Seven Things to Consider as the Mother of the Bride

Seven Things to Consider as the Mother of the Bride

Finding the Perfect Mother of the Bride Footwear

mother and father of the bride

As the mother of the bride or groom, you want to look and feel your best on your daughter or son's special day. That includes finding the perfect footwear to complement your outfit and perfectly fall in line with the wedding's activities. But with so many options out there, and so many factors that may affect your decision, how do you choose the right shoes? Not to worry, as we have the perfect list of things to consider when selecting mother of the bride footwear...

1. What type of wedding is it?

outdoor wedding location

Consider the venue of the wedding. Will it be held on grass, a beach, gravel? This will help you determine the type of shoes that will be most suitable. For outdoor weddings with soft or uneven ground, you may want to opt for flats or block heels to prevent sinking into the ground. 

2. What is the time of year?

wedding location

Take into account the season and weather conditions. If it's a hot day, your feet may swell, so it's important to choose shoes that provide enough room and comfort, possibly ones that are also adjustable. On the other hand, if it's a cooler season, closed-toe shoes or boots might even be more appropriate. If it is likely to rain, you may want to avoid delicate materials and leather soles.

3. Do you usually wear heels?

heels vs flat shoes 

Consider your comfort level with heels. If you're not accustomed to wearing heels, it's best to choose a lower heel or opt for flats. You'll be on your feet for a significant portion of the day, so it's important to prioritise comfort. If you are not used to wearing heels, but you wish to elevate your look to the maximum by wearing high heels, make sure you have the shoes within plenty of time before the wedding so that you can get used to them.

4. Do you have foot problems?

woman with doctor checking her foot health

If you have any foot problems such as bunions or hammer toes, it's crucial to find shoes that accommodate these conditions. Look for shoes with a wider toe box or consider custom orthotics to ensure proper support and comfort. It is important to choose high quality shoes with softness and significant padding to ensure your feet are sufficiently supported.

5. How much time will you spend on your feet?

dancing at a wedding

Think about how much time you'll be spending on your feet during the wedding. If you'll be dancing the night away, you'll want to choose shoes that are not only stylish but also comfortable enough to keep you on your feet all night long. If you are more on the shy side and prefer to socialise over the dinner table, there will be less pressure on your feet and the choice of footwear is not as crucial as the latter scenario.

6. Are you trying to match or complement your outfit?

mother of the bride with her daughter

Of course it is important to look the part, so you want your shoes to complement your outfit. For a cohesive look, try to find shoes that match the colour of your dress, or if it consists of many, pick the most flattering. If you prefer a more eclectic look, you can choose shoes that add a pop of colour to your ensemble. This is a good choice especially if your outfit is on the simpler side, as the accent shoes will add some character.

7. Is the shoe an investment for special occasions?

staple wardrobe pieces

If you're looking for shoes that you can wear for future special occasions, it's important to choose practical colours and styles. Neutral colours like black, nude, or metallics are versatile and can be paired with a variety of outfits. Additionally, consider the durability and quality of the shoes to ensure they will last for years to come.

happy and proud mother of the bride

Luckily, there is a vast range of shoes available to fit every possible scenario. Whether you're looking for one particular occasion, or many, you're sure to find the perfect mother of the bride footwear that will make you feel confident and beautiful on your son or daughter's big day.

Our Top Picks For the Mother of the Bride

Lola Wide Fit Court

wide fit stylish court shoes for weddings

Courts are a classic style of shoe and have proved to be great for the mother of the bride or groom for many years. Our Lola style possesses all the lovely elements of a court heel, providing a smart and sleek overall appearance, but with a twist! Featuring a lovely ruching accent design on the toe, this style is particularly perfect for weddings and special occasions

Vivienne Wide Fit Flat

wide fit plain leather black flat shoes

For many reasons, a heeled shoe may not be suitable for the mother of the bride, in which case a flat is the way forward. Our Vivienne flats are an ideal option as they provide comfort and stability, whilst maintaining a formal appearance.  

Lena Wide Fit Sling Back

wide fit two tone occasion shoes

Sling backs are a great style for the mother of the bride as they are pretty practical. Featuring a subtle buckle, our Lena sling backs can be adjusted throughout the day to accommodate possible foot swelling that can occur in hot weather, or often from long periods of standing. Also being a transeasonal style, they are definitely a staple for any formal wardrobe. 

Krista Wide Fit Sandal

neutral wide fit block heel sandals

Depending on the nature of the wedding, a sandal may be the best fit for the mother of the bride or groom. Our Krista sandal is a fabulous option because they fall around the middle in the sandal category. The sturdy and thick block heel aids stability, and its modest height makes the style nice and practical for lots of types of terrain.

Penelope Wide Fit Heel

Wide fit occasion heels in green suede with matching clutch

One of the most typical options for a wedding, heels will always look lovely and elegant. Our Penelope heels are particularly good for the mother of the bride as they are not your average uncomfortable stiletto. Featuring a smart strap and sleek 6cm heel, this style remains practical, alongside the fabulous comfort features that include memory foam padding in the leather insoles. 

wide fit shoes for mother of the bride

Whilst it is important to consider these seven factors as the mother of the bride or groom, you can rest assured that there are lots and lots of options to choose from that remain comfortable, as well as stylish, so you can truly enjoy the special event.

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