Most brides-to-be are very concerned about keeping their wedding day ensemble clean up until the big day. For this reason, most brides do not break in their wedding shoes before getting married, and end up suffering the consequences. No bride, especially a bride that looks forward to dancing at their wedding, wants to be in pain on their special day. For this reason, it is a smart idea to break in your bridal shoes ahead of time.
The best way to break in a new shoe is by wearing it as much as possible. This allows the shoe to stretch and mold to your individual foot shape, making for the most comfortable fit possible. To avoid getting the shoes dirty, it is best to wear them only in clean areas, such as inside your home. Try walking, standing still, and dancing in the shoes. If the shoes are painful at first, try wearing them for a short period of time, then gradually increasing the amount of time that you wear the shoes each day until you can wear them comfortably for several hours.
After the shoes have been worn for six to eight hours, they should be sufficiently broken-in. If you find that the shoes are still very uncomfortable, you may want to consider purchasing a different pair of shoes, or changing into something more comfortable for your reception. If you can’t bear to part with your painful shoes, try purchasing cushioned insoles to maximize your comfort. Additionally, leather shoes that are just a bit too tight in certain areas can often be stretched for a better fit. There are several products on the market that help to stretch shoes, but the same outcome can be achieved with rubbing alcohol. Simply, apply rubbing alcohol to the inside of the shoes, then wear the shoes over thick socks until the shoes become less stiff.
Many wedding day woes can be avoided by trying on any bridal shoes before buying. Are any areas pinching your foot? Does the shoe feel to tight, or too large? Does the shoe support your foot well? A shoe that fits properly should feel sturdy, without pinching, or slipping off of the foot. If you do not have the option to try your shoes on before buying, choose a leather shoe. This way, you can stretch the shoe if you find that you need some extra room.
A pair of painful shoes can make even the most excited bride eager for the night to end. As tempting as it may be to keep your bridal shoes as pristine as possible for their public debut, taking the time to break them in will go a long way towards making for a happy wedding day.
SimplyBridal.com is an American online retailer of high quality wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, and wedding accessories, such as veils and jewelry. SimplyBridal ships to most of Western Europe, North America, and parts of Asia. Our products have been featured on Style Me Pretty, Wedding Chicks, and Rock n Roll Bride.