If you consider yourself a fashionista, than you know that the devil is in the details. Wedding shoes are no exception. Wedding attire and wedding style go hand-in-hand.
But, how do you pick the perfect pair?
Luxe Footwear History
Although we are talking about wedding footwear for all, I though it would be fun to discuss the history of the high heel and wedding footwear first.
The origin of the wedding high heel is sketchy. Some say it was in ancient Egypt where they were adorned with jewels and gems to represent power, fertility, wealth and beauty. By 1000 BC, high heels were being used for walking across muddy surfaces, which evolved into a symbol of status and power due to the difficulty in maintaining balance while wearing them on uneven terrain or cobble stones. Others say it was in ancient Greece around 500 B.C. where they were worn by prostitutes to distinguish them from the upper class women who wore sandals.
They became popular among Egyptian noblemen because their feet resembled that of a jackal’s paw – an animal considered sacred at this time! Wedding footwear had become so important that the association of luxurious accessories with historical Egypt continues to this day.
A New Wave of Style
As you can see, wedding footwear is steeped in history and tradition. Yet, others consider Christian Louboutin as the “godfather” of the luxury shoe industry due to their unique approach on design by creating a platform at height that would give women more height making them look slimmer while accentuating muscular legs. This gave birth to another popular style called “the friend” or spike heels for many celebrities who walked down red carpets wearing these iconic shoes with the red bottom.
How Do You Find The Perfect Wedding Shoe
Pick Your Outfit First
Start by picking your outfit first. Wedding shoes should be consistent with the overall design of your ensemble, so take a look at what you are wearing. Are you wearing a dress? A suit? Do you want to go for an elegant style or something more modern? If you still aren’t sure about how it will work together, consider going shopping with some accessories and try.
Comfort and Style
Wedding shoes should be comfortable and stylish. Weddings generally last eight hours or more, some even go far into the wee hours of the morning (hello Vegas!). It’s a long day. You are going to need the support. The last thing you want to do on your special day is hobble down the aisle because your feet hurt from wearing the wrong fit shoe all night long. You want a comfortable pair of wedding shoes because let’s face it; your feet will probably hurt after standing during pictures for three hours.
Don’t forget about style either!
While we recommend that you opt for comfort rather than beauty, we also want you to add a little dazzle into your ensemble. The shoes need to suit your sense of fashion perfectly and make an impression with its appearance too. Let the comfort of the shoe reflect your style. Be bold with it. It is your wedding after all.
The style depends on if you’re having an outdoor summer wedding in high-heels or indoor winter affair where comfort trumps fashion…for once!
Take Your Time
When shopping for the perfect wedding shoes, remember not to rush or settle for less than what’s best. It takes time to find truly special items, especially when considering timeless pieces such as wedding footwear. Whether you want glittery heels or lace flats, shop around until you find a pair that you love.
Wedding season typically happens within six months of each year (May through October), this means that many couples are shopping around the same time. Begin to shop early to find the best options. Wedding shoes can be an expensive purchase so it is best to take your time and find the perfect pair that fits all of your needs for this special occasion.
Wedding Shoes: Find Inspiration
Before investing in a couture shoe, be sure to follow a few designers and browse online to get a sense of what you like before going out and buying. Be open minded and consider a variety of styles. Wedding shoes are not one size fits all, so be open and see what speaks to you!
Perfection No Matter What
As a reminder, what ever you choose in the end is exactly how it’s supposed to be…PERFECTLY FLAWLESS! There’s no such thing as the perfect shoe when it comes to wedding attire because every person has her own unique style – but with these tips in mind, finding your dream pair will be simple.
Now, head to the dance floor and drink your champagne! It’s going to be an amazing night!