The Slipper Fits
For some brides, the dress is everything. For others, the perfect shoes can make as much of a statement as the gown so choosing the right pair becomes a serious challenge.
Let’s face it, unless you are a very unusual woman, the chances are high that you have the odd Carrie Bradshaw ‘shoe lust’ moment as you walk past the window of your favourite shoe shops.
From graceful high heeled peep toes to elegant leather pumps, there is always a new kind of shoe on the scene that seems essential to add to your wardrobe.
For brides, picking out the right shoes to match the dress can be a real challenge, but also a lot of fun. However, when you are getting married by a sandy beach in Thailand, there are practical considerations as well as aesthetic ones to bear in mind.
Below are a few tips on how to pick out the best shoes for your destination wedding.
High Fashion Bride
Even a traditional bride has to concede that ivory or white satin shoes are probably not the best idea for a tropical wedding in Thailand. Sandals are a much more practical choice to ensure your feet stay cool. Nicholas Kirkwood’s striking python and vinyl sandals are fashioned from pure python skin and the stiletto sandals also feature a glitter trim and a molten heal, with a curving strap that snakes elegantly around the foot. These stylish shoes are perfect for a wedding ceremony on your villa’s elegant sun terrace… after all, you don’t want your heels sinking into the sand.
If you plan on dancing the night away, you won’t want to be tottering around on a pair of spindly high heels all day. Even iIf you opted for a pair of stilettos during the day, why not switch to a more comfortable pair of flats for the evening celebration? That way you can dance to your heart’s content without giving yourself painful blisters. Rene Coavilla’s Ruby Lace Sandals are anything but dull. Crafted from sumptuously soft leather, the chic design features lace panelling and cut out detailing topped off with glittering diamanté.
Rock n’ Roll
If the traditional satin, diamanté and lace detailing used in bridal footwear isn’t for you, there is no reason why you can’t opt to wear shoes that reflect your personality a little more closely. An increasing number of brides are breaking the mould when it comes to wedding day footwear, and for rock n’ roll brides, it is often a comfortable pair of Converse that comes at the top of the footwear list. Not only are Converse practical for a night of dancing, but they add a glorious hint of humour to a more relaxed wedding celebration.
If you are a bride that needs a height boost without sinking into the sand on stiletto heels, a good pair of wedges is a practical choice. Stuart Weitzman’s classic wedge sandals tick all the boxes when it comes to practicality and style. Available at Harrods, the Decloslinky shoe (pictured) features a subtle texture on the upper part of the shoe, which is enhanced by graceful gold detailing to the toe, buckle and heel.
Barefoot Beach Babe
If you are want to feel the sand between your toes when you say your vows, then why wear a pair of shoes at all!? Many brides are opting for ‘hippie’ elements in their wedding day ensemble, whether it is flower crowns, sweeping cotton dresses or bare feet. However, there is no reason that bare feet have to be boring. First of all, head to one of Thailand’s spas (or hire a spa therapist to come to your private villa) to pamper your feet with a pedicure. Then, slip on some elegant foot jewellery to ensure your feet are gleaming just as brightly as your dress is – even with no shoes.
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