In life, you fall into one of two categories: you’re a shoe person, or you’re not a shoe person.
The shoe person can strut her way into any store, from bargain bins to high-end boutiques, and you can guarantee she will come out with an enviable purchase every time. Never phased by chaotic sales racks, they can’t resist treating themselves to a new pair on payday and know exactly what they want for their big day.
Alternatively, you could be a bride who has found herself falling into the latter category. You’re blindsided by all the options, ambushed by a flurry of sandals and slingbacks left, right and centre. The wedding day is rapidly approaching but you can’t get past the first page of online shopping search results without getting flustered. Sound familiar? Well call off the search party, as we’re here to offer a helping hand in finding those dream wedding shoes that will make Cinderella’s glass slippers look like bin bags (unless that’s the vibe you’re going for, of course).
1) Donʼt give up too quickly
If you’re not a shoe person, you may just want to get the shoe-buying over and done with so that you can focus on the elements of your wedding that excite you more. Understandable, but much like your spouse-to-be: if you don’t love them, they’re definitely not The One. Take your time and make sure you’re certain that you’re happy: your perfect pair is out there!
2) Always keep your venue in mind
It’s easy to get caught up in a whirlwind romance with those sky-high stilettos you tried on, but just remember that they may not be the best choice for a romantic beach ceremony or a quirky festival gathering. There’s only one type of head-over-heels that you want to be when walking down the aisle, and it doesn’t involve you landing flat on your face.
3) Experiment with different colours…
Remember that wedding shoes don’t always need to be white! You can be dazzling in a darker shade or rocking rose gold–you can even add a fun pop of colour if that’s more your style. Metallics, depending on the colour that you go for, can give your look a chic edge or a classic vintage feel or there might even be another wedding accessory that catches your eye to match them to. Bottom line: give other colours a chance, as they may just surprise you.
4) …But make sure it still looks right with your dress
If you don’t want to lug your dress around with you while shoe shopping, you may be able to get a sample of the fabric cut–if you’re getting your dress altered or having it custom made, it’s definitely worth asking your seamstress. Alternatively, snap a few photos of the dress to take with you, and try to take them in natural light so that you get the truest reflection of the colour.
5) Pinterest is your friend
Uninspired? Start pulling together some Pinterest boards of wedding outfits that have caught your eye or shoe styles that you like, even if they’re not necessarily wedding shoes. You can then get a better idea of what to search for–are you pinning a lot of lacy flats or is your board covered in kitten heels?
6) Check out some vintage fairs
If you feel like you’re seeing the same things over and over again or just begrudge forking out a lot of money for a pair of shoes you don’t think you’ll ever wear again, then don’t! You can get some truly unique pieces at vintage fairs and charity shops that are sometimes completely unworn. Worst case scenario? You’ll come out with a few more cosy vintage jumpers for when you’re nursing your champagne hangover the next morning.
7) Donʼt worry about anyone else
It’s completely normal to feel worried about what everyone else will think, but the single most important thing is to buy shoes that make you feel like the best version of yourself. The same goes for your dress, and with styles from size 6-36 there’s sure to be something that’s truly ʻyouʼ from top to bottom at our Maidstone store in Kent.
Why not book an appointment and pay us a visit? We’ll make sure the dress-buying process is a breeze, even if the shoe-buying isn’t!