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How to choose your wedding-day shoes

You've probably spent endless hours scouring Pinterest and dashing through bridal stores looking for the perfect dress. But you can't forget about your feet, especially since they'll be responsible for carrying you down the aisle in one piece!

If the prospect of finding the perfect shoes has you a bit overwhelmed, have no fear. There are plenty of awesome choices.

Try a tradition

Weddings offer dozens of traditions that you're “supposed” to follow to create good luck, and your shoes provide you with plenty of chances to follow tradition. They can be your something blue, for example, or you can go vintage and make your shoes your something old. With a little ingenuity, your shoes can help you knock out all of the traditions, completely pain-free.

Choose multiple shoes

If you're finding it tough to narrow down your shoe options, don't! Instead, pick two pairs - or even three! Brides are increasingly opting for more than one pair of shoes. Try going for all-out glamour in pumps for your ceremony, then switching to delicate ballet flats as you dance the night away at your reception. If you have a more comfortable back-up pair, you can even slip them on just before the ceremony if you're worried about tripping or being uncomfortable.

Prioritize comfort

Even if you plan to switch to more comfortable shoes after your ceremony, sky-high heels can be brutal on your body. You don't want to trip as you walk down the aisle, feel your legs go numb as you say your vows, or pass our during photos. Prioritize comfort above all else and consider wearing cushioning insoles on the big day. No matter what shoes you choose, take some time to break them in by wearing them around the house. If you're clutching your aching back after a few hours of wear, you need to pick different shoes.

Go for texture

This season, bridal shoes aren't just lovely. They're also textured. Some brides are option for lace shoes, while others select shoes embellished with pearls or even rhinestones. Textured shoes work best with an otherwise classic and simple look, so don't go overboard if your dress is trendy or dramatic. But if you want to add some flair, you can't go wrong with a bit of texture.

Get creative

If you tend to go a bit overboard with your fashion choices, don't abandon this tendency just because you're getting married! Your dress will cover your shoes, which means you can take some fashion risks. Peacock feathers, buckles, chains and even hand-painted shoes will all be welcome at your wedding. And you'll know that, even if you look sedate and bridal, a brief gander at your feet reveals a gal with a fun, creative spirit.

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