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6 Bridal Shoe Mistakes to Avoid


It’s amazing how difficult it can be to find the perfect bridal shoes to carry you down the aisle, that it might seem like a good idea to just pick a pair without giving it a lot of thought. After all, no one will even see your shoes under your wedding dress, right? But take it from someone whose biggest wedding day regret is buying the wrong shoes, there is so much more to finding the right shoes for your big day than finding the exact shade of white to match your dress! So I invited bridal shoes designers and experts Bella Belle Shoes to share their top 6 mistakes they see brides make…..

Top 6 Bridal Shoes Mistakes to Avoid
Top 6 Bridal Shoes Mistakes to Avoid

Bridal Heels

Photography – Kurt Boomer

“Picking your shoes should go beyond just matching them to your wedding dress. When looking for that perfect pair, you want to really think about what you’re going to be doing on your wedding day, and how much of it you will be spending on your feet. To help you through the process of finding the right shoes, we’ve composed a list of the top mistakes to avoid…..

1. Choosing Shoes that Are NOT Comfortable

Bridal Flats

Photography – Kurt Boomer

As a bride, your wedding day is going to be anything but a day of leisure. You’re likely going to spend most of the day on your feet, so one mistake to avoid when choosing your wedding shoes is buying a pair that is not comfortable. You want to make sure that whatever shoes you buy, you are confident you can enjoy (not endure) a long day of walking, standing, greeting relatives, and dancing with your new life partner in them. If you’re not used to wearing high heels, then try a pair of beautiful ballet flats like our best selling Adora, the lacy Alicia, or the enchanting Willow, because happy feet = happy bride.

Sparkly Bridal Heels

Photography – Kurt Boomer

But if your dream is to wear a pair of heels with your dress, then your best bet would be to choose a height you’re used to wearing. Or if you never wear heels, choose something smaller – no one wants to see the bride hobble, or worse still trip her way down the aisle! Wearing a shoe with a lower heel like the art deco inspired Annalise, the lacey Amelia or the sparkly Frances is a smart way to go comfortable while still looking fabulous. The 2 ½ inch heels are perfect for those brides who want to wear a heel without having to worry about sore feet at the end of the day. Just always remember that comfort is the key to picking the perfect wedding shoes! If you want to learn more about comfortable wedding shoe options, we’ve got it covered in this blog post. 


2. NOT Breaking Your Wedding Shoes In

Gold Bridal Shoes

Photography –  Taylor & Porter

Like any other shoe in your collection, your wedding shoe should be broken in before being worn on the big day. While, the thought of getting a spot on their pristine, white satin might give you nightmares, you will most likely regret keeping them in their box until the minute before you’re standing at the altar if you don’t break them in. You don’t have to wear them on every outing before the wedding, but it won’t hurt to slip them on every so often. One of the best ways to break in your shoes without damaging them is to wear them around the house or at the office. Walking in your wedding shoes regularly, for these short periods of time, will help ensure they are at their most comfortable when it’s time to show them off.


3. FORGETTING to Pack a Spare Pair

Bridal slippers

Photography – Kurt Boomer

It definitely won’t be practical to wear high heels while you’re getting glammed up, so a comfy pair of slippers might be the best choice pre-wedding ceremony. Then you can change into a glamorous pair of high heels for the ceremony to bring out the inner princess in you – besides, it’s always an added bonus to be an extra couple of inches taller for that picture perfect first kiss.

Bridal Sandals

Photography – Tamara Gruner

Wearing high heels the entire evening isn’t going to work out for everyone, bride, bridesmaids or guests; and walking around barefoot might not be an option depending on the location of your reception. So when buying a basket of flip flops for your guests don’t forget what you’re going to wear on the dance floor. Be sure to throw a lovely and comfortable pair of bridal sandals into your bridal bag, for when you’re ready to trip the light fantastic. If you’re a boho chic bride, the Greecian inspired Agatha sandal will transform you into a Greek goddess. Vintage brides will adore the crystal jewels on our lovely Luna wedding sandal while glamorous brides adore the sparkling oval cut sparkles and pearls on our Hera sandal.

4. NOT Matching Your Shoes to Your Dress

Satin Bridal Shoes

Photography – Kurt Boomer

If you’re wearing a floor length gown, you might think that matching your shoes to your dress isn’t a big deal. But on your wedding day, you should strive for a perfect, cohesive look especially if you’re planning some cute photos of your wedding shoes. And you will definitely want to have picked your footwear before your dress fitting! Because your wedding shoes will determine your height on the day; so, if you’re planning to rock a pair of six-inch heels, then you need to ensure the dress is still going to reach the floor. And if you’re going barefoot, then you want to make sure your feet will be covered, so they don’t end up the focus of your outfit.


5. Buying a Pair You’ll NEVER Wear Again

Lace Bridal Booties

Photography – Kurt Boomer

Not matching your dress is one huge mistake to avoid when picking your wedding shoes, but it would also be a travesty never to wear those glamorous heels (or flats!) again. So when buying your wedding footwear, you should consider how you might be able to wear them again. Because while tradition might say bridal shoes should be white satin, that’s not something you will be able to wear to work in the office! You could however still wear them to other formal events. Where choosing something like the Filipa heel, that comes in a soft metallic nude, is a versatile choice that could be worn on many an occasion after your big day.

Blush Bridal Shoes

Photography – Sophie Epton

Wedding shoes definitely no longer have to be white or even ivory. More and more brides are opting to wear more colorful, unique shoes that better reflect their personal style. A pair of light blue wedding shoes, like our Dawn Blue wedding heel might be the perfect choice for brides who are looking for versatility and that must-have something blue! Or how about the Paloma peep toes in beautiful blush for a stylish alternative to the traditional ivory or white?

Gold Bridal Shoes

Photography – Amy Dmitrieva Photography

Or if you have always dreamed of being a glamorous goddess, then our gold heels Anita Gold and Tess are for you! The Tess heel is comfortable with extra padding on the sole, but also evokes a fairytale feel with the intertwined embroidery design. On the other hand, the Anita Gold is classic and chic for brides who love a romantic floral design.

6. Forgetting to Include Your Shoes in Your Budget

Bridal Booties

Photography – Julia Kaptelova

Forgetting to account for your shoes in your big day’s budget is a huge mistake to avoid! The perfect pair of wedding shoes (that are both stylish and comfortable) can be expensive, and it could be a huge blow to buy them without considering how the cost could affect your other plans for your wedding.

Picking the right shoes for your wedding is one of the most vital parts of bridal preparation. Your wedding shoes should showcase your style while staying comfy enough to enjoy every moment, from getting ready, to taking that first step down the aisle and dancing the night away! So before choosing your footwear for your big day have a good read of the above. And don’t forget that penny for good luck!”
A huge thankyou to the lovely ladies over at Bella Belle Shoes for their words of wisdom! If you’re only just discovering this fabulous brand (all of the gorgeous shoes you’ve seen in this post are their designs!) you can see past collections on Chic Vintage Brides here and here and shop their designs over on Etsy at www.etsy.com/shop/BellaBelleShoe. Oh and don’t forget to keep up to date with all the latest news, including new collections, by following them on FacebookInstagram, Twitter & Pinterest.