If you google “wedding shoes” you get about 256 million hits. Million. Obviously this is something many brides put a lot of thought into. But hey, that should come as no surprise to anybody. Women and their love affair with shoes are well known and it’s a topic that for some can be an all-consuming obsession. You can usually spot these women easily if you know what to look for. They pass by a store window and they spot the pair. Their eyes dilate and they make a sharp turn into the store, credit card in hand. Sometimes it doesn’t matter if they don’t have your size. Some of us will wear a pair of heels even if they are up to a size too small. We just cram our feet in because, hey, those shoes are fabulous!
This isn’t a condition that just comes about. Most women at some point as a child, usually the moment we start to feel “grown up”, slip on a pair of our mother’s heels, maybe getting into her jewelry and lipstick too, and prance around the house. And then we grow up and the fabulous thing about shoes is, no matter your shape or size, if you’re beautiful or a Plain Jane, you can usually buy any shoe you want and really show off your personality.
And then the day comes when Mr. Right slips that ring on your finger and the fun of wedding planning begins. Once you have the gown, the next obvious course of action is the shoes. Sometimes a bride already knows the exact pair of shoes she wants to wear on her wedding day. Others try to scroll through those 256 million google hits and all of Pinterest for the perfect pair and quickly realize that the shoe choices for brides have greatly changed. 20 years ago a bride normally bought a white or cream-colored pair of plain satin heels (dye-able of course) from the boutique with her wedding gown. Easy peasy.
Not so today.
Now there are so many choices to scroll through. The shoes you wear with your wedding gown don’t have to be white or cream anymore! There are heels, flats, blue shoes, purple shoes, coral shoes, shoes covered in crystals, shoes with giants bows, strappy sandals, shoes that have ornately decorated heels, pearl covered shoes and shoes that I don’t even know what that is.
We’ve seen flats, slippers, low heels, high heels, stripper heels, sandals and wedges and even tennis shoes. We’ve seen shoes in every color of the rainbow and sometimes more than one pair of shoes for the day.
One pair for the ceremony and another pair for the reception make total sense. Don’t judge.
We’ve seen brides wearing shoes they’ve owned for years and some that must have taken out a second mortgage to buy them. But you know what, on your wedding day you should have that extra something that makes you feel gorgeous. Walk around in those puppies proudly! It doesn’t matter if you can barely take a step by them by the end of the night. That’s why you have your new husband to carry you over the threshold ☺
Below are just a few of the fabulous shoes we’ve encountered over the years. Please restrain yourself from drooling on your keyboard.