Wedding shoes: Avoiding the dreaded heel hangover
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Wedding shoes: Avoiding the dreaded heel hangover

It is truth universally acknowledged that every woman loves shoes. Shoes are, in fact, one of the reasons why bridal shopping is so gloriously exciting. The rows after rows of glittery, sequined, pearled or beaded wedding shoes twinkling under the bright store lights are more than enough to melt the heart of just about any bride to be.

Brides and wedding shoes collage

Not only will they add a few inches to your height, but they’ll change your overall appearance, elongating the silhouette and bringing that particular swing to your step. But most of all, the perfect pair of wedding shoes are definitely going to make you feel much better about yourself.

Bridal shoes collage

A more realistic, less pleasant version of the truth, however, is that most brides find themselves in the midst of a heel hangover in the very middle of their reception. Indeed, there’s nothing like a pair of aching, blistered feet to dampen your ultra-special day. However, the good news is that you don’t have to give up your favorite pair of shoes, or even settle for flats just to be comfortable in your heels. There are, in fact, a multitude of techniques that you can adopt to avoided the globally dreaded heel hangover.

Bride trying on shoes

For starters, never, ever save your bridal shoe shopping for the last minute. Shoes- especially heels- require quite a few weeks to break in and adapt to the shape of your feet, which is why it’s extremely important to find the perfect pair at least a month before your special day. Once you’ve found the perfect pair, don’t hesitate to wear it around the house, something which will certainly allow your feet to get used to the shoes. It also pays off to practice going up and down the stairs with your shoes- something which will instantly facilitate the breaking in process. Try to avoid tough fabric like genuine leather as well: this material is quite tough and takes an extremely long time to break in.

Bridal shoes with pointy heels

Brides should also consider purchasing a few gel soles which will pretend blisters and corns, while providing adequate support on the feet. Extremely discreet, these soles have been specially designed to allow the bride to dance the night away, without a single ache or blister. When you’re shopping for your wedding shoes, always make sure to go for the perfect size as well: too large will mean that you can easily lose your balance in the heels whereas too tight will pinch your toes, sending stabs of pain down your feet all night long.

Wedding shoes with bride in background

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Posted in BridesShoes on Feb 11th,2014