Your wedding day is your time to shine and show some personal style to your friends and family. And ladies, you have now realized that your shoes do not have to perfectly match your dress, they just need to complement you and your decor. Brides and bridesmaids (and grooms and groomsmen) are all jumping on the opportunity to add a little pizzazz below the knee and wear funky socks and show-stopping kicks. I mean honestly, how alluring is it when your photographer captures a photo that shows a sneak peak of your cowboy boots hidden beneath your Vera Wang?
Or they snap a shot of the girls lined up on the beach and kicking-up their wellies?
So if the traditional white wedding pump is out, then what are 2013 brides considering for their shoes on the big day?
Coco Chanel once said, “Before you leave the house, take one [piece of jewelry] off” and this rings true at your wedding as well. There is a thing as too much jewelry on the top. However, if you’re feeling that a necklace and earrings and diamond ring aren’t enough to make you sparkle, add some rocks on your feet. Blinging shoes are all the rage and allow you to add that extra hint of glamour without going over the top (I’m slightly obsessed with these Miu Mius) AND I’m sure you can wear them again with the right pair of matchstick jeans and tank for a night on the town with the girls. Which leads me to the next big trend…
You’re paying a lot for this wedding and anything you can get more use out of is awesome. So when most brides are picking out their foot jewelry, they are evaluating the pair for their awesomeness the day of, but also if they can be worn for many many days after. Girls have the fantastic ability to justify paying a lot of money for things if they can determine at least five other times that they can sport that shirt, sweater or pair of Choos.
Comfort is Key
As much as we ladies smile and say with pride, “Oh but these stillettos ARE comfortable! I know it looks like my three toes on the end there are merging into one and my big toe does seem to be turning purple, but really, it’s like walking on a cloud,” but in all honesty, we’d much rather toss on a pair of Uggs than a pair of platform heels. (It’s ok to admit it. The more of us that do, the greater likelihood that Uggs will become acceptable professional attire.) This year more and more brides are embarking on the shoe search with comfort being a key factor. The trending solutions? Victorian boots – adorned with lace and frills – provide support for your foot will still giving you the vertical boost and a vintage flair. Flats are totally in and Tieks are definitely the rising star. These super comfy, super chic roll-up ballet flats come in many many colors so now you can rock that pop of color while maintaining your balance. And the biggest up and comer? Yee-haw! It’s the cowboy boot. You don’t have to have a mechanical bull on your dance floor or hay bales for your pews to successfully pull off the cowgirl style. Cowboy boots are synonymous with rustic chic these days and are a great way to balance out an otherwise frilly wedding. Lace, cowboy boots and succulents…. it’s perfection.
Color and Patterns and Texture… oh my!
So now we have the blingin’ flats or boots that you can wear throughout the year, but behind the jewels and kitten heels we need to have something that really shows off your personal style. And the 2013 wedding shoes taking on that challenge by bursting with bright colors, fun patterns and lots of texture. From bows, lace, fold-overs and studded heels, wedding shoes aren’t just a smooth surface anymore. And now they come in an array of colors! Neon popping pink, sunshine yellow, emerald green and every shade of something blue your newly-engaged heart could desire. Add some texture to that and you have these beauties that I just cannot imagine my shoe closet being complete without -
Ok so now you have the perfect trendy shoe that matches your personal style that you can wear throughout the year and won’t give you blisters. So you’re ready to go, right? Just in case those out of the box pretties turn on you on hour 7 of dancing, here is a list of great products for your maid of honor to have in her arsenal for you, your bridesmaids, or anyone else who fell victim to the ‘but really, they’re super comfy’ platform stiletto trick -
Foot petals have saved my life. They come in so many shapes and colors so that you can always find the perfect match to your sole (ha!) mate. They can stop you from skidding, rubbing and pinching in a second or two. Seriously worth the investment even for just a Tuesday at the office.
Dr. Scholls for Her. This rub relief works like a dream. Rolls on quick and invisible and lasts for a pretty long time. The best part? It eliminates the embarrassing moment when you kick off your heels at night and crawl into bed and your guy awkwardly asks why you have a weird clear gel thing stuck on your heel…
And the number one trick? Baby powder. Blisters form when your foot sweats and moisture causes your foot to move around in your shoe. The constant rubbing causes your skin to (and I apologize for the graphic nature of this content) literally split apart at the seam under the first few layers of skin. It’s minuscule, but your body sees this as a major threat and shoves fluid up there to cushion the tear. So as your body sighs and reclines back in triumph since it no longer has to deal with this pesky cut, you’re left cringing at this nasty, liquid-filled formation. Throw some preventative baby powder on your heel and it will wick away the moisture and this battle will never occur. To ensure that you are blister free throughout the night, you can always reapply in the powder room which in turn, will keep your feet and those super expensive, adorable, versatile, crazy comfy, eye-popping wedding shoes smelling baby fresh for the next big night out on the town.