How to Choose Your Perfect Wedding Shoes
Searching for the right wedding accessories to complement your dress can be a time-consuming exercise for any bride. We caught up with leading wedding shoe designer Emmy to discuss her thoughts on choosing the perfect wedding shoes.
So you’ve got the dress sorted, but that’s not the end, you also need some fabulous accessories to complete your dream look. Emmy Scarterfield has had her own luxury, custom made wedding shoe label for 5 years and with her background working for top names in fashion such as Giorgio Armani and Bottega Veneta she is fantastically qualified to help out.
Emmy works directly with brides, custom making her gorgeous vintage shapes with different heel heights, materials, colours and details. Here are her tips for getting it right: On your wedding day there are so many things to consider when choosing your shoes, but I find it comes down to the compromise between comfort and glamour, getting the balance right to ensure you not only love your shoes but can also dance the night away!
Although pointy is the traditional shape for wedding shoes, many of the dresses we are seeing now demand a more fashion oriented look. Glamorous Thirties gowns in bias cut silk look fantastic with a round toe, or a vintage inspired peep toe. Cute fifties prom style dress are perfect for showing off peep toe sling backs or jewelled court shoes. Dramatically structured modern dresses are finished off perfectly with a pointed toe shoe or modern sandal. Romantic lace and tulle need a softer touch, embroidered floral details work really well. I always recommend that girls with satin or lace dresses choose either a satin or suede shoe. Suede is the perfect bridal choice as it is not only beautiful and luxurious but also moulds to the shape of the foot easily creating a truly comfortable shoe.
For the detail on your shoes, I love a bit of vintage inspired sparkle, but it is really important to keep in mind what will complement the dress rather than compete with it. Use the dress to inspire the shapes and jewels used in any beading, but don’t worry about matching exactly as this can look too contrived. This year we are seeing a move towards gorgeous soft silver and blush colours, with both super high heels and jewelled evening flats. The inspiration behind our new collection will be vintage jewellery finds from our local antiques market, focusing on a more organic aesthetic.