How to Find the Perfect Designer Bridal Shoes

The right shoe can finish a great outfit, and that's no more true when discussing designer bridal shoes!

We're sure you have a mighty long list of bridal accessories to shop for in order to complete your wedding day ensemble. And determining the best type of designer bridal shoes to go with your gorgeous gown, and finding the perfect pair, is almost certainly a top priority.

For some brides, it's the ultimate fashion adventure. A journey that almost eclipses the search for the wedding dress, while for other brides, deciding on a solid wedding shoe is as simple as considering comfort (which is key regardless of how much you value style).

Whatever your priorities may be, at the end of the day, your designer bridal shoes have a major role to fulfil. You have to like them, sure, but you also have to want to wear them. And for a very long period of time, over a solid, 15-plus hour day. So, they need to be comfortable.

But how do you figure out what type of designer bridal shoes is right for you? Today we delve into the subject, and share our hard-learned top tips!

Keep These Tips in Mind When Searching For Your Designer Bridal Shoes

Don't Leave Purchasing to the Last Minute

Our first golden rule is to not wait until the last minute to find, and buy your designer bridal shoes! Decide on the type of shoe you'd like early, and keep it in mind while you look for your gown. If you’re planning on shopping for shoes online, it’s always a good idea to buy early as sizes can sell out fast of popular styles. If the sizes run out, the lead time can be long, especially if it’s handmade.

If you get it before your wedding dress fitting (advisable), you’ll be able to wear it to ensure that it matches your dress and the hem is right. This will help you save alteration costs later down the road.

Define Your Bridal Style

It’s unlikely that you’re planning to buy your designer bridal shoes, and gown at the same shop. So having a firm grasp on your overall big day look is key to ensuring consistency. If you’re going for a more vintage or retro look, for example, make sure to match the style of your shoes to the same era.

Pay attention to any detailing or embellishments in your gown that could be echoed in your bridal footwear (subtly!), as well as specific materials (lace, satin, tulle, etc.) that could also be matched.

Wedding Dress Comes First

Even if you’ve stumbled upon the designer bridal shoes of your dreams, hold off purchasing them until you have a wedding dress to match. Unless, you just can't live without those shoes, then you better get 'em! You want your bridal footwear to complement your bridal gown in every aspect. From its style, and colour, down to every last detail and embellishment, and of course, the length of your dress matters too.

If you're going with a shorter dress, your shoes become a major statement accessory. And an opportunity for you to add colour, glamour, whimsy, romance, or simply a modern touch to your overall ensemble. Whereas, if your dress is a full-length gown, they're not going to be nearly as visible.

Watch Out for Killer Heels

If you're a regular wearer of 4-inch heels, then, by all means, go for 4 inches (10.16 cm) on your big day. For the rest of us, best to stay around 3 inches (7.5 cm) or below. For taller brides, don't feel you need to wear flat shoes. Your groom loves you enough to want to marry you, and will have figured out how tall you are by now!

Consider Your Wedding Venue

Just as you check the weather to make sure you’re wearing the appropriate footwear before venturing outside each day. We believe you should also consider your venue when selecting designer bridal shoes, especially if you're having an outdoor ceremony. A grass lawn or beach ceremony can be a real curveball when selecting wedding shoes, but can be easily solved if thought of ahead.

Choose the Right Size and Shape for Your Foot

Don't be afraid to ask in-store while trying on designer bridal shoes, for a couple of different sizes, in order to find the best fit. This is your special day, not the shop assistants, so ignore any semi-annoyed looks they may give you as you ask for another pair.

We'd recommend a round or open toe for comfort — which is much less likely to result in sore toes than pointy shoes.

Comfort Comes First

It can be hard not to solely focus on style, but if your feet are in so much pain that you need to take your shoes off in order to enjoy yourself… well, what's the point in wearing them? Your first consideration should be heel height: The higher the heel, the more pressure on the ball of your foot. A low-to-mid-height heel and even a chunkier heel will keep you standing and dancing comfortably that much longer, and there are plenty of gorgeous bridal flats out there, too.

Also, consider width, especially if you have narrow or wide feet. Shoes with laces or buckles offer adjustability in width, which will offer a perfect fit for anyone.

Wear Your Shoes In Before the Big Day

We all know the feeling of new shoes pinching. That's why it's so important to try and get your designer bridal shoes in advance, so you can start wearing them around the house for a few weeks before the big day. Trackies and wedding shoes whilst doing the ironing is hot, trust us! By doing this you'll be able to see if any areas rub, and have time to make small amendments by using shoe stretching solution

Make sure your groom also buys their shoes well before the big day, so they can wear them whilst they do the ironing too!

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