Wedding Shoes

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Rule No. 1 for bridal footwear: It's the comfort, stupid

by Samantha Critchell, Associated Press

It seems like a no-brainer to advise brides to get shoes that are comfortable.

But it's a tip Mindy Weiss finds herself repeating to her clients.

Weiss, a celebrity wedding planner and author of "The Wedding Book," says brides are overly eager to compromise comfort for fashion. Here are her tips:

Go-to shape: Choose a strappy sandal or a pump. Mule and slingbacks can be hard to keep on your feet and they make a clopping sound.
Touch Ups - Gemini (White Satin) - Footwear
Touch Ups - Gemini (White Satin) - Footwear
Get glamorous in this gorgeous open toe pump. Dyeable satin upper features eye-catching ornamentation. Lightly padded footbed. Leather sole. The perfect shoe for your special occasion!

Coloriffics - Donna (Ivory Matte Satin) - Footwear
Coloriffics - Donna (Ivory Matte Satin) - Footwear
Posted sling-back with a pointed toe. Satin upper. Pleated vamp detail has rhinestone accents. Elasticized heel strap. Leather sole.

Wedding thong: Flip-flops are fine if the wedding isn't formal.
I Do Wedding Flip Flops
"I Do" Wedding Flip Flops

Pick shoes first: Buy the shoes before your first gown fitting. Wear them to each fitting to make sure the hem is right.

Which white: Don't wear white shoes with an ivory gown or ivory shoes with a white one.

Color is cool: It's OK to wear a color like blue if you feel like it.
Nina - Cyrus (Electric Blue) - Footwear
Nina - Cyrus (Electric Blue) - Footwear
The glitzy 'Cyrus' sandal from Nina Shoes is perfect for a night out on the town. Satin or metallic leather upper. Elasticized sling-back strap. Lightly padded footbed. Covered heel. Non-skid sole.

All that glitters: Watch out for rhinestones; they can snag the dress. If you really love sparkly shoes, run a piece of delicate fabric over them to see if they cause snags.

Avoid the nosedive: Scuff the bottom of the shoes with sandpaper before wearing them.

Au naturel: Bare feet are for the beach.

Mandy Weiss tips are available at Piperlime

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