Every knows the Nancy Sinatra song, "These Boots Are Made for Walking." (If you don't, I highly recommend watching the music video. I promise you won't be disappointed.) Her boots, while pointy and sleek, have a pretty low heel, which actually would make them OK for walking. Though I think a literal interpretation of the song was not the message she was trying to get across...
At any rate, take a leaf out of Nancy Sinatra's book when you choose your shoes for your wedding. If you want to dance all night at your reception, choose wisely. You don't want blisters and sore feet for the first day of your honeymoon! Here are a few tips for choosing beautiful and comfortable shoes for your wedding day that are also great for dancing.
Even if your fiancé is two feet taller than you, choosing four- or five-inch heels is not the best idea if you want to be able to feel your feet the next morning. Thankfully, designers are starting to get the memo that low heels are much better for brides, especially since brides end up standing for at least eight hours that day and possibly several more. Choose a low heel (two inches is great!) and I promise you will thank me later.
Ankle Straps Are Your Friends
You don't want to be in the middle of your first dance and step right out of your slip-on shoe. That probably won't happen because your feet will be swollen by then and your shoes will be snug, but if you have ever stepped out of a shoe while walking, you may want to consider a strappy sandal. They are on trend, beautiful, and you don't have to worry about the straps "shortening" your leg if you are wearing a long dress. Plus, strappy sandals tend to be more flexible and will allow greater range of motion for dancing.
I just want to reiterate that you will be standing for so many more hours than you are accustomed to during your wedding. You don't want to be wincing by the time you get to the first dance. Even if you wear high heels every day to work, you spend the majority of your time sitting down. If your feet hurt after a long day at work, imagine how they will feel after your wedding. If possible, choose wedding shoes with arch support and padding at the ball of the foot for maximum comfort. A wedge or chunky heels are also great for comfort.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
Row 1: Caitlyn by Badgley Mischka; Cristal Wedges from BHLDN; Blue by Betsey Johnson
Row 2: Caparros Heirloom; Gilligan Lace-Up by Stuart Weitzman; Fabia Kitten Heels BHLDN
Row 3: Kate Spade Glitter Sneakers; Correa Sandal by TOMS; Benjamin Adams London Divine