Breaking in your shoes for the wedding

One of my childhood friends got married this summer and though she splurged on rhinestone encrusted stilettos, she didn’t take any time to break them in before the wedding. Avoid her pain by following some simple tips to get your shoes ready for the big day.

Your wedding day shouldn't be the first time you wear your shoes!

Your wedding day shouldn’t be the first time you wear your shoes!

Buy in advance

Key number one is to make sure you purchase your shoes with plenty of time to practice wearing them around the house. If you’re wearing ultra high heels, you’ll be able to practice your balance, while wearing strappy sandals will loosen them up and prevent rubbing. Whatever style of shoes you’re wearing; make sure that you schedule some time to practice wearing them with your wedding dress as well.

Whatever shoe style, make sure that you practise with your wedding dress as well!

 

Other tips and tricks

There are a few other steps you can follow in order to make sure that your shoes are as comfy as possible for the big day:

  • Start by wearing them often, but for a short period of time. Aim for 5-10 minutes a day.
  • You can use a blow dryer in two minute increments to warm up the material of your shoes and then bend them every which way to help them to stretch out. If they’re full of embellishments use this technique with caution because you don’t want to melt anything!
  • To prevent yourself from wobbling around or slipping in your new shoes, use a piece of sandpaper to scuff up the bottoms and create some traction.
  • If you’ll be wearing stockings on your wedding day, make sure you’ve got them on whenever you practice wearing your shoes.

For her 2011 wedding to Kris Humphries, Kim Kardashian went all out and wore a total of three different pairs of stilettos. While this might be a little much for most brides, many are choosing to have different shoes for the ceremony and reception. If you’re following this trend, don’t forget to break in each and every pair.

I hope this information saves all of you from sore feet and blisters on your wedding day!

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