal shoe store when it comes to dancers: Pretty Ballerina.

Rockers: if the conventions do not go with you and what you are looking for is a different shoe, which allows you to transmit your whole personality, avoiding equally prejudices and fashions, then this is the option for you. With a pair of rock shoes you can definitely give a stroke of style and originality, which will also be ideal for reuse in subsequent events. The offer is very varied because each brand emphasizes a different type of shoe. You can find, in Rosa Clará some original grid boots and in Pronovias some methacrylate shoes with stones; Both ideal for winter. For summer or spring, however, you can opt for the famous Valentino Rockstud, open from behind and adorned with tacks.

5. How to combine the wedding shoes with the wedding dress?

While it is true that it would be practically impossible to make a list of the different types of wedding shoes according to the different possible conditions in each specific case, we want to give you the greatest amount of elements so that you can make this decision without giving up good taste, not much less, in your personal style. In broad strokes we can say that if your wedding will be held during the day, it is preferable that you opt for softer and more cheerful tones, while if you do it during the night, you will be able to wear much more intense colors as well as metallic and glitter. On the other hand it is good that you know that brides prefer the white color in their shoes to contrast with the tones that the environment where the link will develop, whether in gardens or on the beach. This goes perfectly with the current trend of using rather bright and bright colors, such as pink in its various shades, blue to preserve tradition, silver for the night and multicolored for brides who like to be at the forefront.

 

Regarding the latter, let me tell you that if your wedding has a fun and playful tone, your shoes can have it too. Ultimately, the bride will always take all eyes and can break the protocols with dancers of bright colors, such as red or king blue, or quite the contrary, take a risk with a total gray look. In any case, keep in mind that white and ivory tones can vary and be difficult to combine. Therefore, try to choose a different color or seriously consider the option of dyeing your shoes so that they match perfectly with your dress. Not only will you be incredibly beautiful, but you will also help me make all my photographs equally unforgettable.

6. Will you allow me one last piece of advice?

When choosing bridal shoes, do not forget that the important thing, in addition to the comfort of the footwear, is that it responds in the best way to your personal taste. For example, if you decide to choose a long dress, but you are not used to wearing high shoes, forget about them! Choose the alternative that best suits you. The important thing is that you feel happier than ever. Always remember that about tastes there is nothing written, so be encouraged to be yourself who decides how and why combine that pair of shoes you have in mind with your dress and your wedding in general. That everything is made to your needs and that your style is followed in everything, just as you are, naturally. In this way you will feel safe of everything you have chosen, even the smallest detail, and that day you will transmit it: you will be radiant and everyone will be happy to be there, sharing with you that unique moment in your life.

As a wedding photographer in Ibiza, I am willing to capture forever, the soul of your ceremony and the passion of your party. I can make your love story be reflected in images that will last forever so that when you see them again you can relive, as many times as you want, all the love and the best memories of that unforgettable moment.
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