Winter Wedding Shoe Style
It’s getting colder, the denier is getting higher and increasingly less body parts are on show. But you’re getting married, and last time you looked no one had championed the sleeping-bag-as-a-wedding-dress look. Fear not- just as those super talented wedding dress designers have got you covered (literally, we love a full sleeve), we’ve got a few things for you to consider when it comes to choosing your winter wedding shoes…
1. Are they easy to clean? Unless you live in the Caribbean, and there is any hint of outdoor activity at the wedding, you’re going to have to face the fact that your shoes are going to get marked. Mud, rain, grass – this struggle is real. Whilst satin is a beautiful material, when it’s sunk into the grass for that incredible rustic field shot, it isn’t so hot. It can be cleaned- a mild combination of ionised water and fairy liquid works wonders- but is never quite the same as the dirt disburses into the fabric and you lose the original brightness. For winter weddings we always recommend leather or suede- it’s a natural fabric and is surprisingly easy to clean, I mean- when was the last time you saw a mud-stained cow or goat? It comes off. Leave the mark to dry before brushing off carefully with a dry brush, and always remember to protect before wear with a suitable spray
2. Are they practical? Where are you getting married? Outside? In a stately home? In a barn? Consider the venue and don’t forget the bits in between- will you be walking from the church to the reception? Will you have to somehow get into a Ferrari with grace (jealous)? Whatever you’re doing, you’ve got to be 100% confident in your shoes, and that means comfort and support. T-bars are great for this, as are ankle straps and ties and they ensure your shoes don’t slip, and you can just focus on looking amazing and enjoying the day.
3. Open or closed? This is the bit where we could insist that you choose a closed toe. Admittedly this is the more traditional (not to mention warmer) option, and we certainly love a little boot or point for a winter wedding. If winter weather is a potential hazard, you don’t want damp toes making you feel cold, and a full shoe would certainly take that worry away. Plus, we personally love a shoe boot with a shorter length dress. However, don’t forget that we’re all about being yourself so if you’ve got your heart set on a peep-toe then just do it. Nowadays brides wear peep-toe shoes year round, and they’re super flattering on the foot in any weather. Just avoid those puddles and don’t forget the pedi…
4. Shine bright like a diamond. There’s something pretty magical about winter light, when the sun is low in the sky and there’s a crisp chill in the air. We’ve all seen the Christmas cards, with the lightly frosted trees glistening in the sunlight, and a bit of sparkle works beautifully at a winter wedding. Days are shorter too, so you can afford a slightly more evening look when choosing your winter wedding shoes- embellished shoes, glitter shoes and shoes with a sparkling trim all work well from day to dancefloor.
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