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Nowadays, wedding season seems to be any season of the year, so there is no time like the present to talk about one of the most important aspects of a foolproof bridal look – shoes. Thanks to this column from Shelley Brown, fashion and beauty editor at The Knot, we officially have the 411 for the best and worst shoes to wear on your wedding day. While the gorgeous heels pictured above might look dreamy, Shelley explains why shoes with this particular shape might actually be your worst nightmare on the day of.
With so much importance attached to the wedding dress, it can be easy to forget about the accessories that you will need to complete your look. One of the biggies? Your shoes. While some might say you should consider function over fashion, others will tell you it should be just as fabulous as the rest of your look. We're here to help you strike that happy balance. Read on for what style of shoes to avoid and what to wear instead.
While sky-high stilettos with a pointy toe are totally glamorous, they put all the pressure on your arches, the balls of your feet, and the edges of your toes (read: three times the pain). Unless you plan on walking down a short hallway and then immediately switching to apartments, this style should be skipped – especially if you want to rock heels in your photos and on the dance floor.
If you don't want to go without a classic pointy heel on your wedding day, choosing a style with a lower heel (70mm and below) is a good compromise. You still get the leg-lengthening effect of a pointy toe without putting as much strain on the rest of your feet. While this style is still not the most comfortable (you'll feel the pinch of your pointy toe at some point), it's a great place to start if you're looking to wear stilettos. Plus, you can always transform yourself into a more comfortable couple after your ceremony and photos.
Not only is a block heel on trend, it also gives you height without the added pain of a stiletto. The thick heel, supportive sole, and low arch make these pretty, pearl-encrusted sandals almost as comfortable as flats. Just be sure to keep the ankle strap loose to avoid blisters and irritation during the day.
Platforms bring the footballs above the platform closer to the height of your heel and relieve the arches of your foot and your ankles. The thicker sole also provides more cushioning between your foot and the hard ground, which is always a plus. Formal and just a little funky, this pair of pink satins is perfect for the fashion-conscious bride looking for shoes that are a little off the beaten track.
Apartments are a breeze for the wedding day if you are looking for maximum comfort. And thanks to a range of fabulously ornate styles (like the flat version of the coveted Manolo Blahnik Hangisi), you don't have to forego the luxurious look usually associated with bridal shoes. However, when looking for apartments, look for a couple that will suit the mood and location of your wedding. If you're having a casual affair in the back yard, skipping the satin and sparkle and opting for a simpler pair of ballet flats is perfect.
If you never wear heels and are completely focused on the aesthetics of the sport, you should balance the tradition with a pair of white sneakers. The crystal encrusted buckle on these is a chic touch, while the white leather upper and rubber sole have a great cool girl appeal. Do you love the idea but not sure how to style it? Combine your bridal steps with a streamlined pant suit or a shorter dress.
Much like block heels and platforms, wedges have a larger surface area than high-heels (assuming they're not too narrow), which makes them generally more stable and easier to step on. Wedges are also great for outdoor weddings as they won't sink into grass or stumble over rough terrain, but they will still work in a formal or semi-formal setting.
If your wedding is on the beach, on a boat, or with a general nautical vibe, these canvas slippers will look casual and feel right at home in a seaside location. The flat, braided floors provide you with a stable foundation so you won't succumb to sand or a rocky boat ride.
The practical advantages of flat sandals are obvious: no strain on your arches or ankles, no unsafe heels and no toe boxes that crush your toes. If you think flat sandals are an uninspiring choice for your walk, think again. From 3D flowers, laser-cut details, and crystal embellishments, there's no shortage of pretty, wedding-worthy options to choose from.
Open-toe ankle boots are just made for a rustic or vintage-inspired affair. Unlike their closed toe counterparts, they allow your toes to lie flat for maximum comfort, since clenched toes are generally not happy toes. Pro Tip: If a open toe rubs or pinches your skin, add a strip of moleskin for a smooth buffer.
This post was originally published earlier and has been updated since then.
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