If the Shoe Fits

The Wedding Guru Judy Lewis fields this week’s wedding questions. Today: A comfortable bride is a beautiful bride!

Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day. Trust me — it shows when she’s uncomfortable. Especially when it comes to whatever she wears; regardless of how great it looks, it really is the comfort that counts.

A Valley bride asks: “I’m really worried. I have good hair and skin and a pretty figure, so I’m covered in those areas. But when it comes to my feet, I’m a total princess. I spend hours upon hours (and dollars upon dollars) on shoes, because I’m very difficult to fit. How can I be sure I’m fitted properly for my wedding shoes? My feet and I will be eternally grateful.”

Dear Valley bride: I’m a prima donna when it comes to shoes, so I sympathize with your problem. I hope the following suggestions will help you make sure that you’re comfortable from tip to toe!

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  • Take all the time you need to select your shoes. In the store, walk around to determine that they fit and feel right.
  • If your budget allows, buy two pairs of shoes so you can switch and give your feet a break. Most shoes get better and are more comfortable after a wear-in period. Break them in several weeks before your wedding day.
  • Under no circumstances should you buy shoes that feel tight with the expectation that they’ll stretch to fit. Buy shoes your size!
  • If you lose a lot of weight before your wedding day, the shoes you bought may not fit quite as snug. Try slip‑in inner soles, which close the gap (and provides padding to increase comfort).
  • Another option is to wear a ballet slipper or decorated sneaker after your ceremony. Some brides even prefer flip-flops! (If you go this route, keep in mind the difference between your heels and a flat shoe; make sure it doesn‘t interfere with your gown length and cause you to step on your dress.) You can work with your seamstress to create a bustle that lifts the gown off the floor in order to accommodate the flatter heel later in the evening.

Buying shoes for your wedding may require more than one shopping trip, but fashionable shoes can be comfortable and attractive! Always ask your dressmaker (or stylist, if you have one) about your options. Remember, if the shoe fits — wear it!

To submit your own question to the Wedding Guru, email Judy at judy@hvmag.com.

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