By Meghan Cass
Flowers have popped up from the earth, kids are counting down the last days of school… and “save the dates” have arrived in the mail. Yes, spring wedding season is almost upon us. June is the most popular month for couples to wed, so if you have a fête to attend, the time to shop is now.
Comfortista consulted Libby Salerno, a Chicago-based personal stylist specializing in weddings and special occasions for advice on choosing shoes that will keep you looking stylish through a night of tears, toasts, and plenty of dancing.
“You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a great pair of shoes you can wear to a wedding, and everyday afterward,” she says.
Comfortista agrees, and edited the following selection of versatile styles that you can wear to the ball and beyond.
First and foremost, Libby advises clients not to stray too far from their regular heel height, even for special occasions.
“Chose a heel height that you are already comfortable wearing on a daily basis,” she says. ”That way you’re not forcing your foot into something foreign for a big night out.”
“Shoes with a closed, rounded toe, or even a slight peep toe are pretty and appropriate for a spring wedding, and are somewhat versatile when it comes to the unexpected weather patterns of the spring season.”
Comfortista loves Naturalizer’s Marianne Pump in porcelain and frost, and Soft Style by Hush Puppies’ Corina Sling Pump in bone vitello. Neutrals and nudes are big this year and match almost anything in your wardrobe.
“Some women live by the rule of comfort and simply do not wear heels. Flat shoes are always appropriate for a wedding, provided that you choose a dressy pair. There are so many fun options for flat shoes these days,” says Libby.
Can’t you picture Audrey Hepburn or Sofia Coppola in these Beccentic Ballerina Flats from Aerosoles? The unexpected pop of color would bring a little black dress to life.
If you do choose heels, Libby suggests carrying a pair of dressy flats in your handbag to slip into if your heels become unbearable.
She also warns against platforms: “they make it harder to walk, let alone dance.” And narrow toe boxes: “You know that feeling when your toes hurt from rubbing against the insides of your shoe, or just feel squished in? It’s important to find a toe box that accommodates your tooties.”
Click here to browse a full-selection of FootSmart’s dress shoes. Happy shopping!