In choosing a pair of bridal shoes, you may be overwhelmed by the large selection available to you. You may even wonder if there are any out there that will do your dress to perfection and match your flair. To help you make up your mind, consider a few essential factors. Then you’ll be able to choose the best wedding shoes for you.
When you think of your bridal gown, is it formal or casual? If you have chosen a gown with a classic V-neckline, you want to choose a pair of bridal shoes with a very formal look. You would most likely want a pair of stilettos, preferably in ivory or beige, that has the perfect roundness to complement your perfectly pointed wedding dress.
Next, take stock of your price range. Do you plan on having your bridal shoes designed professionally? If so, then you have a little more wiggle room on your budget. You can find all sorts of styles and prices at discount stores and even in online outlet stores.
But for those who would rather skip the professionals and go it alone, plenty of styles are available that fall into the budget range. If you don’t mind a slightly lower quality, you can find styles made from satin, mesh, or canvas. Satin shoes are an excellent choice for a bridal ensemble as they offer a very polished and beautiful finish. Mesh and canvas are beautiful, with smooth, shimmering effects that complement the dress and bridal jewellery. A word of warning: Satin shoes are not always the most comfortable! As with any shoe, they should be fitted correctly to avoid discomfort.
Once you’ve selected the type of shoe you like, take a look at the heel height. It is a significant factor. In getting the perfect fit, the heel should be neither too high nor too low. For instance, if you choose a satin pair of shoes with a low heel of four inches, you should choose a heel height of about two and a half inches. If you choose a pair with a high heel of four and a half inches, the heel should be no higher than your ankle.
Bridal heels need to be a comfortable fit, so pay special attention to the straps and closures of the shoe. Some high heels, particularly pumps, come equipped with a removable, adjustable, lace-up strap. These straps should be closed under your foot for a snug, comfortable fit. In addition, the straps should not dig into or pull the skin of the foot. It is also advisable to make sure your straps are closed properly; failing to do so can result in chafing and possible injury.
Some bridal shoes offer a “Lavender” or “Gouldian” sole. These soles are made from a soft leather material that feels great on the feet. Although they are not very rigid, they are very comfortable. The “Lavender” sole will need to be closely examined when finding a bridal flat with the perfect flat. The underside of the “Lavender” sole will need to have enough space for your toes to move freely. If there is not enough room, the flat may press into the side of your foot, causing blisters to develop.
Once you’ve narrowed down your search to the type of shoe you like, it’s time to shop. eBay is a great place to look for sales on bridal shoes. First, browse through the eBay gallery for styles that match your budget and size. Also, consider using the free shipping option on eBay. The shipping is usually less than buying the item at a department store, and the price range for these shoes is much smaller than for a designer shoe at an upscale department store.