Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Shoesday Tuesday: Our Favorite Bridal Shoes

When you consider how much thought and planning goes into selecting a bridal gown, you may be shocked to hear how little time some brides spend on the remaining "finishing" pieces, specifically shoes. It's absolutely imperative that you have your shoes no later than your first fitting, but don't wait until the last minute! We recommend booking an accessories appointment once your dress comes in, usually around 5 or 6 months prior to your wedding. Just like your initial bridal appointment, you will work one-on-one with your consultant to select all the pieces that will complete your bridal look. Not only will your consultant help determine the best earrings, veil, headpiece and undergarments, but she'll also help you figure out the best shoe choice for your dress, your personality and your personal style.

Some things to consider when selecting your wedding shoes:
1.) Heel height- select a heel height you will be comfortable in for a while. From the moment you put them on when you start to get dressed until you finally kick them off to cut a rug on the dance floor is actually several hours. Pictures beforehand, walking down the aisle, standing at the altar, pictures before the reception, your first dance, cutting the cake- you'll want to wear your shoes for all of these and that's a lot of time on your feet!

2.) Color- Lots of brides are choosing to wear a bold color- sometimes coordinating with the color of the bridesmaid dresses, or just choosing something funky and fun. Some brides like sparkle, others like to be traditional and go with ivory or white.

3.) Wedding venue- Are you getting married outside? On the beach? In a field? Maybe a wedge or a flat is a better choice for you so you don't sink into the ground.

Regardless of your preferences, we can help find the perfect wedding shoe- just call to book your accessories appointment once your dress comes in. And in the meantime, check out these shoes- they're our favorites in the store right now:

Cheri by Liz Rene
This amazing shoe has a cool asymmetrical bow and sling-back heel. The 1-inch platform makes these 4-inch heels feel more like 3 inches. Your feet will thank you for that extra inch.

Giselle by Liz Rene
For the bride who wants a delicate, vintage-looking shoe, Giselle is perfect. Everything about this shoe is elegant and feminine. At 3 1/2 inches, the heel is definitely for the girl who is accustomed to wearing heels, but they're worth it!

Melissa by Liz Rene
We love how the peep-toe on Melissa is so different. The asymetrical opening is really flattering on the d'Orsay pump. The tiny brooch-like embellishment is dainty and delicate and again lends a vintage feel to the shoes. At just 2 1/2 inches, these are ideal for the bride who wants to wear heels, but doesn't want to suffer.

All of the above shoes are made in luxurious silk satin that looks perfect with ivory, off white, diamond white and even pure white shoes. If you want to go with a funky color, consider taking them to a local cobbler and having them dyed. As a natural fiber, silk takes dye beautifully!

We hope you've enjoyed this week's Shoesday Tuesday post, but feel free to leave a comment and tell us what you think! We love hearing from you!

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