Making the right shoe choice for indoor and outdoor weddings

When choosing your wedding shoes it can be easy to be awed by beautiful design and gorgeous materials. After all, you want to look spectacular on your big day. However, it's crucial to consider the practicalities of your chosen shoes in different environments. In particular, you must think about whether you'll be wearing them indoors or outdoors, as this will have a huge impact on your comfort level and the potential damage or staining the shoes could endure.

Outdoor wedding shoes

While outdoor weddings can be beautiful, there is always the risk of the weather turning, which can cause a whole number of problems for a bride. While an umbrella can save the hair and dress, shoes can't escape wet floors, puddles and dirt.

For this reason, avoid satin or suede wedding shoes which can easily stain, even with the smallest drop of rain. White or ivory shoes will also show dirt very easily, so choose a material, such as leather, which allows marks to be rubbed off a little more easily. It may also be wise to choose closed toe shoes over peep toes or sandals to avoid the risk of getting wet feet.

Outdoor terrain should also be taken into account. Gravel and cobblestones can be difficult to walk on in heels, so if you'll be walking on these surfaces perhaps choose a chunky heel over a slim one. If you'll be walking on lots of grass bear in mind that stiletto or kitten heels could easily sink into the turf, so flats may be more suitable.

Indoor wedding shoes

With indoor weddings you can wear almost any type of shoe you like as you don't have to consider dirt or uneven flooring. If, however, your venue has any particularly slippery flooring, for example on the dance floor, or there will be lots of steps, you may want to consider the heel and sole of your wedding shoe to avoid trips and falls. Try wearing the shoes a number of times before the big day and test them on a number of surface types to ensure you'll be safe and comfortable.

If your wedding has both indoor and outdoor elements you may wish to have two pairs of shoes for both environments. You could wear closed toe shoes outdoors to protect against the weather and change into peep-toes or sandals when moving indoors.