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So you’ve found your match made in shoe heaven but… they hurt like hell. Pain vs pretty – which should win on your wedding day?

Your Wedding Day is a long time to suffer in painfully pinchy skyscraper shoes. Your face is trying to say serene but underneath your wedding frock your feet are screaming. Now I like an excuse to go shoe shopping as much as the next B2B but for my Big Day I’m channelling Cinderella and slipping into shoes that not only fit to perfection but will allow me to dance at my Ball – or reception disco – all night long (in the words of Sir Lionel of Richie….) So how do you ensure the shoe fits? Apparently it’s all down to…

NOT BEING SWAYED BY SHOES THAT DON’T FIT

Because sorry, no they won’t stretch and no, you won’t grow into them. They’ll just hurt, have you walking strangely and leave you begging for a flip-flop. Avoid pointy shoes too which could cause your toes to cross over too. Ideally your toes should have about a quarter of an inch between them and your shoe tip. Don’t be surprised to find that one foot is bigger than the other – it’s actually quite common. If this is you, buy shoes that fit your bigger foot and use insoles in the bigger shoe.

FINDING YOUR SHOE OF DREAMS WITH HEELS LESS THAN 4 INCHES HIGH

Because higher heels tend to throw your weight forward on to the balls of your feet. We’re talking bunion city people! Pretty shoes but pretty ugly feet inside them! Oh, and can I just add a major consideration when buying heels: don’t ever go so high as to make your groom look a sawn-off. He won’t thank you when you’re towering over him in the photos. Though the Best Man will thank you for the extra ammunition about ‘his little friend’ come speech time…

NOT GOING STRAPLESS

For three reasons. 1. wearing mules means that the sole of your shoe is constantly flicking against your foot (which could become a pain in more ways than one) 2. they have the potential to fly off your foot during a particularly fabulous dance move and decapitate Uncle Alan. And 3. strapless shoes cause your toes to ‘claw’ at your shoes to keep them on. And after a while, that hurts…

PAMPERING YOUR PLATES

I never feel sexier than when I’m wearing my Bliss Softening Socks, £39 in bed! (*ahem) They feel a bit slimy when you first slip them on thanks to the gel lining, but by the morning, you’re in total tootsie heaven. It’s all thanks to the moisturisers in the lining that seep through as your skin warms up.  Y’see, wearing socks to bed is totally okay… even if you opt for good ole vaseline under cotton socks.

GOING SHOE SHOPPING IN THE AFTERNOON

It’s a tough ask to tell a girl when to shoe shop but to ensure the shoe fits, you’re best off heading out in the morning. That’s because feet swell during the day so you may end up buying a larger size than you actually need. You don’t really want to lose your slipper (Cinders) as you’re walking – then limping – up the aisle…

GOING NAKED AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE

On the run-up to the big day, vary the height of the heels you wear. It’s sensible to get used to your wedding shoes but kick them off and go lower – or better yet barefoot – as much as poss. That’ll let your soles breathe too – aka de-pong them….

So have you found your shoe ‘I do’? You’ll need to take your heels to your first dress fitting so if you’re still debating which to buy, at least decide on your heel height. Happy shoe shopping!

Sarah x


Comments

  • I always wear a nice flat shoe. I still stacked it walking down the aisle though.

    6 years ago : Maddy Court
  • God I wish had read this before I bought my wedding shoes. I chose a beautiful but very painful Jimmy Choo bridal slingback. They were too high and were pure agony. They are a thing of beauty but will probably never adorn my feet again.

    6 years ago : Raquelmylove
    • But I bet you’re still secretly glad you have them still I bet. Hope you got a shoe-on-silk-cushion shot before you slung off your slingbacks x

      6 years ago : Sarah Green
  • My feet are a baby soft version of their former scaley selves thanks to these socks. Great recommendation. I’ll be revisiting your site regularly

    6 years ago : Ilovelukie
    • Thank you. Hope Lukie is loving your smooth soles too x

      6 years ago : Sarah Green
  • I’m sad to say that I have spent a fortune on shoes that hurt even when I’m standing still at my trial. I wish I’d read this first

    6 years ago : Davesdoll



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