If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, shoes are her lover. Closer to your heart than any other accessory, more personal and more complicated than any one piece of clothing. This makes buying shoes for your wedding very tricky. You want to wear the 4 inch platform pumps that you fell in love with but, can you manage those shoes for this long period of time? You want to be stylish and comfortable at the same time but, it doesn’t always work out that way. There may have to be some compromise.
The trend toward self-service has led to an unfortunate side-effect: not knowing what size shoe you should buy. Almost 20% of all women do not buy the correct size shoe so it is important before you set your heart on a pair of shoes that are not suited for your feet, have your foot properly sized up. In addition to the actual shoe size you will want to make note of the width of your foot and (oddly enough) the length of your toes and the arch.
Buying shoes that fit:
If you are trying on a pair of mules and the back of your foot hangs over the back of the shoe, they are too small.
If the shoe has more than 1/2 inch of space between the end of your toes and the end of the shoe, it might not be the right size or style.
If you can’t wiggle your toes, move on. The ‘toe box’ area should have enough room to wiggle your toes.
Consider a wedge heel since it offeres more support for the entire foot.
If you are not comprtable wearing 3 or 4″ heels, don’t buy them for your wedding day. You will be miserable all day long. Try a kitten heel instead.
Dont buy shoes that are snug thinking you can break them in to fit your foot. They should fit comfortably at the time of purchase.
Always try on shoes in the aftenoon or evening. You’ve been walking around all day and your feet are more likely to let you know what feels good or bad.
Do wear the shoes a few times to avoid getting blisters from any new stress points. This will relax them a bit and although it will not change the siez, they will feel more comfortable on your wedding day.
To really avoid foot pain for your wedding, consider buying a second pair of shoes that are attractive and more comfortable. At he point when your feet become exhausted you can inconspicuously change into the other pair to provide yourself some relief.For the second pair of shoes, select something that will be comfortable for dancing.
Just like clothing, shoes are made differently and cut for different shapes of feet. A pair of size 7 shoes can fit two pair of size 7 feet very differently. Talk to the salesperson about how that brand runs. Stuart Weitzman are notoriously narrow and even buying a bigger size won’t solve that problem.
Style does not have to be thrown out the window to be comfortable if you shop smart and if the shoe fits…… BUY IT!
-Penny Frulla for Bridal Expo Chicago