Although it is true that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, I would have to wager that shoes come a close second, which is why I’m always slightly amazed at the number of brides-to-be that I meet who have not given the first thought to their choice on footwear for their big day.
Now I know that the shoes and accessories are not as important as the dress, but they do complete the overall look of your wedding outfit and the shoes in particular can actually shape the way that the dress sits on your figure – so for me , a bride’s shoes are just as important as her veil or jewellery.
Styles Of Shoes
Kitten heels have a thin-based, low heel of less than 2 inches and are the most traditional style of bridal shoe.
Kitten heels are a very safe bet as they are very easy to walk in and you are guaranteed to be able to dance all night in them. They also look very dainty and delicate under your dress, so this style of shoe is a must if you’re not used to wearing heels and are worried about having to wear them all day.
Ankle straps have a single strap or multiple straps that wrap around the ankle. There is something particularly feminine and delicate about ankle straps, especially with a long dress.
However, women with short legs will find that ankle straps don’t do a great deal to flatter their figure, as they will cut off the line of your legs making you look shorter than you actually are. Ankle straps are a good choice if you’ve got long legs and slim ankles, and I think they give a certain edge to the traditional wedding shoe.
The best thing about this style of shoe is that they help keep your feet securely in the shoe, so if you’re looking to wear shoes that are slightly higher than you are used to on your big day then having an ankle strap will stop you from walking out of or wobbling in your shoes – avoiding any blunders during that all important walk down the aisle!
Peep toes have an opening that shows part of the toes, but not the whole toe line. This style is not to be confused with open toe shoes, which reveal the whole toe line.
Peep toes are considered to be a very sexy and modern style of shoe, and a lot of young brides opt for peep toes to show off their pedicures and add a bit of personality to their wedding shoes.
This style of shoe looks particularly good peeping (pun intended!) out from underneath a long wedding gown, and as they come in all heel heights and designs you are guaranteed to find a pair of peep toes that will suit your dress.
Slingbacks have a strap that connects from the sides of the shoe, and wraps around the back part of the foot. This style of shoe was particularly popular in the 1930s and has made several appearances on the catwalks over the last few decades. Slingbacks have made a massive comeback in the last 12 months or so, and are now becoming a quite the fashion staple amongst younger brides.
Slingbacks have somewhat of a “Cinderella” feel about them, and that’s why so many modern brides are opting for this particular style of shoe to complete their princess look on their big day.
The main thing to remember when looking at slingbacks as an option for your bridal shoes is to ensure that they fit snuggly around the back of the ankle. If they are too tight they will rub and cause you a great deal of discomfort on your wedding day, and if they are too loose then you are likely to end up walking out of them and getting that “flip-flop” effect – which is never a good look, especially on your special day!
Ballet shoes have a flat heel, closed toe, and a slipper-style construction. Although most people wear them as casual day shoes, you can find some truly stunning, silk and crystal encrusted creations that will look simply divine with your wedding dress.
Ballet shoes are a great idea if you are quite tall and don’t want to tower over your husband on the big day. They’re an ideal substitute for heels if you are struggling to walk in them, and work particularly well if you’ve got a wedding dress that just hovers above the floor – as you don’t want to wear heels and end up ruining the effect of the dress by making it look too short on you.
Coco Fashion has some lovely styles of bridal shoes in store, and our expert team can help you find the pair that’s just right for you. Why not pop in and let Coco Fashion help you find those glass slippers for your fairytale wedding? After all, what woman doesn’t want an excuse to go shoe shopping!