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Posted: Jul 23 2013
by: Rachel Cherry

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Being the belle of the ball isn’t easy! So The Shoe Link have come up with some hassle free tips when choosing shoes for your big day! Whether it’s your wedding or the all-important Deb ball, we’ve got some handy hints to avoid foot pain and keep you looking and feeling your best on your big day.

If you know someone who is planning a wedding or attending a ball, please share our special offers with them, or email service@theshoelink.com.au to enquire on our special discounts for multiple purchases of bridal or deb ball style shoes.

TIP 1: How to measure your feet

Measuring your feet is very important, not only to select the shoe size for you, but also to consider the width of your foot. With heels and close fitting shoes can feel looser or tighter depending on your foot width, so follow our easy steps to make sure you start out right: how to measure your feet.

TIP 2: Choose the right shoes for you

If you are confident in sky-high heels, then you already know you can strut your stuff without tottering - and also how long you can last before your feet really start to hurt! For those of us who love the pretty glamour of heels but don’t wear them very often, it’s probably best to plan on wearing them for just a short period of time and also test them out by wearing them in advance, even if it’s just around the house!

To prolong wear, a thicker heel is perfect for extra stability and added platform underfoot is great for additional height.

Sky high bridal heels


If you are planning to be all day in your heels for a function such as Race Day or a Debutant Ball where there is dancing, best opt for a slightly lower heel and some cushioning underfoot. Another idea is to simply opt for a slightly lower heel which places less stress on the feet and can be worn longer. The most important thing is to ensure that you choose good fitting shoes that fit both your foot length and foot width making them comfortable and secure. If you have particularly large or small feet or a wide foot fit, this can be difficult, but there are specific brands that cater outside the normal size range, such as Lucia Rossi who offer extra small, extra-large and wide fit bridal footwear.

Heels with cushioning for longer wear


Mid heel magic, low heel lovelies & flattering flats


Large feet, small feet & wide fitting dress shoes


TIP 3: Colour co-ordination & outfit planning

For a co-ordinated look, match your shoe colour to your dress or accessory colour. If you are opting for a traditional bridal colour then white, silver, taupe or ivory are the go for you. For those who would prefer their shoes to make a statement, there are plenty of bold colours in satin styles to complete your look, if you are wearing a patterned or floral dress then choose darker plain shoes to avoid looking ‘busy’. Wearing shoes that are brighter than your outfit will draw the attention to your feet, wearing darker shoes will reflect the focus onto your outfit. Nude shoes lengthen and elongate the leg and can be worn with a variety of colours including black and white. Team coloured, cut-out or textured shoes with matching jewellery and a plain dress for a glammed up, accessorised look!

Finally, don’t forget to have fun with your look! If you want to stand out and do something different, try a vintage look or choose bold edgy shoes in vibrant colours that really POP – careful though, bold shoes teamed with bold outfits often look too frightening and over power your look, so stick to a plain dress if you are going down that route. If you’re still unsure – opt for the safest combos: black with black shoes and light with white shoes, or nude heels to suit loud colours or busy outfits.

Bridal colors


Debutant & party colours


Textured & patterned heels (for that little black dress)


Please, check our Pinterest site if you need some additional ideas on how to wear these shoes, colour ideas etc.

TIP 4: Bring a back-up

Even the most diligent girl-scout planners can end up being caught out by a sudden blister, sore spot or twisted ankle – so what then? Have a back-up pair of shoes that are small, practical and comfortable – just in case of an emergency! If you are having a party or attending a wedding, a pair of plastic thongs simply won’t cut it, so opt for something pretty, comfy ... and just a little bit fancy!

Fancy comfortable shoes for special occasions


TIP 5: Accessorize

A pretty clutch is this seasons must-have item, so have some fun and sparkle with an opulent bag that is just for special occasions.

Party & occasion


Debutant ball



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