History and traditions of bride wedding shoes.Cinderella, the most famous princess bride, married her prince wearing sparkling glass slippers. Catherine de Medici, one of the first brides in history to walk down the wedding aisle in high heels, inspired a fashion trend that continues today.Anglo-Saxon brides tossed shoes rather than bouquets to bridesmaids who hoped to be the next to marry. Brides in merry old England followed the directive that they wear “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue — and a sixpence in her shoe” by tucking coins into their wedding slippers.Queen Victoria inspired millions of modern-day brides by choosing a white gown and white shoes for her wedding in 1840. Until then, blue was the color of choice for bridal ensembles. Princess Diana,chose low-heeled, pearl-encrusted, ivory silk flats for her wedding, so as not to tower over Prince Charles.
Some one once said that today’s brides make the journey from once upon a time to happily ever after in all manner of magic slippers — high heels, low heels, sandals, pumps and even bejeweled flip-flops.Brides are choosing their gowns and their accessories to reflect their own individual style. They’re taking bridal shoes a step further than the traditional white satin pump.Designers such as Vera Wang, Jimmy Choo have filled shelves with wedding pumps, slingbacks, sandals and ballet flats in bronze, silver, gold and pewter metallic shades and soft pastels, as well as ivory and white. Detailing includes bows, beading, embroidery and lace. Heel heights and silhouettes range from flat to stiletto. Toes can be open, closed, pointed, rounded or squared.
How a bride choose her best wedding shoes?
- Choose the most comfortable one. Remember that you’ll be on your feet from your walk down the aisle to the last dance.
- Choose a heel height you’re used to wearing. A wider heel offers more support and stability.
- To ensure a good fit, shop for shoes at the end of the day, when your feet are at their largest.
- Bring your shoes with you to gown fittings so your hemline will be just the right length.
- Wear the shoes around the house before the wedding.
- Remember, new shoes can be slippery. Gently roughing the soles with a piece of sandpaper will help provide traction.
There are many weird yet wonderful customs and traditions when it comes to wedding shoes. Probably the most widely known is to tie shoes to the bumper of the newly weds car.Older and less well known traditions include throwing shoes at the newly wed couple, the groom tapping his new bride on the forehead with the heel of her shoe to show authority over her, and also the bride throwing her shoes instead of her bouquet.