The Complete Guide to Choosing Your Wedding Shoes

Should I choose my wedding shoes before or after the dress?

It depends which is more of a priority to you: the dress or the shoes. Emmy Scarterfield, Creative Director of Emmy London, thinks brides should choose the dress first so that you can pick your wedding shoes accordingly.

‘As tempting as it is to dive straight in to an exciting shoe shop for your wedding, it is always wise to choose your dress first,’ says Emmy. ‘The dress will dictate the mood, colour, embellishment and heel height of your wedding shoes.

It’s also important to consider the length of your wedding dress – you don’t want any tripping disasters if you have a long train! Flat wedding shoes and kitten heels are without a doubt the most comfortable choice of footwear.

Do my shoes have to be white?

‘Not at all, our coloured styles are really popular,’ says Charlotte. ‘Blue is our most popular colour, as Brides often use this as their something blue!’ There’s no rule against brides straying from the traditional white or ivory wedding shoes – just make sure that the colour will complement your dress!

‘Choosing a colour you can wear again means you are able to splurge a little,’ she says. ‘Some great wedding colours at the moment are blue, pale or fuchsia shades of pink, mint and my personal favourite, aqua.’

Should I consider the venue when buying my shoes?

It’s a good idea to think about how much walking you will need to throughout the day when you buy your shoes. If you’re holding your entire wedding in one venue then you don’t need to worry too much about it. Freya also points out that you should consider the season that you’ll be getting married in.

‘Open sling backs are better if you are getting married in a hotter climate and peep toes are good all year round,’ she says. ‘If you will be wearing your heels on a grassy or muddy surface you should be aware that they might get stained. A great way to stop your heels sinking into grassy surfaces is to use heel protectors. ’

What does the silver sixpence tradition mean?

In your hunt for a pair of wedding shoes, you may find that a lot of styles come with a silver sixpence in the sole. This is actually a bridal tradition and Charlotte Mills includes a silver sixpence in every pair of her bridal shoes.

‘A silver sixpence in the bride’s shoe is an old custom to bring you good luck,’ says Charlotte. ‘The sixpence symbolises prosperity, love and happiness. The tradition says that having this with you on your wedding day will bring you all these things throughout your marriage.’

Can I customise my own pair of wedding shoes?

Can’t find a pair of shoes that you like? Why not customise an existing pair instead! Sonia Brown, founder and designer of Le Soulier, will do just that if you send her a plain pair of shoes. She’ll transform them into something incredible and unique by hand painting and illustrating a personalised design onto the shoes.

‘The aim is to bring beauty and art to your wedding with a striking pair of bespoke, hand-painted shoes,’ says Sonia. ‘We showcase the wedding theme, names and dates, personalities and love story of the couple onto each pair of shoes, making this an item that you’ll treasure forever.

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