Wedding shoes for the organized and practical bride

It’s springtime in the Southern Hemisphere, and spring is always a popular season for weddings. I’ve been invited to 3 weddings over the next 3 months. I’ve accepted all the invitations and will attend these weddings, even though they are being held in 2 different countries, in different continents even!

All these wedding invitations made me think that I should write about weddings and bridal shoes. I feel that the word ‘wedding’ is an excuse to double the price of anything. For instance, flowers, stationery, dinner or cake – add in the words ‘for a wedding’, and suddenly the price is double what it usually costs, even though it’s not any fancier.

Another thing I’ve realized, especially if a bride is looking for a dress or shoes, is that the word ‘white’ doesn’t seem to exist. Instead of ‘white’, this colour is described as cream, ivory, pearl, snow, or even champagne-coloured. Yes, there really are 50 shades of white.

Also, bridal shoes seem to only come in one style – the strappy stiletto. Even if that may not be what you want to wear. So this post is about how to have comfortable shoes on your wedding day. Let’s say you’ve chosen to wear stilettos or heels for the big day. My advice would be to break them in before the wedding day. A few weeks before the wedding, spend one whole day wearing the chosen bridal shoes. This gives you an idea of what the shoes will feel like, and also gives you time to recover from any resulting blisters. There’s nothing worse than being in pain from wearing uncomfortable shoes on a day as important as your wedding. If there’s going to be dancing, be sure to practice dancing while wearing the bridal shoes.


Gel insoles can be used to make stilettos more comfortable (Photo by Chang Shih Yen).

You can increase the comfort level of stilettos by putting gel insoles inside your stilettos. You can get them for your heels or balls of your feet. If you wear stilettos to a beach wedding or a garden or outdoor wedding, the stiletto heels are going to sink into the sand, grass or mud. Unless you plan on walking on tip toes the whole time (not recommended because it’s uncomfortable and you look like a moron!), one option is to get heel stoppers. These are kind of like plugs that you fit on to the bottom of the heels of stilettos and they stop the stilettos from sinking into sand or mud when outdoors.

Another option for the practical bride is just to wear flats. Who says you have to wear strappy stilettos to a wedding? Especially if you’re wearing a long wedding dress that will cover your shoes anyway, you might as well choose to wear comfortable shoes. Who’s going to be looking at your shoes when you’re wearing a wedding dress?


Flat Mary-Jane style shoes for the practical bride (Photo by Jenna Maxwell).

If all else fails, have a back-up pair of shoes somewhere, and you can slip them on after all the formal photos have been taken.