We’re blaming our obsession with footwear on Cinderella’s glass slippers. No wonder every girl who is planning her wedding trousseau cannot eschew the idea of having the perfect shoes. But what kind of shoes are perfect for a bride-to-be? With a myriad type of shoes available for us to pick from, what wedding shoes are the ultimate must-haves? According to Veena Ashiya, founder of Monrow Shoes, there’s more to wedding shoes for brides than just comfort and style. Read on to know more about selecting wedding shoes that work best for you and your bridal style.
1. Flat Shoes for Weddings
2. Kitten Heels for Brides
3. Block Heels for Brides
4. Wedges for Brides
5. Stiletto and Hourglass Heels for Brides
6. Frequently Asked Questions About Wedding Shoes for Brides
Flat Shoes for Weddings
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There are several types of flat shoes that are wedding worthy and perfectly glamorous too. For women looking for Indian options in footwear, juttis and kolhapuris are versatile options that can be worn with everything from kurta sets to wedding lehengas. Unlike earlier, these flats are also available in couture versions that are embellished with mirrors, pearls, beads and other such accouterments that are completely sewn in by hands. Some even feature exquisite zardosi work that is otherwise reserved for wedding clothes.
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When it comes to flats, for those seeking non-Indian options, ballerinas are undoubtedly the best choice. For weddings, these, too, come in decorated forms that will add glam to your outfit.
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Pro Tip: Choose flat shoes for pre-wedding occasions like the mehendi or the haldi event that are not as glam as a sangeet or a cocktail party. Wear them with ghararas, light printed lehengas or co-ord sets with jackets that are taking the fashion world by a storm.
Kitten Heels for Brides
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Kitten heels are the best for women who want to wear heels without relinquishing the kind of comfort that comes along with wearing flats. These gunmetal-coloured kitten heels from Monrow Shoes are chic and multifarious and perfect for new-age brides. “The shimmery material will add the perfect amount of ‘extra’ to the look,” says Veena.
Pro Tip: A pair of metallic kitten heels can be paired with sequin saris, contemporary lehengas and even cocktail gowns. It’s a must-have in the bridal trousseau.
Block Heels for Brides
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“Not only are block heels stylish but also much easier to carry than most other varieties,” says Veena.” Block heels usually come in the form of pumps, sandals and mules and all pair perfectly with most Indian outfits that are a part of the wedding trousseau. Even the heels that are tall are comfortable since they are supported in the front with an equal platform.
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Pro Tip: Veena suggests wearing block heels with indo-western or fusion outfits as they will go with them the most.
Wedges for Brides
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“Wedges are exceptionally comfortable and go with any outfit. They also add a great deal of glamor to the look,” says Veena. Since wedges allow for a wider distribution of weight across the foot, they are great to wear to events where you will have to stand for long durations. Although wedge sandals are available, mules are the preferred style.
Pro Tip: Wear them with saris and lehengas as they work better than other styles with Indian traditional outfits.
Stiletto and Hourglass Heels for Brides
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The most awe-inspiring heels, the stilettos, are an arsenal in every woman’s shoe wardrobe as they have the power to uplift the glam quotient of any outfit. However, hourglass heels (broader at both ends and thin in the middle) are trending this season. “The hourglass heels provide the perfect mix of sleek style and good balance,” adds Veena. This unique combination of comfort and fashion makes them a bridal must-have.
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Pro Tip: Reserve the stilettos and hourglass heels for glamorous occasions like the sangeet or the wedding reception party where the outfit is slightly more contemporary like a gown or a metallic lightweight lehenga.
Frequently Asked Questions About Wedding Shoes for Brides
Q. Can a bride wear heels?
A. A bride can choose to wear heels to her wedding, however, according to Veena, it is best to limit the heel height to 3-4 inches. “Kitten, block or hourglass heels are the preferred wedding shoe styles. They balance your feet so that not much pressure is put on your toes and heels. If dancing is the plan, then turn toward platform heels as they are extremely comfortable which makes them an ideal choice for occasions like the sangeet ceremony,” she says.
Q. Which is the best footwear for brides, heels or wedges?
A. While both heels and wedges are great wedding shoe options for brides, those looking for glamor and comfort must consider wedges over heels. Wedges are elevated throughout, which makes them more stable and easier to balance. They also put less pressure on the knee, hip and back – automatically making them a better option if you are looking for a pair to wear for longer durations.
Q. Can I wear flat shoes to a wedding?
A. Sure, heels are glamorous, but there is no rule which says that brides should not wear flat shoes to weddings. In fact, there are several footwear options among which the juttis, kolhapuris, flat mules, and ballerinas are most preferred when it comes to weddings. It is best to have a good mix of flats and heels in the entirety of your wedding so your feet don’t feel exhausted. Laidback pre-wedding events like mehendi and haldi that are usually lowkey and relatively less glamorous are perfect for wearing flat shoes.
Q. What shoes should be worn with a dress?
A. Heels or wedges are shoes that look best with dresses as they add length to the wearer and inject more oomph into the overall look. If you’re unafraid to experiment with your style, then in heels you can wear stilettos that are the shoes with the most sex appeal. Limit the heel height to 3 to 4 inches so that comfort is not compromised in the name of glamour.