It’s not a cliche to say that it’s stressful and daunting to have to shop for the Mother of the Bride or Groom outfit. This will be a very special day and one that you will have the memories and photographs to treasure for years to come.
You’ll want to feel pretty and look your best but not upstage the bride to be! This is a tight-rope walk that needs plenty of planning and careful decisions.
Once you finally have your dress or pant suit, you will need to make sure that your shoes complete your outfit in a harmonious way. We have some tips for how to put your best foot forward and find the perfect shoes for the Mother of the Bride or Groom!
Tip # 1 Choose a feminine shoe.
This kind of affair calls for an evening shoe that is lightweight, refined, has a slender heel and is, above all, pretty.
|Tip # 2 Dump the idea of a Dye-able shoe.
Matching your shoes exactly to your dress is not necessary. They are not water resistant and they can bleed if your feet get sweaty or you spill a drink on them. Instead, choose a shoe color that co-ordinates with, not matches, your dress.
Don’t worry about perfectly matching your shoes and evening purse to your dress. This was popular 20 years ago but today matching can be very boring and will date your outfit and age you.
|Tip # 3 Choose a Neutral.
Neutral shades work best with a colorful dress. This includes metallics like gold and silver which are often the perfect choice. (Nordstrom)
|Tip # 4 Make sure your shoes are comfortable.
We know that formal shoes are not known for being comfortable but there are some things you can do to keep from limping around by the end of the day. This is an example of a comfortable shoe with a lower heel.
Once you decide on the shoe, make sure to break them in before the big day. Wear them around the house a few times and see how they feel. (Nordstrom)
|Tip #5 Don’t buy a shoe with too many thin straps.
First of all, be careful about choosing a shoe with too many straps. Thin straps are notorious for digging and cutting into your foot and don’t provide much support and you could end up wobbling around in them. (Nordstrom)
|Tip # 6 Try adding a foot pad for added comfort.
It’s a long day and there’s nothing worse than tired, sore feet. A little cushion at the ball of your foot or extra padding at your heel can help you keep your feet feeling much more comfy. You might also want to have your cobbler put some non-slip rubber on the soles of your shoes.
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