How to Find Comfortable Bridal and Wedding Shoes

Wedding shoes are part of your wedding planning, but you don't want to miss out on the celebration because of a poor choice. Here's what you need to know.

When it's time to put the finishing touches on the wedding outfit, the last thing you want to worry about is aching feet. Even though the perfect ensemble looks good in the catalog, the shoe doesn't always fit-you'll find many bridal shoes are designed for looks over functionality. The result can be one very unhappy--and uncomfortable--bride.

Finding bridal shoes can be a fairly lengthy process; you'll need to take the time to browse, try, and practice-especially if this will be the first time you're wearing three-inch heels with a dress. Another important thing to remember is to bring your selected pair to every gown fitting; the gown's hemline will need to be fitted according to your height, so determining what pair you'll walk down the aisle in, before you've found the dream dress, is an important decision.

Is the balance between comfort and style possible? You'll need to run a few tests before making your final selection.

1. Do the heels measure up? You'll need to find something that is similar to something you normally wear, especially since you won't have a lot of time to practice walking in them. If you're a pro with 3-inch+ heels, then don't worry about cutting yourself short. Many brides prefer a medium-sized heel to add a little height but not too much to easily lose balance.

2. Fabric choice: Bridal and wedding shoes are commonly decked out in satin, silk, lace, and velvet. Other luxuries may include beads and glitter; although you since you won't have a chance to match it completely to your dress, choose something that will complement most looks. An outdoor wedding will require something weather-friendly: suede is not your best choice.

3. The toes say it all: if you're choosing the open toe, don't forget to schedule a pedicure beforehand. A pointed style can complement the theme of your elegant wedding, but rounded toes are also making a comeback-think ballerina style.

4. Avoid the trends: understated shoes can help put the attention back on the dress-and you! Pick a classic shoe and simple design, and you won't have to worry about clashes with your wedding dress.

The perfect wedding is a combination of decorations, themes, and pulling together the final touches for the dramatic effect you're looking for. Wedding shoes are part of the plan, and you don't want to miss out on the celebration because of a poor choice. Find a style that you can carry with minimal fuss so you can turn your attention to more important parts of the event!