Dragging your feet to choose your wedding shoes? Now's a good time to commit. First, 'tis the season of designer shoe sales, and second, choosing your heels is an essential step to make before having your wedding dress fitted.
Your heel height determines the hem and train length of your dress. If the measurement is miscalculated, the dress risks becoming difficult to walk in, and you may pull a Jennifer Lawrence at the 2012 Oscars (a graceful faceplant) while walking down the aisle. You're doing yourself and your dressmaker a favor by selecting your wedding shoes pronto (as if you need more reasons to go shoe shopping).
For some brides, shoe selection is an obvious choice: the event is an opportunity to belong to the Carrie Bradshaw Club and own a pair of blue Manolo Hangisi 105 satin pumps, or to indulge in a sparkly pair of Louboutins.
If you're struggling to find a unique pair, Lacerlot is here to help. Below are 9 shoe designers you must peruse before choosing the perfect pair for your big day.
And if your best friend is not already encouraging you to invest in the most delectable shoes of your life for your wedding, I'm here to tell you that, darling, you deserve them.
1. Gianvito Rossi: The last name "Rossi" is familiar because Gianvito is shoe designer Sergio Rossi's son. After working for years with his father, he recently struck out on his own, and the collections are sleek, feminine, and luxurious.
2. Aquazurra: Launched in 2011 by 25-year-old Colombian native and Central Saint Martins grad Edgardo Osorio. Osorio has collaborated with Gianvito Rossi in the past, and he recently released a collection with Cara's fashionable big sister, Poppy Delevingne.
Aquazurra currently has the most killer bridal shoe selection- in addition to the witchy, celestial collection with Poppy, the brand is offering traditional white lace bridal heels with a pale blue sole. I mean...
3. Sophia Webster: Previously a competitive dancer before getting her BA and MA in esteemed shoe design programs, the British designer launched her eponymous brand in 2012 to countless accolades. Her designs are playful, artful, and sophisticated. Sophia created the Lacey heel for her own wedding, and has magnanimously made the shoe available for the world. The bottom of each Lacey pair has "Wifey for Lifey" written on it, a perfect extra totem for good luck.
4. Liudmila: Launched in 2013, the brand is composed of founder Najeeba Hayat's literary dreams. She's a Russian lit obsessive who reimagines princess footwear from the 19th century into fairytale-esque creations. Marie Antoinette would have purchased every pair, especially from the SS16 collection.
5. Charlotte Olympia: Launched by Charlotte Olympia Dellal in 2008, the shoes are inspired by classic Hollywood glamour and pin-up stars. The designer creates shoes that are luxurious with a sense of humor, and they're perfect if you're looking for shoes to match your theme-based wedding.
6. Repetto: The Repetto family has been making ballet shoes since 1947. They continue to craft professional-grade dance shoes, so this is a fantastic option for your reception, or for brides who are a little nervous about balance while walking down the aisle.
7. Olgana Paris: Launched in 2014, the brand features a limited collection of suede flats, beautifully crafted in Italy. These are perfect for beach weddings, or for the first day of your honeymoon in a tropical heaven.
8. Dolce & Gabbana: For those who feel more is more (I'm one, personally), it's worth the investment in a pair from the beloved Italian-made footwear collection. There's simply no shoe brand that is more opulent for your wedding day.
9. Maryam Nassir Zadeh: Each new shoe style that Maryam, the designer behind her eponymous brand, introduces is in stock for about 5 minutes before selling out. Her boutique on the Lower East Side is a cult fixture, and her elegant shoes have prompted a movement that emphasizes simple, mesmerizing form in footwear.
Here's a few final tips to consider:
1. Think about your partner's height. Wedding portraits look nicer when there is not a significant gap in height between the two of you.
2. If your venue involves walking down an aisle with grass or sand, it's a good idea to look for thicker heels or wedges. You can always save your skinny stilettos for the dancing after.
3. No heels are comfortable throughout 8 hours of walking and dancing. Do not let heel pain distract you from romance. Invest in a pair of shoes to change into in case you need them. Keep backup bandaids in your clutch.
4. Practice walking in pumps of equal height to your bridal heels before your wedding. There are many informative videos on YouTube, most of which outline the 3 principles: a) Build up your comfort by practicing in kitten heels, wedges, low heels, and finally high heels; b) Always walk heel down first, then toe; c) Practice as much as possible.
5. If you're worried about walking on a slippery surface (e.g. inside a church, or dancing on a waxed ballroom floor), you can create more grip by rubbing a raw potato against the bottom sole of your shoes. This step should only be done after your photographer has gotten all the shots she needs of your pretty heels.
6. Kick and walk! It's the mantra Jennifer Lawrence admitted that she forgot when trying to maneuver her voluminous Christian Dior gown up the stairs to accept her Oscar. If your gown is made with a long front hemline, or many petticoat layers, the trick is to kick the fabric ahead of you with each step so that your heel doesn't land on the dress.