Choosing your bridesmaids shoes that both complement the bridesmaids' dresses as well as suiting each of your bridesmaids individually can be considered quite a stress to co-ordinate and plan. Maybe your sister has never worn heels before, your best friend from school will be dancing the night away and wants her shoes to fit the bill, or your future husband's sister is never without 5 inch heels? It is therefore vital to choose your bridesmaids shoes to fit in with your wedding theme whilst keeping in mind which shoes are right for the individual bridesmaids.
Traditionally bridesmaids' shoes and dresses have always matched perfectly, however in recent times, styles have become more relaxed, and it is quite common for the bride to be more flexible with regards to matching dresses and shoes. Nowadays we see less perfectly matching shoes and more colour co-ordinated shoes.
Step 1: Colour
Obviously the colour of the bridesmaids' shoes will depend of the colour of the dresses. That is not to say they need to match the dress colour but simply to complement it. For a summer wedding, shoes in a lighter tone of the dress work beautifully. Neutral colours like nude, whites and blacks can also be considered. Alternatively for a winter wedding, a darker shade of the dress colour looks more fashion forward than an exact match.
Keeping up with the strong metallic trends of today silver is a colour that will go brilliantly with, and highlight effectively, whatever colour bridesmaids' dresses are selected. Gold or bronze will also look stunning, will go with any colour bridesmaid dress, and double up as party shoes after the wedding.
Step 2: Comfort
The next step is to consider how comfortable the shoes are. You may fall in love with some beautiful shoes but it is the bridesmaids who will have to decide whether they will be able to walk and dance in those shoes the whole day long. For someone who has never worn heels before, choosing a day when they could be on their feet for 12 hours is not the ideal first time in heels
Another consideration to keep in mind that everyone's feet are different and some people find it very difficult to wear uncomfortable shoes for an extended period of time. The bridesmaids' role is to support the bride on her wedding day. She will not be help if she is hobbling up the aisle.
Step 3: Dress style
The length of the bridesmaid dress should also determine what type of shoes to choose. Longer bridesmaids' dresses give more leeway in the type of shoes you choose as they will not be on display all day. However if the dress length is short then the shoes are an essential part of the outfit.
Step 4: Fabric
The fabric of shoes is another important aspect that you need to consider before buying. Satin shoes work well with shiny fabrics, while crepe shoes would be great for dresses with a matte look.. If you choose a dress which is shiny, choose shoes with diamante or crystals on them. For pearled dresses, beaded shoes will work best.
Step 5: Where to buy
Online shopping for bridesmaid shoes is a perfect opportunity for the bridesmaids to co-ordinate their shoes without the need to all go shopping together which can be difficult given destination and time constraints..
As a suggestion, our collection of Champagne coloured shoes in different styles and heel heights may be the perfect group of bridesmaids' co-ordinated shoes. The neutral tone of champagne will set off a wide range of bridesmaid dress colours.
On your wedding day, you will be delighted if you get your bridesmaids shoes right. You will have stylish, co-ordinated helpers who are comfortable throughout the day and they will also thank you for it.