Pinching, blistering, rubbing... Not great. Keep your feet comfy on your big day with these pointers...
Before your wedding day...
#1 Buy the right size
It sounds basic but make sure you buy your shoes in the right size! A shoe that is too big (or too small). It's surprisingly common to have feet that are slightly different sizes; if that applies to you, buy your shoes in the size that matches the biggest of the two.
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#2 'Stretch' your shoes at home
This is a simple trick to try before your wedding day: put on a pair of thick socks, before donning your shoes. Then, blast your shoes with a hair dryer in order to soften the leather. This should help reduce tightness and that uncomfortable 'starchy' feeling new shoes can have.
#3 Make sure your toe nails are trimmed
Short, neatly-cut nails will be less likely to cut your feet - especially if you're wearing pointy-toed shoes.
On the wedding day...
#1 Sit down regularly
Sounds basic but it's true! Not only will this take the pressure off your feet but it will
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#2 Rub Vaseline into any painful bits
Inside the shoe, obviously. An old wives tale suggests that rubbing soft wax into the inside of your shoe - targeting the bits that rub or pinch - can help make the fit more comfortable. If you don't have a soft candle to hand, Vaseline makes a great substitute. (Perhaps try it in advance in order to make sure it works for you.)
#3 Make sure you have inserts and plasters to hand
Gel inserts and padded plasters are god-sends if you can feel a blister or cut developing. Ask one of your bridesmaids to keep a stash to hand in her bag!
And if you're not convinced...
Make sure you have some super-comfy flats with you, in case of an emergency. Click here for some sweet ideas for customising your shoes!