When it comes to bridal accessories, wedding shoes are one of the most important. For those looking for vintage styles, there are plenty to choose from since traditional wedding shoes have changed over time depending on the style trends of the day. For instance, in the 1920s styles ranged from sparkling pumps to low heel Mary Janes, in the 1930s strappy styles were the rage, in the 1940s brides sported open-toed, chunky-heeled shoes that matched the dress, and in the 1950s ivory satin shoes were popular. Think of your shoes as the finishing touch to complete your wedding day look. It might even mean adding color. That’s right, wedding shoes don’t have to be white.
Today, you can find vintage wedding shoe styles or go with one of the popular designer shoes available. The traditional rule of thumb is to have your shoes complement your dress, but while style is important, comfort is equally important because the bride is on her feet most of the special day. We’re talking about 15 hours or more. And don’t forget the father/daughter dance! You certainly don’t want your feet killing you for that memorable moment. With this in mind, once you find the perfect shoes, be sure to wear them so they are broken in before your wedding day.
If you decide on a shoe with a high heel, how high is too high? The answer to this question rests with the bride. The real question is how high can you walk in gracefully? You want to glide down the aisle, not look like you’re trying to balance on stilts. And think about the rest of the environment you’ll be walking through. Wedding photos in the garden, cobblestone walkways, walking on a boardwalk with cracks – all these kinds of things should be taken into consideration when choosing your shoes.
One more thing to think about when considering the height of wedding shoes, is how tall it will make you. Some brides try not to appear taller than the groom. If this matters to a couple, it is one more thing that will influence the height of the shoes worn.
If you decide to go with tradition, a rule of etiquette when it comes to wedding shoes, is that the bride does not go barefoot, unless maybe she is on the beach or playing the shoe game at the wedding reception. So it’s a good idea to have a pretty pare of flats for backup in case your feet really start to hurt from wearing heels all day.