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Are you planning a wedding? Congratulations! Are you planning a wedding and have chronic pain? Congratulations! I was there a few short months ago – 2 days short of 3 months – and still suffer from the Postwedding Blues. The Postwedding Blues is a mix of anxiety and depression some brides experience after planning their wedding and walking down the aisle. I’ve got it bad. I still look at wedding dresses, write wedding articles for websites (to hopefully come out soon), and do my research. Then of course, there is the personal component of this blog. Much of my wedding advice for chronically ill brides comes from my own nightmare of a wedding planning experience. This is some solid, tested advice you can trust because I’ve been there.
Why write about comfort shoes?
The shoe is the most important part of your day followed by the dress because of comfort. If your feet aren’t walking on clouds, then you will be in excruciating pain. I tried to wear Adrianna Papell kitten heels for my ceremony and went total bridezilla by the time the reception rolled around because I was in so much pain.
My first suggestion for brides with chronic pain? Don’t even think about kitten heels!
This list is in descending order, with the best, or most comfortable, being first, to least comfortable, being last.
1.Crocs Women’s Flat Sandal in Oyster
I’ll say it. I wore Crocs at my indoor wedding in December. Yes. White dress Crocs. These. I came out in my kitten heels because I was too embarrassed to with my guests, but you know what? No one could tell when I changed into these! These were by far the most comfortable shoes I tried.
My Pick: Crocs Women’s Flat Sandal in Oyster
2.Converse Unisex Chuck Taylor Perforated Stars High Top Sneaker
Everyone knows the popularity of Converse in weddings. It’s more than about hipsters – they’re comfortable for your big day! These converse are extremely bridal and almost look lace-like with perforated stars. Delicate and a little rock-and-roll, the best of both worlds for a bride with chronic illness.
3.Converse Women’s Chuck Taylor All Star Sparkle Trim Low Top Sneaker
A dressed-down, lower profile version of the shoe above, these Converse Chuck Taylors are great for brides with edemas or swelling. A high top shoe can make it difficult to get your foot out of the wedding shoe if your legs and feet are swollen.
4.Converse Unisex Chuck Taylor Hi Top Sneaker
This one’s my favorite shoe of all time, my dream shoe, the shoe that would have been my wedding shoe if I could have found it in time. This shoe, this beautiful, comfy shoe, is for my LGBTQ+ brides and grooms, my chronic illness brides who love rainbows all over the spectrum, and brides who want a little color under their dress. You just want to have color and love comfort for this to be your wedding shoe.
5.Adrianna Papell Women’s Tonya Ballet Flat
When it comes to wedding shoes, brides love Adrianna Papell because of her delicate, fairytale designs. She even has Cinderella-like shoes to go with her theme. However, when you suffer from chronic pain, I don’t recommend harsh, firm plastic to encapsulate your feet in for a day. There is only one shoe by Adrianna Papell that I can recommend for a bride with chronic pain, and it is this one. It only covers your toe and heel, giving room for foot swelling, and is flat, allowing yourself to be free of the pain any kind of heel gives you, the bride.
Don’t put yourself through any kind of pain just to be pretty for one day of your life! It’s better to enjoy it!