Article Collaborators : Novat Footwear
Collaborators Novat Footwear
The phrase “comfortable shoes” often conjures images of soft, daggy, loafer-type shoes our grandmothers seem to have a penchant for. However, this is no longer the case. You may not have someone who can wave a magic wand over you but, just like Cinderella, you can have a shoe that fi ts you perfectly, either by getting one custom-made or by visiting a specialty boutique to ensure comfort without compromising on style.
No two feet are the same, so getting your shoes custom-made to fi t your feet is sure to give you all the support you need on your big day. You will be in control of everything from style and heel height to specifi c sizing and everything in between, and there are many boutiques that specialise in custom-made shoes.
Mallouk Shoes is a family-run business that has been around for 100 years and offers custom handmade shoes, ensuring each pair sold is made to fi t individually. Designer at Mallouk Shoes, Chawki Mallouk says shoes are one of the most important parts of a wedding day. “A bride needs comfort for the whole day — it will show on her face if her shoes are uncomfortable,” he says. Everything can be matched to your gown — from the material to the colour — so you don’t have to worry about fi nding that exact shade of ivory. “Shoes are the best money spent on your wedding and an investment. Your shoes are the only things you can use after the wedding,” says Chawki.
Novat Shoes also offers custom-made footwear where you can select your own design and be truly individual. Marketing Manager of Novat Shoes, Bianca Novat advises brides to “always choose something they are used to”. “It’s best not to try something new on your wedding day,” says Bianca. “It’s possible to have a stylish shoe that is comfortable as long as the shoe fits properly.”
Style and Comfort
If getting custom-made shoes isn’t something you want to do, there are other options to keep your feet happy on your big day. There are many stores specifically catering to brides such as Lily Rose Shoes, which provides a range of shoes to choose from that are designed with comfort and style in mind.
Also, don’t forget retail chains such as Wittner, which has a specific range of bride-to-be footwear. “All Wittner shoes are lined with the fi nest-quality leathers, so you’ll be sure to stay comfortable all day and night,” says CEO and Product Director Michael Wittner. Michael reinforces the fact that shoes are one of the most important factors on your wedding day and says comfort is a priority. “Simply forego the caviar and Moët & Chandon at lunch, but make sure you’re wearing comfortable shoes so you’re looking beautiful from start to finish,” he says.
If you really can’t find anything from these shoe professionals, there are other ways to alleviate the chance of blisters and experiencing pain. Handy inventions such as Neat Feat’s Femme range of gel products help ease the load on your feet. Most gel insoles can be cut to fit and are pressed into the shoe and stuck on with an adhesive backing. The gel absorbs some of the pressure on the heel, assisting with heel strike and sore or aching feet — a perfect addition to your wedding day emergency kit.
Tips for happy wedding feet
Wear Them In
Once you’ve made a decision about what you’re going to be slipping your perfectly pedicured toes into, don’t be afraid to wear them before the big day. Actually, it’s recommended you wear the shoes in by walking around in them at home — this will ensure you become accustomed to them beforehand and will also soften the material so the chance of rubbing and getting blisters is reduced. Keep in mind, however, that you can’t wear in a pair of shoes that are uncomfortable from the start. “If it’s not comfortable the first time it won’t be comfortable,” says Chawki. “Every foot is different, so the shoe needs to be fi tted to your foot.”
Heels Aren't A Necessity
Wearing heels is not compulsory by any means and you can certainly wear flats if you would prefer. Remember, you want to enjoy the day and feel confident and at ease, not be preoccupied with worrying about whether you need to pack an emergency parachute in case you fall from the skyscrapers on your feet — you will have many more important things on your mind! However, if you do go for the heel option, bear in mind you need a height that enables you to walk comfortably. “A medium height of around 7–7.5cm is best, but if the shoes are comfortable it’s not a problem,” say Chawki. Anything over this height requires a platform to ensure foot health and comfort.
Invest in Quality
The higher in quality, the better your shoes will feel and the more your feet will love you at the end of the night. Also, quality doesn’t always mean a huge price tag; it just means you need to shop around — there are plenty of bargains to be found. Most importantly, ensure the materials are of a high standard, whether fabric or leather. “Expensive is not always better,” says Bianca. “Quality is what brides should be aware of. Always ensure the shoe is fully leather and leather-lined to offer maximum comfort and quality.”
Take a Backup Pair
If you can’t bear to walk down the aisle without heels but know that no matter how comfortable they are you just won’t be able to survive the night in them, don’t be afraid to take something a little more comfortable to slip into. It’s your day after all, so feel free to take an appropriate pair of patent or fabric ballet fl ats in a complementary colour to your dress to change into for the reception so you can dance and mingle all night. Michael says you should defi nitely invest in two pairs “so you can do a quick swap on the day”.
Get Properly Fitted
Bearing in mind that you’ll be on your feet from sunrise to sunset and beyond, now is not the time to assume you are a size 7 when you are actually a size 7.5. Take the time to visit as many shoe boutiques as possible and ask staff to assist you with sizing and for recommendations on appropriate heel height. “You know the shoe fi ts you well if there’s enough toe room and the shoe doesn’t pull or pinch anywhere,” says Bianca.
“Wear white gloves when trying your bridal shoes on so you don’t mark them,” says Michael, “and always wear a stocking and treat them like your very first pair of shoes.”
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