Brides spend the majority of their special day on their feet. From the aisle to the dance floor, wedding days can take quite a toll on the toes, so it's important to be confident that the shoes are adequately broken in before the big day.
Step One - Breaking in shoes takes time. Start wearing your wedding shoes around the house on different surfaces several weeks before the main event. Don’t wait until the last minute, or your shoes won't have time to adjust to your feet. Work yourself up to wearing them for hours at a time. What feels fine at the one hour mark might not feel so fine after five hours.
Step Two - As a gauge of whether or not you're ready, stand in your shoes in one place, as you would at the ceremony, and check your level of comfort. If you are not comfortable, there's still work to do. You will need to continue wearing your shoes around the house.
Step Three - If you plan to wear stockings on your wedding day, try on a similar pair with your wedding shoes and wear them around the house.
Step Four - Test your traction on slippery surfaces to check if the bottoms are dangerously slick. If you are taking a dance class, wear your wedding shoes to class. If not, do some living room dancing in your bridal shoes. Make sure they fit properly and don't fly off your feet.
Step Five - Place no-slip stickers on the bottoms of your bridal shoes to avoid falling or slipping during the ceremony or reception. Another option is to scuff the bottoms with sandpaper to add traction. A trip on the aisle might be funny in hindsight, but you probably won't feel that way on your big day.
The single most important step you can take to keeping your feet in a state of bliss is to start with good quality shoes. Brands like Hardy Design Works and Badgley Mischka are designed to not only look fabulous, but are also well-made with attention to the details that can prevent pain.