Princess Sofia of Sweden wore a dress fit for a fairy tale when she married into royalty at the weekend. The former glamour model donned a couture lace gown to say her vows to Prince Carl Philip at a lavish ceremony at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Created by Swedish designer Ida Sjöstedt, the dress featured a hand-stitched lace V-neck bodice and a long, sweeping train to ensure that she made a show-stopping entrance. Her shoes may have been mostly obscured by her glamorous outfit, but on the odd occasion that they peeked through, they did not disappoint. With ivory coloured heels and a pointed toe, they blended seamlessly with her demure, vintage-inspired look.

While your shoes may seem a long way down your wedding to-do list, it is important to remember that they can either make or break your outfit. Here’s a few points to remember when buying your wedding shoes.

Practice Makes Perfect

Before it’s time to make your way down the aisle, consider test driving your footwear. Simply strutting to the mirror and back in the bridal store may not be enough – the last thing you need is to realise that it’s impossible to maintain any semblance of elegance and posture when it’s too late to make a last-minute shoe substitution.

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

This long-held tradition is more important to some brides than others, but it can be a good idea to seek out shoes with a blue insert or trimming to bring you and your spouse good luck. Alternatively, this is also the perfect excuse to splash out on your dream ‘something new’ shoes.

You’ll Know When You Know

There’s no bride too fussy when it comes to finding the right footwear. This is your big day – and shopping around for the right pair is all part of the fun.

It’s All About Teamwork

The months before your wedding are bound to be busy, but leaving your shoe shopping to the last minute can lead to hold-ups and unnecessary stress. To keep everything running smoothly, make sure that you have your shoes ready for your dress fittings.

That Sinking Feeling…

Check out the venue and any potential for footwear disaster – heel protectors can be ideal or even different types of heels such as wedges may suit brides who are uncomfortable walking in heels.

Dancing Shoes

If you’re not used to heels, you could swap into more comfortable footwear for the reception and after-party. Don’t risk dancing the night away in skyscraper heels you known you will find tricky.

All Together Now

Faced with an abundance of choice, making that all-important footwear decision can be difficult. Consider bringing family and friends along for a day of retail therapy – and reward them with a pamper session for their efforts.
Make A Statement

There’s no reason to stick to tried and tested styles when buying your wedding shoes. From peep-toe to ballet pumps and wedges to strappy sandals, there is something for everyone in the Pink Paradox Bridal Collection.

Match Your Dress

If you have a colour scheme, wedding theme, or simply want the perfect colour shoes for your dress, you can ask your dressmaker for a fabric swatch of the material to compare to the selection of shoes on offer.

Recycle

Why not pick shoes that you love so much you’ll want to wear them time and time again? If you invest time in finding the right style and fit, they can remain part of your wardrobe for years to come.