Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world. – Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn was one smart lady, and that really is a quote to live by (and definitely an excuse to buy more) A pair of shoes can make or break an outfit, transform the plain into the spectacular, and make a woman feel beautiful and powerful. In fact shoes have such magical way of making us feel great (even after the crappiest of days) that they should seriously be subsidised. Dear Mr John Key…
But before you go drooling over all the shoe shop windows, here are 5 things you might (I said might) want to consider, with a little bit of eye/shoe candy along the way. Enjoy xox
1. How high? If you don’t usually rock a 6 inch heel, then your wedding day is not the time to try. Nothing looks more awkward than a woman who is wobbling about in her shoes… and you do NOT want to be sporting a sprained ankle on your wedding day (or honeymoon!) If your groom is vertically challenged you may want to take that into consideration, and if you are getting your dress made or taken up you need to stick to a height to ensure it all looks fab on the day.
2. 50 shades of white. You may think those shoes are white but the lighting and colour variations in certain stores can leave you disillusioned. While I love a bride who rocks a coloured shoe, you want that to be pretty obvious (an ivory dress with a bright white pair of shoes will look more than a little odd) Regardless of your colour choice, double check the returns policy in case they are not ‘the one’.
3. When to invest. I have a few pairs of heels from the Number One Shoes that have never given me a blister and still look fabulously new after a few years of consistent wear. BUT… when it comes to your wedding day shoes, quality and comfort are worth every cent and this is your chance to splash out. Why not splurge on an amazing pair that you couldn’t usually afford but you just know you will wear again. Sorry husbands, my bad.
4. Location Location Location. Will you be saying I do on the beach or a golf course or even in the snow? Now is the time to think about what shoes work where and if you will want a second pair for the reception. Soft surfaces and stiletto heels are a recipe for disaster, and if you are going to invest in some heel stoppers go for the very best quality you can find, or trust me, they wont last long! I have tried the stoppers from Heels Above and they are fab!
5. Plastic Fantastic. Not a heading you usually a find with tips on buying shoes, but I have used this little trick for years when breaking in a perfect pair. Simply cut your required shape from a plastic supermarket bag to use on any sore points. The plastic stops the shoe from rubbing and lets you wear them in slowly before your big day (highly recommended). Footcare also do a great range of gel inserts which will work wonders for your tired feet.
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