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Your first dance with your hubby should be a moment characterized by joy and unadulterated love, but sporting the wrong shoes on your big day can transform a blissful spin around the dance floor into utter agony. Brides shouldn't have to choose between elegant footwear and comfort on their big day. With the correct preparation, stiletto-sporting brides can indulge in their footwear fantasies without unnecessary foot pain. If you crave the elevation heels provide without the accompanying suffering, read on for six footwear hacks to keep you dancing until dawn at your wedding.
1. Break in Your Heels
Breaking in one's wedding shoes may seem like an unnecessary step towards comfort on your big day, but stilettos that have been lightly worn will offer greater ease of movement than a pair that has yet to be removed from their packaging. Try slipping into your shoes at home for increments of 30 minutes the week before your wedding to ensure a less painful processional. If you want to increase the expansion of your shoes, you should try wearing thick socks under your heels.
2. Lubricate Strappy Sandals With Deodorant
If your primary problem with your wedding shoes is a strap that rubs your feet the wrong way, consider moistening the skin irritated by the shoe with deodorant. Just as oil buffers the interaction between machinery cogs, so too will deodorant provide a cushion between your feet and your footwear of choice.
3. Purchase a Pair of Inserts
Investing in a pair of cushioned inserts for your wedding footwear is even more important to nuptial bliss than selecting the perfect pair of heels. The array of insert options is infinite, which means you can choose an option based upon your particular foot ailments. If you wish for an all-encompassing solution, search for a gel or full insole that supports the length of your foot. However, brides with more targeted concerns can opt for smaller pads that support the arch, toe, or ball of the foot.
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4. Line Shoes With Plush Fabric to Minimize Friction
Before sporting your heels on the big day, discuss with your cobbler lining the interior of your shoes in thin, downy fabric. Heels with especially aggravating straps or restrictive designs can be made more wearable with the addition of moleskin or an equivalent material.
5. Increase Width With Heat
Warm your heels before breaking them in. Whether you place heels is close proximity to a radiator or use a hairdryer as your heat source of choice, elevating the temperature of will increase the ductility of the fabric, allowing your shoes to move comfortably and conform to the contours of your feet when you slip them on moments later. However, be sure to refrain from overheating your shoes — you don't want burned soles on your big day!
6. Select Heels That Are Slightly Large
In order to secure a literal wiggle room for your toes, select a shoe size for your wedding footwear that is slightly larger than your normal size. Try shoes that are one half size to one full size above the normal size you take. When testing shoes before your purchase, make sure there is adequate room at the toe and heel, yet not enough space to make movement difficult.