Let's Talk About Wide Fit Wedding Shoes
Posted on April 15 2019
One of the questions we get asked a lot is 'do you do wide fit wedding shoes?' It's hardly surprising because you want to be completely comfortable on your wedding day, and the last thing you want is for your shoes to rub or pinch.
People say our feet are getting wider and that's certainly true, however I also think that high street shoes aren't helping as many of them seem to be made to fit narrower and narrower feet. And because so many of them are made from synthetic materials there's absolutely no stretch, so whilst your poor feet have a habit of expanding and contracting throughout the day as they get hotter, the shoes stay exactly the same shape so it's pretty easy to work out why that's uncomfortable!
Whilst we don't market our shoes as specific 'wide fit', we work really hard to develop all our own moulds (called lasts), to ensure they give a really good fit. It's also about the cut of a shoe, so naturally some will fit your foot shape better than others. So I wanted to give you my top three tips for finding a pair of shoes which will be more suited to a wider foot, and illustrate this with a few examples from our collection which I know have been popular for this with lots of our brides.
1. Give a Little- Choosing the Right Materials
Now we're not saying that all synthetic shoes are bad- there are some incredible new materials on the market which do all sorts of fabulous things for your feet. But when it comes to materials you really do get what you pay for. There's a real reason why leather tends to be more expensive, because it really is a magical material! It gives, it stretches, it breathes... just like your feet. So rather than getting more and more tricky to wear as day turns to night, the more you wear a leather shoe, the more it shapes to your individual foot and it just gets more and more comfortable.
Beware the cheap shoe because it really can be a false economy. You don't have to go super expensive, but do check out exactly how and where they're made- sometimes it really is worth the investment. As the old saying goes, invest in a good bed and a good pair of shoes, because if you're not in one you're in the other!
Our twenties inspired gold t-bar Ginger (shown below) is a great example of a full leather shoe which gives a great width fitting. Made from a single piece of leather at the front, there are no seams to restrict the stretch and the soft leather gives when you wear them, meaning they just get more and more comfortable over time.
2. A Cut Above- Choosing the Right Style
I've been designing shoes for a long time- nearly 20 years in fact, so I've fit a lot of feet in my time, (I'm actually a trained children's shoe fitter and used to spend my summer holidays fitting a never ending queue of children in the dreaded back to school time, but I digress). During this time one thing I've learnt is that no one likes their feet- I'd be a millionaire if I had a pound for every time someone said 'I've got funny feet'. We've all got funny feet. That's one of the reasons we wear shoes, to cover 'em up ;)
In the same way some clothes are better suited to a shape than others, so some shoe shapes just fit certain feet better. I mean, I love barely there invisible strappy sandals, but having been blessed with my dad's long toes I leave that to the more petite feet of the world. My point is when choosing your wedding shoes look at the cut. Particularly important is where the top of the front part sits, in relation to your foot.Look at your feet and see where the widest part is- if a shoe is cut in the wrong place it will go straight through this wide bit, causing it to rub. Look for something which is cut high enough to give this bit some comfortable coverage. Even if it feels a little snug* when you put them on it will give, but if it's where a seam or edge is it just can't.
Our gorgeously vintage peep toe, Ada is a really great choice for a wider foot. The front of the shoe is cut slightly higher than some, meaning it gives comfortable coverage of the widest part of the foot.
* There's a big difference between snug and painful. If a shoe feels just a little bit snug when you put it on, chances are it will give. But if it feels uncomfortably tight don't risk it.
3. One Size Does Not Fit All- Choosing the Right Size
Nothing upsets me more than seeing someone struggle in their shoes because they've either gone too small or too big. Both can be equally damaging- too small and you get blisters and rubbing; too big and they slip as you walk and can also cause blisters. It's worth following a few simple steps to make sure you choose the right size in the first place.
Consider the time of day when trying your shoes. At the beginning of the day our feet are generally at their narrowest, before we spend eight hours putting pressure on them and causing them to swell. If you try your shoes on late afternoon chances are shoes will feel slightly tighter than if you'd tried them on first thing. There's no right or wrong time to try, but you do need to bear it in mind. I recommend trying your shoes on at different times of the day if you can, to double check you're happy with that size.
Will you be wearing tights or stockings, or will your feet be bare inside your shoes? It makes a huge difference so try your shoes on with the option you'll have on the big day. If you are wearing a tight or stocking, sometimes you need to err on the smaller size of shoe, as your foot is more inclined to slip out. If you want a more generous fit, chances are going barefoot will be best for you, as the skin has a greater connection with the lining so you can afford to go a little bigger.
If you're in between sizes, it's a good idea to go for a shoe with a strap- either an ankle strap, mary-jane or t-bar. If you have a wider foot we always recommend our wonderful Mimosa as not only does she have a supportive (but elegant!) t-bar, but her slightly higher cut front part really does fit a wide variety of feet.
So those are my top three tips for finding a wider fitting shoe- I hope they help. We understand that finding the perfectly fitting shoe is tricky, but it's so important you take the time to get it right. You can find fit information for each shoe in the product description, and our team are always here to help too.
Click here to take a look at the full collection, and do drop us an email or give us a call and we'll happily advise, and help you find your perfect wedding shoes.