Every time I ski I am reminded of how much feet can hurt. It happened again a couple weeks ago, but the folks at Inner Bootworks, a boot fitting store in Stowe, helped me out. Today I’m going to try to help you so that your feet don’t hurt on your wedding day.
First of all, some perspective: you will be on your feet a lot. You will stand, you will walk, you will twist and turn as you greet your guests, and you will dance. Your feet will be grossly abused.
If you are a guy, you might be in shoes you have never worn before. Don’t. Wear them before our wedding, break them in, make sure they are comfortable, and then shine them with all your heart. Worse are the rented shoes that come with rented tuxedos. Again, don’t. If you are wearing a tux, you do not need to wear patent leather “evening” shoes. If you don’t have suitable shoes (elegant black leather cap toe lace-ups or unadorned slip-ons) splurge and treat yourself to a pair of shoes you love. They can – actually will – cost more than rentals, but if you like them you will get a lot of use out of them. Another option is “statement” shoes. Sneakers are not uncommon, and If cowboy boots are you, go for it.
If you are the bride, perhaps you were seduced by the 5 inch heals that, in spite of the pain they induced, looked so gorgeous with your dress (and made you as tall as your husband to be.) Don’t fall into that trap, it’s just not worth it. If you do want to get fantastic shoes, and Louboutins aren’t in your wedding budget, get them anyway. As long as you plan to wear them after your wedding you are perfectly justified in taking them out of your non-wedding wardrobe budget (guys, take this from me, I’m married – do not argue with your wife about shoes – no matter how much sense your argument makes, you will lose). Lastly, you too can, if it’s really you, wear cowboy boots.
Take a second pair of shoes with you to the reception. Once the lights go down and the party kicks into gear no one will notice that your Jimmy Choo’s have been replaced. I start the evening with the “right” shoes, but midway through the evening I switch into black leather Dansko clogs, an extraordinary relief that no one notices.
If you are spending the first night away from home, pack the most comfortable shoes (or slippers) you have – it will feel great to slip intothem. Same applies to what you pack for your honeymoon. And on that topic, if your honeymoon is a ski trip, stop by your local bootfitters and ask the fine folks that work there to make your feet feel as good as they did at your wedding.