Tips for Buying Wedding Shoes That are Comfortable and Stylish

By Tammie Jo , last updated June 7, 2011

Of course you want wedding shoes that are both comfortable and stylish! From walking down the aisle to the last dance at the reception, you may be on your feet for many hours on the day of your wedding. Uncomfortable shoes can ruin your evening and get the honeymoon off to a bad start if you’re stuck nursing bruised arches and blistered heels days after the "I Dos."

Select shoes that are a more glamorous version of something you’re already used to wearing. In addition to feeling comfortable, you want to feel confident on your wedding day. Teetering on stiletto heels for the first time in your life as you walk down the aisle is not going to look or feel good. A pair of ballerina flats or low-heeled pumps can be just as stylish as mile-high shoes, especially if the bride moves gracefully in them.

Buy the highest quality shoes you can afford. Some brides are willing to spend several thousands of dollars on a wedding dress but don’t want to invest in a good pair of wedding shoes because “they’re just for one day.” There are two great ways to counteract that kind of thinking. One way is to buy a pair of dyeable shoes that you love the shape and feel of. After the wedding, have them dyed black and you’ll have a fantastic pair of evening shoes to wear again and again. A second approach is to veer from the traditional white and purchase shoes in a color you wear often, maybe one that coordinates with your wedding theme. Shoes in soft metallic tones of gold, silver or platinum are also appropriate for a wedding and can be worn every summer when metallics are always hot.

On the practical side of comfort, remember to buy shoes that are appropriate for the season and venue in which you’ll be married. Even if you find them comfortable, strappy sandals are not going to look stylish with a winter-themed dress and crystal-embellished heels will look foolish on the beach.

Whichever shoes you decide on, spend time breaking them in by wearing them around the house and out for an errand now and then. And don’t forget to tuck a comfy pair or flats into your bridal emergency bag just in case!

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