I plan to shop for my wedding shoes in the same way as I did for my wedding dress: via a steely process of elimination.
The bridal shoes I have encountered thus far have been a touch frou-frou for my taste. Think sickly saccharine bows or flowers vying for attention, an epidemic of diamante, and high, clumpy heels that wouldn’t look out of place at a strip joint. Call me crazy, but I plan to invest in something I’ll actually want to wear after the wedding.
My brief is T-bar, art deco dancing shoes that whisper of a bygone era, something in keeping with Great Gatsby-fuelled decadence. My shoes will, ideally, be fashioned with a four-inch heel, not just because adding a bit of height is the oldest slimming trick in the book, but also because it would negate the need to take up the hem of my wedding dress – my groom is currently weighing up the pros and cons of towering bride versus yet another dint to the budget.
Here are some lovely bridal shoes that fit the bill…
Emmy Shoes, Francesca, £695
After a spell designing luxurious accessories for Bottega Veneta, Emmy Scarterfield decided to go it alone, founding her company, Emmy Shoes, in a bid to create ‘exquisite, timelessly feminine' occasion footwear. Needless to say, I immediately feel in love with the Francesca style, pictured above and below.
The Francesca is embellished with crystal and mother of pearl shell embroidery, and is made in soft blush leather with a metallic rose gold trim. These are, without a shadow of doubt, my dream wedding shoes.
Rachel Simpson, Carmen, £165
These ivory satin T-bars, see also main picture, are right on-brief with their darling two-tone fan shaped motif in pale rose suede and metallic champagne leather. Extra points for the hidden platform and interior padding: that should make all-night dancing a little more bearable.
Freya Rose, Maria, £495.00
These are a bit bling, but I do like the shape. Hand embellished with dazzling cubic zircoinia and fresh water pearls you say? Sounds suitably artisan. The Maria features a lovely silver kid-leather crossover – and there’s that hidden platform again. A contender.
Rupert Sanderson, Figaro, £535
Freed of London, Audrey, £65
At the more modest end of the price scale are these simple yet classic silver T-bars by iconic dance supplier Freed of London. Established in 1929, Freed’s original Covent Garden shop, with its frozen-in-time fixtures and fittings, is an absolute must-visit. Buy these, and you’ll be safe in the knowledge that your shoes have been made with a night on the dance floor in mind.