Summer and early autumn are popular seasons for weddings. If you’re a bride-to-be, you probably have a long planning checklist of things you need to buy or do:
- Purchase invitations
- Schedule the photographer
- Select and order a wedding cake
- Book a reception venue
- Buy a wedding dress and veil
- Pick out bridesmaids’ dresses
- Order the flowers
- Decide on the honeymoon location
Honestly, the list can seem to go on for miles. But have you given much thought to your feet? Yes, I said your feet. After all, you’re probably going to be standing on them much of your big day while:
- Walking down the aisle
- Saying your vows
- Greeting your guests
- Taking photos
- Dancing the night away
- Rushing off to your honeymoon
So, you really do need to think about your feet and the shoes you plan to wear. Because the last thing you want is foot pain on your wedding day. To ensure this doesn’t happen, follow these tips for choosing the right wedding shoes.
- Buy shoes that are comfortable. Of course, you need to make sure your shoes complement your wedding dress, but comfort should play a large role in your selection. If you’re not used to wearing stiletto heels, you probably shouldn’t buy them for your wedding. When you wear stilettos, the height of the heel forces your foot into an unnatural position that exerts a lot of pressure on the balls of your feet and toes – leading to foot pain. So you might want to consider wearing a cute pair of flats, kitten heels or platform heels instead.
- Go bridal shoe shopping in the late afternoon or evening hours. By waiting until later in the day, your feet will have swollen to their largest size. This is one way to help to keep you from buying shoes that are too small.
- Select bridal shoe styles that are designed with additional padding for extra comfort.
- Walk around the store in both shoes. If the shoes are too tight, too hard, have sharp edges or cause you any discomfort while in the store, they are likely going to cause you problems on your wedding day. And that means you may be spending your honeymoon battling blisters, corns or calluses.
- Refer to the WalkEZStore’s Shoe Fitting Guide for information on how to properly fit your shoes. A good pair of shoes should fit properly and feel comfortable on your feet – even if they’re your wedding shoes.
- Break in your shoes by wearing them around the house. Ideally, begin this process at least a month before the wedding. Start by wearing your shoes for a short amount of time (20-30 minutes) and gradually increase the length of time until you can comfortably wear them for at least 5 hours (hopefully longer) a few days before the wedding.
- Ensure you won’t slip on the dance floor by adding self-adhesive sole protectors to the bottom of your shoes. Or, use sandpaper to scuff the soles for added traction. Or, take them to a shoe repair store and they can add sole protectors to your shoes. (The WalkEZStore offers this service if you would like to send your shoes to us. Contact us for more information.)
- Buy ezWalker® Performance Custom Orthotics for added comfort. These custom orthotics guide your feet into a better biomechanical position with every step you take down the aisle. ezWalker® custom orthotics enhance your gait while helping with balance, stability and proper posture. Plus, they provide proven pain relief if you suffer from knee, hip or lower back pain. ezWalker® Performance Custom Orthotics easily fit in any dress shoe – even sandals (with the help of a piece of Velcro®).
By taking a few precautions with your feet for your big day, you can continue to beam radiantly into the wee hours of the evening – without worrying about foot pain.
And brides – don’t forget your groom. He’ll be on his feet, too, all day. So, have him order a pair of ezWalker® custom orthotics for added comfort.
Because … when your feet feel good, you feel good.® And when you feel good, you can start your life together on the best footing possible.