When I got engaged, I immediately knew that the journey for finding the perfect dress and perfect shoes would be quite long. Most of the brides usually choose the dress like a high priority and don’t pay too much attention to shoes. For me, it was slightly more difficult. Those, who know me very well, know that I have a “small” shoe obsession. Therefore, knowing that both dress and shoes will be a priority for me, I started searching wedding dresses, and I even started trying wedding shoes, when I passed along a shopping mall. However, the mistake I made (luckily without any consequences because I didn’t buy anything by then) was that I started looking for the perfect shoes before I knew our wedding venue! And so this is my first and most important rule:
Choose your venue before choosing your dress and shoes
So important and yet I did not realise it until my wedding coordinators reminded me so!
I highly recommend focusing on finding your dream venue first. The reason behind it is that you have to consider the surface of your venue- uneven rocky surface, gravel, grass or even mud when choosing outside ceremony or outdoor shooting. You certainly don’t want to walk down the aisle with your Manolo Blahnik stilettos on, getting stuck your heel in the mud or in between rocks, am I right?
Also, you should consider the venue theme before purchasing your attire. If you’re having a very informal outdoor wedding, princess-looking dress with a layered skirt, Swarowski embroidered top, and Jimmy Choo glittered shoes will not be the right choice.
Practical and timeless or one time wear
Before you splurge a decent amount, you need to decide whether you prefer simple and timeless shoes that can be worn even after your wedding day. Or you just want something wedding like- all white leather, satin & lace that can hardly be worn ever again but you would still enjoy looking at them in your closet because they would always remind you your special day.
How to find the perfect shoes and avoiding stilettos
Yes, it is hard to find feminine and not cheap looking shoes if you have an outdoor wedding and you simply don’t dare to put stilettos on.
I have decided to go for timeless shoes; I can enjoy wearing many times even after my wedding because I don’t like wasting my money on something I would only wear once. I knew I wanted sandals in mid-height, preferably with a wider heel, so when I found Stuart Weitzman NearlyNude, I knew this is my ultimate choice. In my opinion, this model is perfect for wedding, whether you are the bride or a guest and I would especially prefer colours Adobe Aniline, Hush Aniline, Silver Metallic or White Nappa.
Other shoes I would consider, if you like minimalistic and simple style yet want to be slightly different, is Mansur Gavriel leather slingback.
In case a block heel is a no go
If you already know from the beginning that the only option for you is a picture-perfect pair of heels and your wedding is mainly inside or on the tile surface, then I would recommend taking a look at the followings:
Christian Louboutin Decolette 85 mm– this model is, in my opinion, one of the few comfortable shoes from Christian Louboutin. Please be advised that those shoes fit true to size or run slightly bigger. I have a half size (EU 40.5), and I fit a size 40.
Christian Louboutin Pigalle 85 mm- the same applies to this model.
Jimmy Choo Bridal collection– Jimmy Choo house has by far the most comfortable shoes I have ever tried when it comes to high heels. They also run bigger so consider buying a half size smaller. They offer a big variety of strappy sandals (Ivette, Emily) or classy Romy pumps, which you can find in many colours and fabrics. I would also recommend the Romy pumps in neutral colour if you are seeking for quality timeless pumps.
Manolo Blahnik wedding collection– Sex in the city Hangisi model with the iconic jewel on the front of the shoe. In my opinion, this is the type of shoes you need to mature into. It is a very festive looking shoe that completely elevates your outfit and is not for every occasion, however, if the price is not the issue and your wedding will be formal, I would recommend these shoes.
And what’s your favourite designer for wedding shoes? Or would you like me to write an article about high street wedding shoes as well? Please leave me a comment below, and I will be more than happy to do so.