After walking miles as a stylist alongside many bridal shoes, we knew it was time to dish on some of the tricks that can make or break your wedding day comfort. We know first hand that nothing can ruin your evening faster than blisters or ill-fitting shoes, so we wanted to share the details on how to best avoid missing even a moment on the dance floor!
It all starts with breaking in your shoes the RIGHT way.
There is an art to properly breaking in your bridal heels. The most important thing to keep in mind is that your photographer will be taking detail shots showcasing your shoes. Follow these steps (pun intended!) for properly breaking in your shoes and keeping them looking like new!
Breaking In Your Wedding Shoes
Always break your shoes in on a carpeted surface so you keep the integrity of the sole for pictures.
If you can, wear nylon peds so you don't sweat or get the insides of the shoes dirty while you're breaking them in.
Continue to store shoes in original box (dust bags if possible) and repeat steps 1 & 2 as often as you can until shoes are broken in.
*Note that if you have a cobbler you trust, you can always take them there to have them stretched or adjusted in any way possible. Just make sure they keep them really clean for you!
After you've broken in your shoes - which we hope will help prevent some of the potential pain from your Pradas - it's up to you to turn to The Bride Kit to protect the work you've done before your big day!
(Note: we encourage sharing your tools with your bridal party, as often times the men can suffer just as much as the women with stiff new footwear.)
All that said, we'd like to introduce...moleskin and the foot gel pads from The Bride Kit!
The foot gel pads are a great way to add extra comfort for those long hours in the same pair of shoes. They can be a lifesaver if you are not used to wearing heels, if your heel height is higher than you are used to, or if your shoes are just a little too big.
They are easily transferable and washable as well. Most likely between all of your wedding events you will be switching between different styles of shoes. These are a great, reusable tool that you can slip into just about any pair of shoes to save your feet for your big day. If you aren't needing them, hand them off to a bridesmaid who brought brand new stilettos and is worried about new shoe pain.
Moleskin is typically used in the medical profession to keep the rough material of casts and splints from chafing the skin. It's best used preventatively, so if you put your shoes on and you notice a sore spot or redness, don't wait. Get that moleskin on your shoe as quickly as you can! Always apply the sticky side to the shoe so the soft part is touching your skin. We included squares inside the kit that can be trimmed with small scissors as needed, so you can apply to any areas that may need protection.
If you are waiting to apply the moleskin until after your detail shots are complete, go ahead and trim to the size you need, but don't peel the backing off. Put the trimmed piece in a baggie and keep it close by. You can have a bridesmaid or family member help you apply the moleskin when the photographer is done.
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Risa + Jess
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