You have the dress, the veil, the jewelry, even the right underwear for your wedding, but what are you missing? The right wedding shoes can mean the difference between bliss and blisters, radiance or a ripped hem. Not every wedding shoe is right for your wedding, no matter how cute. Choosing the right wedding shoes requires a lot of considerations including season, groom height, wedding dress style, color and length of the dress, cost, wedding formality, fit, construction, length of time and location of venue, and bridal preference.
Wedding shoes should always be coordinated with the hem and base of the gown rather than the bodice or veil.
If satin shoes are preferred, it is important to remember that almost all satin wedding shoes are too white to match wedding gown fabric and must be dyed to properly coordinate.
Be sure to budget plenty of money toward wedding shoes. They are an important accessory.
Proper wedding shoe fit is essential due to the fact that receptions and weddings are typically lengthy events involving a lot of time on your feet. Shoes that are too big will result in tripping. Wedding Shoes that are too small might ache your feet after a day of standing.
Maintaining seasonal guidelines is still essential, especially on your big day. Winter is no time to wear sandals.
Purchase two types of wedding shoes, specifically with a comfortable pair for your reception if you plan on a lot of dancing.
Select a heel size that compliments your groom so that you are at the right height for photographs. Be sure to have your gown hemmed with your heel height in mind.
Whites vary. Don't guess. Be sure to carry a swatch of your gown while wedding shoe shopping.
For ultra-formal gowns, choose classy wedding shoes instead of clunkers.
Purchase shiny wedding shoes to match shiny wedding gowns, matte boca shoes to match matte gowns.
Be careful when choosing Lucite or vinyl wedding shoes for the glass slipper look. They can make your feet sweat and cause blistering if the fit or form is improper for your feet.
Be sure if you choose a sandal that the fit is taut enough to not cause too much give. It can cause your dress to get trapped between your wedding shoe and gown, resulting in gown damage or tripping.
Break in your wedding shoes for several weeks prior to the wedding day, but be sure not to get them dirty.
Choose a wedding shoe that will not bring attention to itself. You don't want to wear shoes that incline guests to stare at your feet. When in doubt, choose a more simplified shoe.
Shop for wedding shoes later in the day when your feet are slightly swollen.
Add special traction pieces to the bottoms of your wedding shoes for safety or hand-scuff sole surfaces to prevent you from slipping while you walk.
Be sure to coordinate embellishments with your gown. If you have rhinestones or crystals in your gown, you might choose to put rhinestones or crystals on your shoes. If you have pearls on your bodice, perhaps you will want pearls on your shoes as well.
Let your wedding shoes fit your personality. If you want white boots, buy white boots. Just be sure to consider all of the other aspects of wedding shoes when selecting them.
Think out your wedding shoes well. Stay focused and don't over-do it. If your gown is at a length that will keep your feet hidden, spending a large chunk of your wedding budget on shoes is not necessary.
If you want ultra comfort and classic style, think satin ballet slippers.
Don't wear someone else's concept of the perfect wedding shoes. Use your heart and your head without being forced into buying unwanted shoes by that bridal boutique consultant, your matron of honor, or your mom.
Remember, your wedding shoes are an essential part of your wedding wardrobe. Be sure to keep in mind your budget, accessories, and desires. In addition, consider helping your groom select his shoes if he is not renting them from the tux shop. Some of the same considerations come to mind in choosing the right wedding shoes for your husband-to-be, an activity he may not have thought about. With careful shoe consideration, your feet can look fabulous without aching by the time you get to your honeymoon.
Have you been thinking about going hiking with the family?
As the weather warms up, many people start planning outdoor activities. What better way to enjoy the outdoors and get exercise at the same time than to go hiking? Whether you hike for an hour or a day, here are a few tips to get you started on the right foot!
For a short hike, you can probably get away with wearing comfortable shoes and clothes and taking a bottle of water and a small snack. For longer hikes (over an hour) or hikes in inclement weather (including high heat and/or humidity), though, you'll probably want to invest in some hiking gear. Look for clothes made from technical fabrics intended to dry quickly and wick moisture away from your skin, and boots made specifically for hiking. Hiking boots provide grip and support that tennis shoes do not have. You'll also want to be certain to have enough water and snacks ? many hikers prefer to wear a backpack water bladder with a flexible straw. Last, pack some common-sense gear such as a map, compass, small first aid kit, and signal whistle or mirror.
Hiking trails are everywhere! Even most metro areas have a few trails snaking through them. To find a good hiking trail, check with your city, county, or state conservation department or with your local hiking club. Some states and metro areas even have whole books published describing the many trails in the area, so don't overlook your local bookstore as a source of information.
Different hikers have different preferences in trail surfaces. Some hikers prefer paved surfaces ? if this is you, you may choose to hike along paved bike trails. Be sure to check first to make sure that the trail is open to hikers, and be on the alert for approaching bikers. If you prefer dirt or grassy trails, you may need to look a little harder, but try to resist the urge to strike your own path.
Hiking is just walking without a sidewalk. Keep your stride natural. Find a comfortable pace. Look at where you're going, not at your feet. Be sure to drink plenty of water and keep a close eye on the time so you don't find yourself miles from your car as the sun is setting.
Leave No Trace
The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics encourages all users of the outdoors to practice their seven Leave No Trace principles. (for more, please see www.lnt.org) These principles include:
- Travel on Durable Surfaces. Use existing trails and walk in the middle of the trail, even when muddy. Walking around muddy puddles results in a widening of the trail at that point, which is often an unnecessary encroachment on the natural areas surrounding a trail.
- Dispose of Waste Properly. Pack out your garbage. If you need to make a "pit stop" while hiking, walk a short distance away from the trail, dig a hole, and cover the hole back up when you are finished. Pack out your toilet paper.
- Leave What You Find. Don't pick flowers, remove historical artifacts, or damage trees or other growth.
- Respect Wildlife. Don't follow or feed wild animals, and keep your pets restrained.
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