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Ultimate Guide: How To Choose The Best Wedding Shoes For The Bride

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Ultimate Guide: How To Choose The Best Wedding Shoes

It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for.

You’re there, in your dress on the day of your wedding.
It’s almost time to go.
You look down at your wedding shoes.

You know you should put them on, but they hurt so much, you’re absolutely petrified your feet will be in agony all day or even worse – you’ll fall over.

How did you pick the wrong pair of wedding shoes? They looked so perfect in the store and matched your dress beautifully. Now you’d rather go with no shoes than wear those!

But guess what? This doesn’t have to be the situation for you. You can pick a pair of wedding shoes that let you glide down the aisle (that look pretty and are comfortable to wear too).

That’s why this is going to be your ultimate guide on how to choose the best wedding shoes for you.

It can actually be very easy for a bride-to-be to choose the wrong wedding shoes. Some brides feel like they have to look a certain way or uphold a certain tradition, and this can be really challenging. That’s why we always remind couples who visit The Wedding Gallery that your wedding is about you, and it doesn’t matter whether you want to wear stilettos or pumps, as long as you’re comfortable.

Wearing something you’re not comfortable in on your wedding day is not only a recipe for disaster, but it also means you’ll enjoy the day less. And we don’t want that for you.

Which means that if you are on the hunt for a pair of wedding shoes, it’s useful to consider what you actually want before you go out into the big wide world of shoe shops. Not only will this help make sure you’re picking a pair of shoes that match your dress and fit with the theme of your wedding, it’ll also make sure you feel a million dollars, because you’ve chosen the shoes that are right for you.

So how can you pick a perfect pair of wedding shoes without sacrificing the pain it can cause to wear heels?

Here are a few pointers we recommend you try and remember:

You need to be able wear them

This isn’t rocket science. Don’t fall in love with a pair of skyscraper heels if you can’t spend five minutes in them. You’re going to be in these shoes all day so you’ve got to go for a pair that you can actually walk in (and dance in). And don’t worry if you can’t wear heels at all – there are lots of lovely cute flat wedding shoes out there.

Try and make them special

Your wedding shoes need to make you feel amazing. They don’t have to be plain and simple. Try and find some with a special detail or even better, personalise them yourself.

Wear them in

You don’t want your first time to walk properly in these shoes to be when you’re walking down the aisle. Wear them around the house before the wedding so your feet get used to them.

Get your shoes after you pick your dress…but before you get measured for it

You obviously want to pick your dress first so you can get shoes to match it. But did you know you’ll need your heel size in order to be properly measured for your dress? This is so your dressmaker can adjust your dress accordingly.

Match your theme

If you have a pair of shoes in mind that you’ve been dreaming of since you were a little girl, go for it. If not, try and match your wedding theme. For instance, pumps would be perfect for an outdoor wedding, or some cute sandals if you’re having a destination wedding.

Try on some different pairs

You might fall in love with the first pair of wedding shoes you see, but we’d always recommend trying on more than one pair. If you find a designer you love, you can take your pick of what they have available.

Pamper your feet

You deserve a head-to-toe pampering session for your wedding, and your feet are included in that. Give yourself a pedicure before your wedding day so your feet are soft and your nails are in great condition. They’ll also look great in your honeymoon pictures!

Make them personal

Whether you go for coloured shoes, add some detail to them or even engrave your wedding date to the sole – there are lots of ideas to add a personal touch to your wedding shoes.


On the long list of bridal accessories, wedding shoes are at the top. It’s your whole outfit, so of course they’re important. Your wedding shoes have a big role to fulfill. But as long as you love them and you feel comfortable in them, you can pick any pair of wedding shoes you want.

Because let’s be honest…you’ll probably kick them off after the first dance anyway 😉

And if you want some help choosing your wedding, shoes, Emmy London are in town!

Luxury Bridal Shoe and Accessory designer Emmy Scarterfield will be at The Wedding Gallery on Saturday14th April. Whether you’ve already found The Dress and now need the perfect shoes and accessories or looking to add that sparkle to your bridal party, this is an opportunity not to be missed. With an extended range of exclusive pieces, for all your bridal party, Emmy and the team will be at The Gallery and on hand to offer their expertise and style to your outfit. Offering one to one consultations or a relaxed expert opinion, book your appointment to browse the store here or contact the team at The Wedding Gallery on to confirm your one to one consultation.

By Holly Sutton

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