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While your wedding dress naturally takes centre stage on your big day, your wedding shoes are an integral part of your overall bridal look and a lot of care and attention needs to go into finding the perfect pair.

With this in mind, here are eight crucial things to consider when purchasing the perfect pair of wedding shoes.

Start your search online

Rather than traipsing from bridal shop to bridal shop, the best place to find inspiration for bridal footwear is online. Get a feel for what’s out there and use social media sites like Pinterest to decide on the style, colour and height you’re looking for.

Comfort is key

As a bride, it’s easy to get carried away with the look, or cost, of your shoes but comfort should be your top priority. After all, you’ll be the one wearing them from the moment you walk down the aisle to the last dance.

Consider your venue

When picking out the perfect pair of wedding shoes, it’s essential to consider the terrain. If you have to walk on cobbles, grass or sand, high heels may not be a great option. Bare feet or flat shoes work well at beach weddings, but if you’ve got your heart set on a wedding with cobbles or grass a set of clear heel stoppers will keep you from getting stuck.

It’s also worth considering what weather might do to your shoes, especially if you’re having an outdoor ceremony with a chance of some rain. Either pick your shoes accordingly or have a backup plan for the drizzle.

Make it personal

There are loads of options, ranging from simple satin shoes to sparkly princess heels, but keep in mind your own personal style. If you’ve never worn heels in your life, don’t feel pressured into investing in brand new skyscraper heels.

You need to be comfortable with your choice and the perfect pair will reflect your personality while complementing the dress. If you’re known for an outlandish dress sense, why not pick out a pair of brightly coloured shoes or have the soles personalised?

Second guess satin

While satin shoes are versatile enough to complement most wedding dresses without damaging the fabrics your dress is made from, think twice before splashing out.

If you’re planning to spend a lot of money on shoes, it might be worth investing in a pair that’s a bit less traditional and gentle on your dress fabric that you’ll see a bit more use out of after the big day.

Swap sky scrapers for ballet flats

Not everything goes according to plan, and in the time it takes to get from the wedding breakfast to the ceremony you might end up cursing your choice of skyscraper stilettos. Keep a pair of pretty flats, or just less demanding shoes, on hand for the reception.

Wear the shoes in

Most importantly, you should wear your wedding shoes around the house. Something as simple as wearing them to your wedding dress fittings will ensure they won’t pinch on the day and work with your overall outfit.

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