The bridal look is one of the most important aspects of a wedding. It is carefully thought out months in advance and every single detail is planned. Of course, the most important thing is the gown. The style, fit, colour and shape all determine the final look, but it can also be altered by using different accessories. For some, the most important accessory is the veil. And while it’s a very traditional and important part of the look, let’s be real: you need something to keep you going down that aisle, and that something is the shoes on your feet.

So to help you make that important decision, here’s a comprehensive guide to choosing the perfect bridal shoe.

Picking the Perfect Pair of Shoes

Comfort first

The golden rule of buying any shoe is: if you’re not comfortable in it, you won’t be wearing it. And while you might say “I’ll wear it only once for the wedding, it’s not that bad” – it is. If you are constantly thinking about how sore your feet are and how all you want to do is sit down, you won’t be able to enjoy your own wedding. So be brutally honest when trying your shoes on and don’t buy them unless they’re the perfect Cinderella fit. You also want to make sure you buy them well in advance – at least a month before the wedding – so that you can break them in by wearing them around the house, and see if they are causing any discomfort. On the big day, make sure one of your bridesmaids has band-aids on-hand to come to the rescue if needed. The second golden rule is to always have a backup, like a pair of comfortable flats that you can slip into so that you can dance the night away without worrying about blisters. If the setting allows it, you can also go barefoot after you get tired, just make sure that you get a full pedicure beforehand!

Stay stable

Not everyone knows how to walk in heels and, no, there’s no rule that says you have to wear heels on your wedding day. If you are set on reaching the sky, get a lot of practice in. Walk in heels every day, both in the house and outside to get used to different surfaces. However, if you want a little lift, while still staying stable, you can always opt for a kitten heel. Another great tip to make sure you don’t wobble around is to choose shoes with an ankle strap, like something from the collection of Badgley Mischka bridal shoes. It will allow you take longer strides without worrying that your ankle will fall out of place – something no bride wants. If you are going to be outside, make sure you have heel guards on, so that you aren’t digging your shoes into the ground. The guards are a good idea even if you are inside, because they give your heels a wider base to stand on.

Fit the look

If possible, try to buy your shoes after your wedding gown. This way, you know exactly what you are matching the shoes with. However, it’s important to note that you should know what kind of heels you want before you get the dress, because that will determine the length. Once the gown is chosen, you can match your shoes to the colour, fabric or the details on the dress. Get an equally bedazzled pair of sandals, or a satin pair of pumps. But, you can also use your shoes to bring a “wow element” to your look. Imagine a pristine white gown with a deep purple shoe peeking from beneath it when you’re walking. If you can’t find the exact colour that matches your dress, it’s a good idea to go for a complementary colour, or something metallic like silver or gold, to make sure that everything goes together. You can also match your shoe style to your groom, or your bridesmaids.

The steps you are taking that day are some of the most important in your life – both literally and metaphorically – so make sure you are wearing the right shoes for the job! Get something that makes you stand tall and proud, and don’t be afraid to take long, confident strides into your future.

Mia Taylor

Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for High Style LifeShe loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on a lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips. You can connect with Mia via Facebook,Twitter